BA TESOL and Spanish (4 year)

Course Overview

The BA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Spanish degree offers you the opportunity to study a major world language and discover the rich history of Spain and Latin America, not to mention the chance to experience life in a Spanish-speaking country first-hand during your year abroad.
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.
Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview.

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 Spanish:

  • All of our degrees combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the Spanish- speaking world.
  • Our staff are experts in film, gender studies, medieval and early modern literature, theatre studies and travel writing
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Spain or Gran Canaria.
  • Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad.
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • Have a look at our blog for more information.

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
Optional Modules
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
TESOL Compulsory Modules - Selective  

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must choose at least one from the following modules. ALE204 and ALE225 are both subject to interview, they cannot be taken together. ALE200 cannot be taken with either module.

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
TESOL Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select sufficient modules to make a total of 60 credits in English Language

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

Description

Students study six modules, three modules in Spanish and three modules in TESOL.

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.

In Spanish:

  • At Level One students take compulsory modules in Spanish language and, for most schemes, a module on Hispanic culture designed to introduce you to the rich diversity of Hispanic history, politics, literature and film. Beginners in Spanish follow intensive language modules in their first year in order to reach a standard equivalent to A-level. There are a range of optional modules available including Gender in European Culture and Contemporary European Film.
  • In the second year you continue to develop your language skills and, depending on your degree scheme, you choose from optional modules such as: Translation Workshop; Myths of Evita Perón; Culture, Politics and Diversity in Spain; European Fascisms; Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). 
  • In your final year, following your year abroad and immersion into the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, you will take compulsory language modules and specialise in Hispanic culture, literature and film in options such as Politics of Identity in Spain; Love, Honour and Identity in Hispanic Theatre and Film; Gender and History in Latin American Culture; Dissertation.

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 Quotes

"I chose to study at Swansea University because the range of subjects offered suited my interests. I spent my third year teaching English language in a school in Gran Canaria. I enjoyed every minute of it. I developed my Spanish language skills and also had the opportunity to work and travel. I chose Swansea University because of its location. It is close to the park, the beach and near to a vibrant city centre where there is lots of nightlife. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Swansea; the course and the year abroad in Gran Canaria have given me a thirst to travel and use the skills and experience I have gained during the past four years.”

Ross Clarke


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 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.

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