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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 


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 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 on-line modules 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 modules and two blended modules taught at SEAMEO RELC as well as four online modules. Each module is worth fifteen points.  

3. Description of Modules

Eight compulsory modules:

MODULE CODE/TITLE       DESCRIPTION                                                                                                         


Listening and Speaking in the Language Classroom (blended module)

The course aims to assist course members develop competencies in planning, delivering and evaluating the listening and speaking components of language programmes in various educational settings.


Teaching Reading and Writing (blended module)

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 Design (online module)

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


Learners and Second Language Learning Acquisition (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.


Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (online 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.


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.


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.


*Modules are subject to changes.

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

4. 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. 

5. Course of Study

Course participants must satisfactorily complete all eight modules 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

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.)

Applicants who do not meet all the admission requirements may be considered and these candidates would have to complete an additional four on-line modules as listed below:

MODULE CODE/TITLE DESCRIPTION                                                                                                                   


Pedagogical Grammar of English (online)

Study of 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.


Special Topic: Task-Based Language Teaching (online)

Task-bassed language teaching (TBLT) has been extensively researched and adopted. This course draws on research and classroom perspectives to explore teaching through tasks. Its covers the areas of task-based course design, methodology, and assessment as well as the design of tasks for beginners and children through to advanced learners and adults.


Language for Specific Purposes (online)

A study of the theory and practice of developing courses for adult learners with specific professional or academic purposes for learning a language. In particular, the course examines ways of understanding the specific purposes in details through analysis of target communication, and how learning opportunities relevant to that target should be selected and managed in particular contexts of learning.


Learner Autonomy and Learning Strategies (online)

This course introduces the principles and practices associated with learner autonomy and learner strategies in language learning. A key emphasis will be placed on how the theories and research covered can be translated into classroom practice.

8. 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.

9. Closing Date

The closing date for application is 14 November 2014.