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


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

We now accept the Duolingo English Test! Find out more below and in Course Information!
Please download the application forms under Application Details.


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 26 February 2024 and end on 14 Feb 2025. There will be an orientation programme from 23 to 24 February 2024.
  • Students are expected to arrive at RELC on 22 February 2024.


  • Students are required to be in Singapore for 34 weeks and 2 days of compulsory residential school:
    • Academic Orientation (23 to 24 Feb 2024) and Weeks 1 to 34 (26 Feb 2024 to 18 Oct 2024): Residential
    • Weeks 35 to 52 (21 Oct 2024 to 14 Feb 2025): 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


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#513 The Pronunciation of English


Study of the phonological systems of English with a focus on using this knowledge for the preparation of teaching materials and assisting learners’ language use.


LALS#542 Interaction and Identity in Language Learning


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. 


LALS#528 Classroom Research


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#511 Teaching Reading and Writing


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#531 Computer-assisted Language Learning


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#522 Teaching and Learning Vocabulary


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#530 Teaching English as an International Language


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#529 Task-Based Language Teaching


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#515 Language Curriculum Development


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


LALS#512 Exploring Grammar Using Corpus Linguistics


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#525 Learner Autonomy and Learning Strategies


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. 

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 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); or Duolingo English Test: overall score of 120 with a 90 in the Production subsection 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

Closing Date : 24 November 2024

Applications can be sent via email at 

Please submit the following documents for your  application: 

  • RELC Application Form (completed and endorsed)
  • Victoria University of Wellington Application to Study as an International Student
  • RELC Medical Examination Form
  • Copies of your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution
  • Copies 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.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Scanned copy of your passport
  • Copies of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL or Pearson Test of English or Duolingo English Test results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)

Please submit a soft copy of the above documents to RELC via email At


Year 2024 Course Fees

  1. Tuition Fees:
    • SGD 44,200.00 (12 modules) (excluding GST*); or
    • SGD 30,600.00 (with exemption – 8 modules) (excluding GST*)
  2. Registration Fees: SGD 156.00 (excluding GST*)

* Course fees exclude 9% GST, which will be added during payment.


  • 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 SGD 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 SGD 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 are 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.

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 (MTESOL) conferred by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.