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TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA, 3 Semesters) - Distance Learning

Duration (years)
3 semesters
Qualification Awarded
Master of Arts in TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Level of Qualification
Master Degree (2nd Cycle)
Language of Instruction
English
Mode of Study
Distance Learning
Minimum ECTS Credits
90

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Profile of the Programme

General Objectives

To provide students with a strong professional foundation for developing practical teaching skills in relation to TESOL; to further students’ understanding of English language teaching.

Specific Objectives

  • To develop in the student an understanding of a range of disciplines and areas of professional activity which underpin the field of TESOL and constitute its focus and its concerns;
  • To provide students with a solid theoretical foundation and the necessary professional skills in TESOL;
  • To equip the students with the linguistic knowledge, cultural understanding, and pedagogical training essential to the various aspects of TESOL;
  • To provide theoretical and/or practical support for actual situations within the language classroom,
  • To develop students’ skills in critical reading and ability to design a research project,
  • To provide the theoretical and/or practical basis required for the study of a doctoral degree."

Career Prospects

The MA TESOL programme prepares students and educators for global careers as ESL/EFL teachers and course developers. It is designed for those who may have little or no substantial teaching experience but who wish to gain a substantial postgraduate qualification early in their professional lives in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Graduates will be able to be employed as teaching professionals at private and state institutions, both in Cyprus and abroad, teaching English to non-native speakers of the language.

Access to Further Studies

The graduate programme will provide the basis for acceptance to a doctoral degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics.

Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid-terms, projects, and class participation. 

Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.

The student must complete 90 ECTS and all programme requirements. 

A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required.

Upon successful completion of this program, the students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse relevant professional issues affecting current educational practices in the area of English language learning and teaching;
  2. Reflect on and evaluate the quality of language teaching and learning;
  3. Locate and critically assess the relevance and value of recent research in the area of English language learning and teaching;
  4. Design, evaluate, develop and implement lessons and materials in English language teaching;
  5. Design and evaluate course curricula in relation to English language teaching and learning;
  6. Design, develop and implement research in their chosen area of specialization;
  7. Fully and confidently defend their ideas on language teaching and learning both orally and in writing;
  8. Synthesise, at a high level, data and ideas from secondary sources for seminar presentations and assignments;
  9. Critically assess and reflect upon one’s own practice and development as an English language teacher.
Section: A - Major Requirements
Min. Credits: 12  Max. Credits: 12
Min. ECTS Credits: 40  Max. ECTS Credits: 40
Notes:
Course CodeCourse TitleECTS Credits
TESL-500DLExploring Language for TESOL10
TESL-505DLSecond Language Acquisition10
TESL-510DLLanguage Teaching Methods and Course Design10
TESL-515DLLanguage Skills and Materials Development10
Section: B - Major Electives
Min. Credits: 15  Max. Credits: 15
Min. ECTS Credits: 50  Max. ECTS Credits: 50
Notes: Scheme A - Non Thesis Option: 5 Courses (15 CR / 50 ECTS) or Scheme B - Thesis Option: TESL-590DL (Required, (3 CR / 10 ECTS) and TESL-595DL (Required, 6 CR / 20 ECTS) and 2 courses (6 CR / 20 ECTS)
Course CodeCourse TitleECTS Credits
TESL-521DLTeaching English to Young Learners10
TESL-522DLTeaching English for Specific Purposes10
TESL-523DLTeaching Grammar10
TESL-531DLBilingualism in the Foreign Language Class10
TESL-532DLSociocultural Perspectives in TESOL10
TESL-541DLEducational Technology in TESOL10
TESL-542DLContent and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)10
TESL-550DLTeacher Education in TESOL10
TESL-590DLResearch Methods in TESOL10
TESL-595DLThesis20

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse TitleECTS Credits
TESL-500DLExploring Language for TESOL10
TESL-505DLSecond Language Acquisition10
TESL-510DLLanguage Teaching Methods and Course Design10

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse TitleECTS Credits
TESL-515DLLanguage Skills and Materials Development10
TESL-521DLTeaching English to Young Learners10
TESL-522DLTeaching English for Specific Purposes10

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse TitleECTS Credits
TESL-531DLBilingualism in the Foreign Language Class10
TESL-532DLSociocultural Perspectives in TESOL10
TESL-550DLTeacher Education in TESOL10