the master of tesol

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The Master of (TESOL) consists of four (9) units (144 credit points). Students are required to complete four (4) core units and five (5) option units. The normal load for full-time students is three (3) units per semester. The normal load for part-time students is two (2) units per semester.

  1. objectives of the programme
  2. The program provides four obligatory core modules on teaching and learning and five optional elective modules focused on specialisations in teaching language learners in classrooms, materials evaluation, materials design, computer-assisted language learning, language testing, learner strategies, and programme evaluation. Along with this, students will get an accessible introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods, and ample support for their assignment and dissertation writing.

  3. length of the programme
    • Full-Time: 24 Months - 4 terms - 144 credit hrs with dissertation
    • Part-Time: 48 Months - 8 terms - accumulated 144 credit hrs with dissertation
  4. requirements for admission (including procedures) A good BA honours (or equivalent) degree (GPA 3:1 or above). For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TEOFL score of 580 (computer based 230). Prior knowledge of Linguistics is useful. 2.4 distinctive or unusual aspects of the programme This modular MA has an 'Early Exit' feature will be attractive to practising teachers who are unable to leave employment for a full-time course, as the content of each term can be accumulated towards the full Masters award.

Students can exit the course early with a Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL (see PG Certificate in TESOL for details) or Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL (see PG Diploma in TESOL for details). Students wishing to take this option should apply for the exit in the semester prior to that in which they expect to transfer. On completion of the transfer, enrolment in the Master of TESOL will be cancelled and replaced by enrollment in either the PG Certificate or PG Diploma as required. MAinTESOL-ProposedbyDrRAboduan/March 8, 2010

Students can progress from a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) to Postgraduate Diploma (104 credits) to Masters (144 credits). The MA can be completed over a two year full-time or four-year part-time period.

Rationale for the Programme

  1. relevance of the programme to the UAE
  2. The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is aimed at (prospective) teachers of EFL at secondary level and above, Educators, school secondary level academics, offering an opportunity to update and extend their knowledge of current concepts and theories relating to TESOL methodology and language description.

  3. the student market that the programme will (seek to) attract
  4. This programme aims to attract current and prospective teachers of English as a second/foreign language, as well as materials writers for courses of TESOL and holders of first degrees in General linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and English Language Teaching.

  5. potential employer (or other) demand
  6. Graduates of the MA in TESOL could potentially be employed as academics, educators,

    English teachers, TESOL teachers, school secondary levels coordinators, and curriculum designers

  7. Enrolment estimate developing s for the first 5 years of the programme's operation

This program is primarily directed towards recent graduates of UAEU, other local and Gulf universities as well current teachers and overseas students who are seeking a qualification to count towards better chances in employment and research. Others with appropriate educational backgrounds may also apply to enroll.

It is expected that enrollment numbers would increase steadily in the program's initial 5 years plan. MAinTESOL-ProposedbyDrRAboduan/March 8, 2010

Master Program in TESOL COURSE RULES and detailed Course Structure Participants are required to complete four (4) core units, plus five (5) optional elective units.