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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)
(17 Feb 2023 – 16 Feb 2024)

Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) English Language

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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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


Please download the application forms under 'Application Details' section.



Victoria University of Wellington’s Masters of TESOL attracts English language teachers from around the world who wish to upskill and become more effective in classroom teaching, assessment and curriculum design. Teachers in the programme are equipped 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 research studies. 

Period and Nature of Study

  • The programme will begin on 20 February 2023 and end on 16 Feb 2024. There will be an orientation programme from 17 to 18 February 2023.
  • Students are expected to arrive at RELC on 16 February 2023.


  • Students are required to be in Singapore for 34 weeks and 2 days of compulsory residential school:

    o Academic Orientation (17 to 18 Feb 2023) and Weeks 1 to 34 (20 Feb to 13 Oct 2023): Residential
    o Weeks 35 to 52 (16 Oct 2023 to 16 Feb 2024): Online

    (Note: Dates listed are tentative and subject to change.)
  • Students will complete the online courses in their home country during weeks 35 to 52.

    (Students will be doing 4 courses during the online phase, so there is an expectation that they will be released from work duties.)



Students are required to successfully complete 12 courses to be awarded the MTESOL.

Applicants with the RELC Diploma in Applied Linguistics (or equivalent qualification) may be given exemptions for up to 4 courses


LALS#510 Listening and Speaking in the Language Classroom

Description This course explores a range of principles and practices for the teaching and learning of listening and speaking skills in the second/foreign language classroom. Drawing on evidence from classroom research, the course explores evidence-based proposals for addressing the practical issues that teachers face in planning and and implementing instruction. Particular emphasis is given to the design of classroom materials, activities and lessons, and principles for managing classroom learning.

LALS#511 Teaching Reading and Writing

Description 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.

LALS#530 Special Topic: Teaching English as an International Language

Description The changing sociolinguistic landscape of English has led to a paradigm shift in the Applied Linguistics discipline, calling for a critical re-assessment of ELT assumptions and practices that have been traditionally oriented toward native- English speakers' linguistic norms and practices. This course engages students in exploring the recent sociolinguistic development of the English language in various international contexts, and its implications for teaching English in today's globalizing/globalized world.

LALS#520 Learners and Second Language Learning

Description 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#522 Teaching and Learning Vocabulary

Description The study of second language vocabulary learning and teaching, including factors that influence vocabulary learning, the roles of incidental acquisition and deliberate learning, how to select words for learning and how to assess vocabulary knowledge.

LALS#523 Assessment for Learning in the Language Classroom

Description A study of the theory and practice of language assessment, with particular reference to classroom learning. Both formal tests and a range of alternative procedures are covered, having consideration for the purpose of the assessment and the requirements of the learning environment.

LALS#528 Classroom-Based Research for Language Teachers

Description The course focuses on the role of teachers as researcher who are seeking their classroom teaching/learning environment. It combines current reflective language teaching theory with the development of a hands-on action research plan.

LALS#529 Task-Based Language Teaching

Description Task-based language teaching (TBLT) has been extensively theorized and researched in recent decades and widely adopted in language teaching and learning internationally. Drawing on theoretical and classroom perspectives, this course explores task-based course design, teaching and assessment. It considers the practicalities of adopting TBLT in contexts familiar to teachers on the course.

LALS#512 Teaching and Learning Grammar

Description An analysis and evaluation of diverse pedagogical interventions intended to facilitate grammar acquisition, with a view to helping practitioners optimise their design of course materials and classroom activities.

LALS#515 Language Curriculum Development

Description The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the processes, issues and options of language course design and evaluation.

LALS#521 Language for Specific Purposes

Description 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 detail through analysis of target communication, and how learning opportunities relevant to that target should be selected and managed in particular contexts of learning.

LALS#542 Interaction and Identity in Language Learning

Description This course explores what theories of identity contribute to our understanding of the teaching and learning of language in educational contexts. It examines how language and identity are interconnected and considers implications for classroom practice.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the programme are:


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

b) At least 2 years of professional experience in language education or other areas of applied linguistics;

c) For students from non-English speaking backgrounds, an overall IELTS or IELTS Indicator test score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; or TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition[1]: 90 with a minimum 20 in writing; or Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 65 (with a 'Communicative' score of not less than 58) is required.  


Applicants with a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics conferred by SEAMEO RELC or an equivalent post-graduate qualification will be eligible for a four-course exemption.   

[1] The TOEFL iBT® Home Edition is an option for students who prefer to take their test at home rather than a test centre.

Application Details

Application Details

Closing Date: 17 January 2023


1. Applications can be sent via email at

2. Please submit the following documents for your application:

  • RELC Application Form (completed and endorsed)
  • Victoria University of Wellington Application form 
  • RELC Medical Examination Form
  • Officially certified copies of the applicant’s certificates of degrees/diplomas
  • Officially certified copies of the applicant’s transcripts. Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English. (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)
  • Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Scanned copy of your passport
  • Officially certified copies of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL or Pearson Test of English results for applicants from non-English medium education systems 

3. Please submit a soft copy of the above documents to RELC via email at



Year 2023 course fees

Registration Fees: SGD155.60 (inclusive of GST)
Tuition Fees: 
SGD42,600 (12 modules) (inclusive of GST)
SGD29,500 (With exemption - 8 modules) (inclusive of GST) 


  • All fees are subject to change without notice; 
  • 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; and 
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.


Payment of fees

  • The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents; 
  • Fees are payable before the commencement of the course; 
  • Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  • An administration fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.


Refund policy

  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  • An Administration Fee of S$160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation / withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received; 
  • Full course fees paid is non-refundable if the notice cancellation / withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and 
  • Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.

Grad Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To complete the programme successfully, the candidate must satisfy the below criteria. A programme participant whose progress has not been satisfactory may be required to terminate his/her candidature.

  • Obtain a pass in all courses;
  • Satisfy class attendance requirements; and
  • Complete all on-line tasks, where applicable.



The programme will lead to the award of a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) conferred by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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