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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)
(28 Feb 2022 – 2 Jun 2023)

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

A postgraduate 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 typically consists of three trimesters of full-time study over one calendar year (March to February). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, the programme will now comprise 2 trimesters of *half-time online study and 2 trimesters of full-time study at SEAMEO RELC in Singapore.
  • In Trimester 1, 2022 (28 Feb to 2 Jun 2022), participants will commence *half-time online study in their respective home country. An on-line orientation programme will be arranged prior to the commencement of the programme.
  • In Trimesters 2 (11 July to 14 Oct 2022) and 3 (14 Nov 2022 to 18 Feb 2023), course participants will attend the course full-time in a residential mode at RELC in Singapore.
  • In Trimester 1 of the 2023 Academic Year (28 Feb 2023 – 2 Jun 2023), participants will continue with half-time online study in their respective home country.

    Number of courses per online trimester and per residential trimester:
  • Trimester 1, 2022: Online (half-time study) – 2 courses
  • Trimester 2, 2022: Residential (full time study) – 4 courses
  • Trimester 3, 2022: Residential (full time study) – 4 courses
  • Trimester 1, 2023: Online (half-time study) – 2 courses  

    If travel restrictions prevent travel to Singapore in July 2022, then Trimester 1 and 2, 2022 will be online and the residential phase will begin in November 2022 and continue until June 2023.  
  • Trimester 1, 2022: Online (half-time study) – 2 courses
  • Trimester 2, 2022: Online (half-time study) – 2 courses
  • Trimester 3, 2022: Residential (full time study) – 4 courses
  • Trimester 1, 2023: Residential (full time study) – 4 courses  
  • Details of the courses can be found on-line at 

    *”Half-time” is equivalent to around 30 hours of study per week. It is demanding and requires that course participants are given some time off from school duties or a lighter teaching load while undertaking their studies.


2 trimesters of *half-time online study in their home country and 2 trimesters of full-time study at a residential phase to be held at SEAMEO RELC in Singapore 



Course participants are required to complete twelve courses (180 points). Each course is worth 15 points. The actual twelve courses to be included in the programme in any given year are set in advance by the course directors, although there may be some elective choice.  


Course participants 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, i.e. 120 points instead of 180 points.   

Note: Courses are subject to change


Assessment in each course is by a variety of types of written and oral assignments. There are no examinations. Guidelines (e.g. topic, length, format, etc.) for the preparation of assignments will be provided by the lecturers.


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#519 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 Language Assessment

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 This course focuses on the role of teachers as researchers who seek to improve their classroom teaching and learning environment. It will cover the essentials of classroom research design, including establishing a research problem, writing research questions, selecting methods, writing a literature review, and collecting and analysing data.  Students will have the opportunity to explore and write a proposal for a small-scale classroom-based research problem in language teaching, learning or assessment in the students’ teaching context. The course will also discuss practical issues on research proposal, schedule, and ethics.

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#544 Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching

Description Discourse is language in use. This course explores the analysis of discourse structure in spoken and/or written text, and considers applications in language teaching.  

LALS#531 Computer-assisted Language Learning

Description This course engages participants in a critical examination of theoretical and practical issues in Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL). Students will develop an understanding about using, evaluating, and designing digital materials and tools for language learning and teaching. Students will also engage in creative thinking by undertaking a CALL project.

LALS#525 Learner Autonomy and Learning Strategies

Description 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.

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#516 Special Topic: English for Academic Purposes

Description A study of the nature and contexts of English for Academic Purposes, including the application of current research to teaching and learning issues.

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: 3 January 2022


  1. Applications can be sent via email at
  2. Please submit the following documents for your application:
  • Victoria University of Wellington Application Form
  • Application Form (completed and endorsed)
  • Medical Examination Form (For overseas applicants only)
  • A copy of your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution
  • A copy of your transcripts, certified by your institution.  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.)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A scanned copy of your passport
  • A copy of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)

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




Year 2022 course fees

Tutition Fees:

  • 12 Modules: SGD 36,220 (inclusive of GST)
  • 8 Modules (After Exemption): SGD 24,150 (inclusive of GST)

Registration Fees (non-refundable): SGD128.40 (inclusive of GST)


* 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.   


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. 



  1. All fees are subject to change at any time without notice; 
  2. 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;
  3. RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  4. Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.  

Payment of fees

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

Refund policy

  1. The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  2. Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  3. 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;
  4. 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
  5. 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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