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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (15 Feb 2021 - 11 Feb 2022)

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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.


Our Master of Arts in TESOL programme aims to provide educators with in-depth knowledge and tools to advance their skills in teaching English as a Second or Foreign language. Excellent opportunities for key research in the fields of TESOL and Applied Linguistics are provided. This course is designed to better equip educators with the knowledge for enhanced application in a language learning classroom. Delivered by internationally-recognised researchers and grounded in their own experiences, our programme is designed to bridge the gap between research knowledge and application.


By the end of the 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; and
  • Plan and carry out their own small-scale empirical research studies.   

Period and Nature of Study

  • The programme consists of three trimesters of full-time study over one academic year.
  • In 2021 the programme begins on 15 Feb with a two-day pre-course orientation programme. It ends on 11 Feb 2022.
  • In trimester 1 (15 Feb – 21 May 2021) and trimester 2 (5 Jul - 8 Oct 2021) course participants of the programme will study at a compulsory residential school at SEAMEO RELC in Singapore through a combination of face-to-face and blended (face-to-face and on-line) courses.
  • In trimester 3 (8 Nov 2021 – 11 Feb 2022) the course participants will continue their study on-line in their home country.
  • In each trimester course participants enrol in four 15 point courses.#

Details of the courses can be found on-line at



Description of Courses

Course participants are required to complete twelve compulsory courses. However, 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

*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 This course examines 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 Research

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#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.Module Description

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.Module Description

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the programme are:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, English Language, Education or a language other than English (or another relevant degree);
  2. At least 2 years of professional experience in language education or other areas of applied linguistics;
  3. For students from non-English speaking backgrounds, an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; or TOEFL internet-based test: 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.


Application Details

Application Details

The closing date for application is on 27 November 2020.


  1. Applications can be done 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 applicant 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 2021 course fees to be confirmed (TBC).

* 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 course successfully, the candidate must satisfy the below criteria. A course 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 Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages conferred by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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