BA TESOL and Italian (4 year)

Course Overview

The BA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Italian opens doors to a variety of rewarding careers around the world. In the TESOL component, we look at ways of analysing language knowledge, language use across contexts and time and relates this to teaching English to speakers of other languages. The Italian component includes intensive training in Italian, in-depth analysis of modern and contemporary Italian society, history and literature.
Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview.
Students will also spend a year in Italy.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

In Italian:

  • All of our degrees combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the Italian- speaking world.
  • Italian is offered as a beginners, intermediate and advanced language.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Italy.
  • Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in Italy.

In TESOL:

  • The TESOL component provides a comprehensive grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language.
  • In year 2, students have the option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview. The typical cost is £1430;but TESOL students only pay the exam fee, currently £140.
  • Students can practice teaching during their year abroad.
  • Students also have the opportunity to develop their programming skills through the development of computer-assisted language learning materials.
  • Students receive thorough training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data.

Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
MLI100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (A)
MLI100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (B)
Optional Modules
Italian Compulsory  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select EITHER MLI160A & MLI160B OR MLI111A and MLI111B

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLI111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian for Beginners I
MLI112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian for Beginners II
MLI160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 1A
MLI160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian Language 1B

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules Selective - TESOL 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1 of the following modules. NOTE ALE204 and ALE225 are subject to interview. You cannot choose both. If you choose either ALE204 or ALE225 you cannot also choose ALE200

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children as Language Learners
ALE204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) A
ALE225Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) B
AND
Optional Module Choices - TESOL 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Modules to ensure you have a total of 60 credits in TESOL. However please note if you wish to select modules from the additional optional choices you would need to relinquish either 20 credits of optional Italian modules or 20 credits of optional TESOL modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sociolinguistics
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
ALE250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
EN-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Dialect
AND
Italian Compulsory modules selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits from the appropriate language stream. If you select MLI 260A/B you must also select MLI210

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLI210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Translation Workshop (Italian/English)To be taken with MLI260B.
MLI260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 2A
MLI260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian Language 2B
MLI270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Italian Language 2A
MLI270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Italian Language 2B
AND
Italian Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits from below. You must have a balance of 60 credits in TB1 and 60 credits in TB2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLI248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Classic and Contemporary Italian Cinema

Description

Students study three modules in Italian and three in TESOL.

The Italian component includes intensive training in Italian, in-depth analysis of modern and contemporary Italian society, history and literature.  

In the TESOL component, we look at:

  • how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts; 
  • how language has developed over time; 
  • how we learn our first language and subsequent languages; 
  • how language operates in bilingual contexts; 
  • how we produce and understand language in real time, as well as 
  • how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar.
  • how different methods are used to teach language;
  • how children learn an additional language;
  • how theories of second language acquisition relate to teaching;
  • how current research into English Language Teaching informs practice.

 

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB at A Level (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. Students should have a B grade at GCSE in a relevant language. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,600

Important Information for 2018/19: The Welsh Government has recently issued a statement (July 2017) outlining intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee in 2018/19 for full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation. This may mean the maximum tuition fee for 2018/19 could be set to increase from £9,000 to £9,295 per annum. If the Welsh Government passes this update to The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 later in the year, the University will apply to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to increase its maximum fee level to £9,295 subject to satisfactory approval of a variation to the 2018/19 Fee & Access plan. If approved by HEFCW, the University will immediately write to all students affected notifying them of this fee increase as soon as is practically possible.

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

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.

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

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

The typical cost is for CELTA £1430 but TESOL students only pay the exam fee, currently £140. 

Student Quote

“One of the most attractive aspects of my degree was the inclusion of a study year abroad. I went to Italy to study at the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, from which I have 11 months of fantastic memories. I am now employed as an International Development Officer”

Andy Patton BA Italian and Spanish


"I thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of modules on offer. The most important thing was the level of support from my lecturers. They all worked exceptionally hard, not just on a professional level, but also on a personal level to make sure I was comfortable, understood everything and worked to the best of my potential. I have reprised my role as an English teacher in China and also opened my own English school using the advice and training I received on my course. In my contracted employment I teach middle school and kindergarten, two jobs which before my degree I did not have the confidence to teach. However, armed with the knowledge I acquired, teaching is much easier and meaningful for both myself and my students."

Graham O'Donoghue


Research

The Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in many of the modules offered in this degree scheme

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their dissertations, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the The Language Research Centre (LRC)a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students. 

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English and TESOL Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English and TESOL will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA TESOL/TEFL
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English and TESOL. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.