MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview

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The MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is offered by specialists in the field of Applied Linguistics.

Key Features

Swansea University has one of the longest established TEFL training and education centres in the UK and is internationally known for excellence in vocabulary research. Currently staff expertise exists in corpus linguistics, computer assisted language learning and stylistics. Internationally recruited staff offer a wide range of relevant experience and contacts across countries and continents as well as different levels of kinds of education. The MA in TEFL is intended for those who have already begun to develop an informed interest or have some previous training or relevant experience in the field.

Students who study the MA TEFL can take the TKT Practical Certificate. TKT Practical is an internationally recognised teaching Certificate and a test of professional practice for English language teachers. TKT enhances professional development, allows graduates to move onto higher level teaching qualifications and provides professional support materials.

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences. 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
PORTFOLIO PATHWAY - Compulsory modules 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students opting to follow the Portfolio pathway must take all of the Modules listed below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALEM21Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis for ELT
ALEM22Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Communicative Language Teaching
ALEM25Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Describing English
ENAM00Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Classroom Teaching Practice
AND
Porfolio Pathway - Compulsory modules selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select two modules from below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALEM20Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ENAM03Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Young Language Learners
ENAM09Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language Testing and Assessment
OR
DISSERTATION PATHWAY - Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 100 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students opting to follow the Dissertation Pathway must take all of the modules listed below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALEM18Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Vocabulary: teaching and learning
ALEM19Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Methods for ELT
ALEM20Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ALEM21Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis for ELT
ALEM25Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Describing English
AND
Dissertation Pathway - Compulsory modules selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select one of the modules from the list below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ENAM03Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Young Language Learners
ENAM09Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language Testing and Assessment

PGDip 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules

None found.

Description

The MA in TEFL has two parts: a taught component and either a dissertation or practical teaching of English language classes.

Students following the practical route will be supported, observed and assessed teaching English.  They are also required to produce a portfolio of teaching and testing materials. This route would be indicated on the final MA certificate.

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in English Language or a relevant discipline, normally a lower second or above or equivalent.  Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the writing component and a minimum of 5.5 in all other components.

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £5,700 £13,300
MA Part-time £1,900 £4,450
PGDip Full-time £3,800 £8,850
PGDip Part-time £1,900 £4,450

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the programme do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Student Quote

“Studying abroad has always been one of my dreams. My friends have always told me that the period studying as a student is the most enjoyable time in life. I didn't really believe it till I started my MA course at the Swansea University. The course in Teaching English As a Foreign Language (TEFL) helped me to deepen my knowledge in that field. All of the lecturers I had a chance to meet were really helpful, motivating and friendly. They were professional and possessed a great knowledge of what they teach. The modules offered include theory as well as practice. The facilities provided by the University, such as computer rooms and the library were great as well and well equipped. I really regret that the time I spent in Swansea is now over now. It was a great experience for me and gave me a chance to meet and make friends with many people from all over the world.”

Anna Marie Poczta

TEFL

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