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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

A one-year full time programme jointly offered by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and SEAMEO RELC. Part-time study is also available. 


1. Learning Objectives

By the end of the MA TESOL programme, 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

The course will be conducted at SEAMEO RELC Singapore and will begin on 2nd March 2015 and end on 26th February 2016.

Students are required to attend 34 weeks of compulsory residential school:

  • Weeks 1 - 34        (2 Mar - 16 Oct 15)              *Residential

  • Weeks 35 - 52      (19 Oct 15 - 26 Feb 16)      *Online

Students will complete the online courses in their home country during weeks 35 - 52 (19 Oct 15 - 26 Feb 16).

It is a full-time one-year programme which consists of two face-to-face courses and two blended courses taught at SEAMEO RELC as well as four online courses. Part-time study is also available. 

3. Description of Courses

Eight compulsory courses (Each course is worth fifteen points):




Listening & Speaking in the Language Classroom (blended course)

This course examines issues related to listening and speaking in the second language classroom and draws on principles derived from second language acquisition research that can inform effective teaching practice in these areas.


Teaching Reading and Writing (blended course)

This course looks at the examination of the principles behind the effective teaching of reading and writing skills in another language and the application of these principles in the preparation and use of teaching materials.


Language Curriculum Development (online course)

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


Learners and Second Language Learning Acquisition (online course)

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.


Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (online course)

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


Language Testing (online course)

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


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-bassed 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.


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.


*Courses are subject to changes.

*Guidelines (e.g. topic, length, format, etc.) for the preparation of assignments will be provided by the course lecturers.

4. Programme Requirements

 To complete the programme, a participant must:

1. obtain a pass in all eight courses

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. 

5. Course of Study

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

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

a. Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) in Linguistics, English Language, Education or a language other than English (or another relevant degree);

b. At least two years of professional experience in language education or other areas of applied linguistics;

c. Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics conferred by SEAMEO RELC (those with equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis);

Applicants who do not meet this requirement would have to complete an additional four online courses* as listed below:

LALS#512 Pedagogical Grammar of English

LALS#519 Special Topic: Task-Based Language Teaching

LALS#521 Language for Specific Purposes

LALS#525 Learner Autonomy and Learning Strategies

* Courses are subject to changes

d. For students from non-English speaking backgrounds, an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0 is required.

8. Fees Payable



(a)Registration fee (non-refundable)

SGD$128.40 (inclusive of GST)

(b)Tuition fee

NZD$18,800* (inclusive of 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. Victoria University international application form

2. RELC application form

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. Closing Date

 The closing date for application is 7 January 2015.