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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

A Joint Programme between SEAMEO RELC and Victoria University of Wellington (VUW)

Professor Deborah Willis, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, and Mrs Tay Sor Har, Director, SEAMEO RELC signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

Commencing in March 2014, a postgraduate programme accredited by Victoria University of Wellington, an MA in TESOL, will be taught here in SEAMEO RELC by both institutions.

The wealth of expertise from both Victoria University and SEAMEO RELC in teaching, training and research will enhance and add value to the opportunities for, and needs of, English language professionals in the Asia-Pacific region interested in a postgraduate degree in the Asia-Pacific region. Participants will find the courses intellectually stimulating as well as relevant to their context.

The one-year MA in TESOL, awarded based on students’ coursework, is ideal both for those interested in a career in English language teaching and those who wish to upgrade their professional standing.

Using a blended approach, comprising both face-to-face and on-line teaching, the MA TESOL is developed to be practical and relevant, and includes the following topics: Learners and Second Language Learning, Pedagogical Grammar of English, Teaching and Learning Vocabulary, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Language Curriculum Design, Language Testing, Classroom Research and Teaching Young Learners.

1. Learning Objectives

By the end of the MA TESOL, graduates should be able to:

  • prepare and critically assess teaching materials
  • plan a programme of language study
  • account for individual differences and difficulties in language learning
  • monitor and assess learners’ progress
  • advise teachers on effective procedures and interventions
  • read and evaluate research, theory and descriptions of classroom practice in language teaching
  • plan and carry out their own small-scale empirical research studies.

2. Period and Nature of Study

This one year course will begin on 3rd March 2014 and end on 2nd March 2015. It is a full-time one-year programme which consists of two face-to-face modules and two blended modules taught at SEAMEO RELC as well as four online modules. The duration of the residential stay is from 3rd March 2014 to 17 October 2014. Candidates are required to complete on-line modules in their home country from 18 October 2014 to 2 March 2015.

Each module is worth fifteen points, adding to a total of one hundred and twenty credit points. Course participants who do not have advanced standing granted by the university are expected to do four additional modules amounting to a hundred and eighty credit points conducted by Victoria University of Wellington.

Scholarships and Bursaries are now available for all Southeast Asian nationals who meet the entry requirements. Please contact us for more information.

# Face-to-face component may be completed on-line. Please contact us for more information


  • LALS 520 - Learners and Second Language Learning (online module)
  • LALS 512 - Pedagogical Grammar of English (blended module)  #
  • LALS 522 - Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (blended module)  #  
  • LALS 531 - Computer-Assisted Language Learning (online module)
  • LALS 515 - Language Curriculum Design (online module)
  • LALS 524 - Language Testing (online module)   
  • RELC Classroom Research (face-to-face)   
  • RELC Teaching Young Learners (face-to-face) 
  • *Guidelines (e.g. topic, length, format, etc.) for the preparation of assignments will be provided by the module lecturers.

3. Course Requirements

To complete the course, a course participant must:

  1. obtain a pass in all eight modules
  2. satisfy class attendance requirements
  3. complete all online tasks, where applicable

A course participant whose progress has not been satisfactory may be required to terminate her/his candidature. 

4. Grading System

Course participants must achieve a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.0 (equivalent to B-) across all the assessment procedures for the course.  The grading system is based on a 5-point scale, with a pass mark of 1.0 for individual modules.

Grade Grade Point
A+   5.0
A  5.0
A-  4.5
B+  4.0
B  3.5
B- 3.0
C+  2.5
C  2.0
D+  1.5
D  1.0
F  0.0

5. Course of Study

Course participants must satisfactorily complete all eight modules as listed. Course details are subject to change.

Modules Description

LALS 520 - Learners and Second Language Learning (online module)

This course looks at the role of the learner and the effect of individual differences on second language learning. Issues such as learner motivation, affect, aptitude and learner response to feedback are explored.

LALS 512 - Pedagogical Grammar of English (blended module)

This course provides participants with an insight into the grammatical system of English, with particular reference to frequency of data with a focus on using this knowledge for the preparation of teaching materials and assisting learners' language use.

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Frank Boers

LALS 522 - Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (blended module)

This course involves the study of the direct and indirect learning and teaching of vocabulary through the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Course Coordinator: Dr Stuart Webb

LALS 531 - Computer-Assisted Language Learning (online module)

This course engages participants in a critical examination of theoretical and practical approaches to Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). It examines issues related to CALL design, technologies and evaluation. The course also creates opportunities for students to engage in creative thinking by undertaking language acquisition.

LALS 515 - Language Curriculum Design (online module)

This course will familiarise participants with the processes, issues and options of language course design and evaluation.

LALS 524 - Language Testing (online module)

This course explores the design, development and analysis of language tests, especially for the purpose of assessing achievement or proficiency in a second language.

RELC Classroom Research (face-to-face)

This course focuses on the role of teachers as researchers who are seeking to assess and improve their classroom teaching/learning environment. Course participants will be introduced to a range of classroom-based research approaches, methods and techniques in language education. This course will provide them with the opportunity to explore small-scale problems in language assessment, teaching and learning in their own teaching context.

RELC Teaching Young Learners (face-to-face)

This course looks at the teaching of young learners in a second or foreign language context focusing on a theoretical framework and an understanding of aspects of how children learn a second/foreign language. The implications and application of these theories will be related and applied to individual classroom contexts.

6. Course Award

The course will lead to the award of Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

7. Admission Requirements

Candidates must possess a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, English Language, Education or a language other than English (or another relevant degree) as well as the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics offered by SEAMEO RELC (those with equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis).

The candidate must have a minimum of two years of full-time language teaching experience or a minimum of two years of experience in language planning and language development programmes.

The candidate must have a sufficient command of English to follow advanced study conducted in the English Language and to prepare written and oral assignments. Those from non-English medium education systems must have a recent TOEFL score of at least 575 with (preferably) a TWE of 5, or  237 on the computer-based test or 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing. Alternatively, an IELTS result of 6.5 is required with no sub-score below 6.  Results must be within 2 years.

(If you are registering for the TOEFL test, please quote our code number 2042. Your official score report will be sent to us directly from Educational Testing Service.)

8. Fees

The following are the fee components (in Singapore dollars):

Item Amount
(a) Registration fee (payable once only) S$107.00
(b) Tuition fee NZD$ 18,800.00#
  • The fees indicated above are inclusive of prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • The fees indicated above are subject to change at any time.
  • Students from outside Singapore are advised to subscribe to the Group Health Insurance Scheme at S$53.50 per month (inclusive of GST), as medical costs in the event of illness can be very high.

# Please note that fees are subject to change and candidates are required to pay the tuition fees in Singapore dollars at point of collection.  The exchange rate chargeable would be determined by RELC.


  • RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore, or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore.
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air travel and personal accident insurance for students.

9. Application

The following forms must be duly completed and submitted:

  1. Application Form RELC & Application Form VUW (in duplicate).
  2. Certified copies of a valid TOEFL/IELTS result (within 2 years; for applicants from non-English medium education system).
  3. Medical Examination Form RELC A228 (1 original and 1 copy) to be issued not more than six months before course commencement.
  4. Copies of degrees/diplomas/certificates/transcripts should accompany the application.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.
  5. Notarized passport is required.

10. Payment of Fees

Fees are payable before the commencement of the course.

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre.

Installment payment via Singapore-issued UOB credit card (interest-free monthly installments over 6 or 12 months) is also available, subject to the Bank’s terms and conditions.

11. Refund of Fees

Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing. Cancellations received before the commencement of the course will receive a refund (subject to approval) less the registration fee.  Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.

12. Closing Date

The closing date for application is 15 January 2014.