Our course provides theories and methods in teaching English as a second language and develops your research skills, enhancing your professional performance in the future.
About this course
The course allows you to improve or update your knowledge and understanding of teaching English as a foreign or second language. It has a strong emphasis on:
- language learning
- interaction in second language classrooms and wider settings
- teacher development
- engagement in learning and with technology
What you'll learnWhat you'll learn
By the end of the course you will be familiar with current developments in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In particular, you will develop your knowledge of:
- language learning
- features of communication in a range of settings
- teaching methodology
The course is available to:
- those with teaching experience (in-service)
- those without teaching experience (pre-service)
- lecturers at higher education institutions
Your developmentYour development
As part of the course you will carry out a research project. This encourages you to explore teaching and learning issues through collecting and analysing data. Our research methods module will provide you with a range of research tools and training.
To ensure a positive learning experience, a variety of support is available, focusing on:
- critical thinking
- academic writing
Quality and RankingQuality and Ranking
We rank in the top 100 for Linguistics - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
Our staffOur staff
Our staff have experience of teaching around the world. They are actively involved in research and we incorporate relevant research findings into the course content. Dr Mei Lin leads the course.
We deliver modules through a mix of:
- group activities
Most modules last one semester. Teaching takes place during the day at our Newcastle campus. We don't deliver teaching over the weekend.
The course consists of three main parts:
- compulsory modules (60 credits)
- optional modules (60 credits)
- research project (60 credits)
Optional modules include a wide range of modules in TESOL and applied linguistics, as well as linguistics and education. You can build the course to match your individual interests and/or future career needs.
We use a variety of teaching methods to:
- support your learning experience
- develop your learning potential
- prepare you for real-world challenges
Interactive sessions encourage you to apply new knowledge, concepts and skills to your practice. Weekly independent study tasks allow you to engage with and contribute to sessions and seminars.
If you choose to study part time you will take up to 80 credits during your first year. During second year you will complete the remaining credits and conduct your research project.
You will have access to the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences' resource centre and iLaB. You will also have access to:
Contact UsContact Us
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take 60 credits from the following modules:
- ALC8021 Understanding Multimodal Communication
- ALC8022 Computer Assisted Language Learning
- ALC8033 English for Academic Purposes
- ALC8029 TESOL for Young Learners
- ALC8030 Reflective Practice and Second Language Teacher Development
- ALC8027 Spoken Interaction in Language Learning and Testing Contexts
- ALC8036 Materials Design and Evaluation in TESOL
- ALC8028 Thinking Skills in ELT
You may take one of the following non-Applied Linguistics and TESOL option modules to a maximum 20 credits instead of one of the optional modules shown in the list above. Alternative option module arrangements may be considered with the approval of the Degree Programme Director:
- ALC8001 The Social Psychology of Communication
- ALC8002 Sociolinguistics
- ALC8007 Professional Communication
- ALC8008 Language and Cross Cultural Communication
- ALC8009 English in the World: Global and Cross Cultural Issues Surrounding English as a 'Lingua Franca'
- ALC8012 Introduction to Interaction Analysis
- ALC8010 Culture, Interculturality and Indentity
- EDU8046 Developing Thinking Skills
- EDU8172 Leadership and Strategic Management
- EDU8213 The Future of Learning
- NCL8007 Career Development for Masters level students (Cracking Careers: Exploring and Driving your Career Options)
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
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Fees & Funding
Here are the fees you will pay for your course and some potential funding opportunities.
The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £17,370
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
Here are the academic and English language requirements you need to study on this course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:
- English language
- English literature
- a similar related subject
We will also consider your application if you have:
- two years of full time language teaching experience and
- a lower degree classification
- or a degree that is not English/language-related
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship