BA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

General

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Program Description

This degree provides future educators and teaching professionals the knowledge and practical skills necessary for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

You will develop the skills needed to explain and describe language and you will consider the practicalities of teaching, so you can develop effective lesson planning and classroom management techniques.

The programme is organised around four key themes: language description, language teaching, language learning, and an experiential theme. In addition to studying modules which link to these overarching themes, you will also gain first-hand experience in a language classroom whilst supporting English language teachers, allowing you to apply the knowledge gained throughout the programme.

By the end of the programme, you will be equipped to pursue a career in English language teaching, primary teaching, or academia.

Course content

In the first year, you will take a foreign language or study academic English allowing you to experience first-hand how a second language is learned. You will gain practical experience in a language classroom whilst supporting English language teachers and will study core modules related to the overarching themes.

In years two and three you will enhance your knowledge of each of these key themes, whilst also building on your classroom experience in new learning contexts. You will learn how to describe language and will have the choice of a variety of optional modules including inclusive education and supporting learning in children with additional needs.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Study in Education 5 credits
  • Second Language Acquisition and Learning 20 credits
  • Language, Learners and Society 20 credits
  • Supporting English Language Teaching and Learning 20 credits
  • English Language Description for TESOL 20 credits

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • English for Communication 20 credits

Discovery modules

  • You will study 20 credits of discovery modules.
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Education, Multilingualism and Social Justice
  • The Practice of English Language Teaching
  • Research Methods for TESOL
  • Students into Education 1

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • International Perspectives of Pedagogy and Practice
  • Inclusive Education
  • Literacies and Learning
  • English for Academic Study
  • English for Academic Study
  • Research Placement

Discovery modules

  • You will study 20 credits of discovery modules.
Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Final Year Project
  • Students Into Education 2

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Globalisation, Identity and English Language Education
  • Language Learning Technology and Materials
  • Supporting Learning in Children with Additional Need
  • Children, Families and Cultural Diversity: Philosophical Perspectives

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Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures supported by workshops and tutorials that allow you to focus on and discuss topics in greater depth. You’ll also learn through fieldwork, and use a wide range of online learning resources and discussions to develop and express your ideas.

Independent study is also an important part of this degree, allowing you to improve your critical thinking and research skills, develop your own interests and prepare for assessments.

Assessment

Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose. They are likely to include reports, poster and/or verbal presentations, media projects, fieldwork reports, group work, literature reviews and research, essays and the design of a science event.

Entry requirements

A-Level: ABB

In general, we expect applicants to have two ‘traditional’ academic subjects at A-level.

When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) this can be considered alongside A Levels and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A-Level and grade A in the EPQ.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low-income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Career opportunities

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages BA course provides a strong foundation from which to pursue careers in English language teaching, or a career relating to primary teaching, education and life-long language learning.

Graduates will also be well-equipped to progress onto postgraduate study in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or a related discipline.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

Last updated Feb 2020

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