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Master of Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1.5 years
Start date: Expected February-2022
Campus:
Massey University
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Course details

Summary

Massey’s Master of Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) provides in-service development for practising teachers of English as a second language.

The Master of Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) offers you flexible study pathways. You will improve your ability to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Incorporate your professional experience into your study

The qualification offers extensive opportunities to engage with curricula from a teaching English as a second language (TESOL) perspective. You can also try out new approaches in your practice and reflect on your experience as a TESOL professional.

Get real-world skills

This programme will prepare you to contribute to research and professional understanding in a range of TESOL-related educational levels and research contexts.

Courses and assessments

Your assessments offer options to work on TESOL-specific issues and contexts as part of both the taught and research pathways.

The compulsory course 272.705 Advanced TESOL for Diverse Learners and Contexts, will deepen your TESOL-specific knowledge and skills. It examines a range of teaching approaches for integrating English language and content. It looks at the development and evaluation of TESOL-specific curricula. It also includes a critical reflection on TESOL-related theory, practices and current trends, including digital technology and assessment.

You’ll complete a research report or thesis as part of this qualification, supported by leading TESOL researchers.

Careers

Teaching English as a second language (TESOL) is a fast-growing area internationally. You’ll gain skills and experience that will prepare you for careers in language teaching and other areas related to language teaching research and practice.

You’ll learn how to support those who operate in multilingual contexts in New Zealand and abroad (for example, teachers, learners, migrants and refugees).

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers throughout the tertiary sector, and hold positions of responsibility in institutions including:

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • University of Canterbury
  • Massey University
  • IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute
  • universities in Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, including Danang University (Vietnam), Naresuan University (Thailand), American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), University of Putra Malaysia and University of South Australia.

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester. All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

The Master of Linguistics is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part before moving to the second, etc.

Coursework pathway
At least a B grade average is required in the Part One courses (120 credits) for progression to Part Two - Coursework Pathway

Research pathway
At least a B+ grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two - Research Pathway

Entry criteria

To enter the Master of Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor degree with at least a B grade average across the 200/300-level courses, and
  • have at least one full-time year of relevant teaching experience (or equivalent), or a

Have been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching or a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics. You will require:

  • at least a B+ grade average for entry to the research pathway
  • at least a B grade average for entry to the coursework pathway

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

Course variation

Expected February-2022 - Massey University

Campus:
Massey University
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1.5 years
Start date: Expected February-2022
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