MSc in Teaching English Language in University Settings

The MSc TELUS is a specialised distance/online Master’s degree in applied linguistics for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

This innovative two-year part-time course offers a cutting-edge introduction to the linguistic and pedagogic knowledge and skills needed for teaching English language in higher education. A low-residency course, it is characterised by intense online interaction and feedback, using a range of communication media.  Its small-group teaching format pursues the Oxford tradition of demanding much of students and giving them much in return.

Students are admitted as Postgraduate Diploma students. Those who complete the Diploma at a high level may progress to the MSc, subject to a satisfactory dissertation research proposal. For further information about the MSc TELUS course, please contact the Professional Programmes Course Administrator.

MSc TELUS students who succeed at the highest level can go on to doctoral study in Applied Linguistics.

Is this course for you?

Are you preparing students for university studies in an English-medium institution? Are you teaching English to students in arts, science or social science subjects who need to access literature in English in their discipline?  Are you co-teaching at university level with content lecturers whose first language is not English?  Are you aspiring to move on to teaching in one of the many university settings worldwide where English is important?  If so, this course offers you a stimulating environment in which you can broaden your knowledge, deepen your understanding and sharpen your skills in contact with current research in applied linguistics.

What prior experience do you need?

Applicants are expected to have English teaching experience (normally at least one year), a willingness to reflect upon their teaching, and a commitment to work very hard undertaking an exciting intellectual endeavour.

How is the course taught?

The course is taught over two academic years, preceded each year by a week’s residential module in Oxford (in 2017, 20th -25th August – tbc).  Numbers on the course are kept low, to ensure quality of teaching and learning: in each year we aim to recruit a maximum of eight students, for a total of sixteen students in the two year groups working together in a given year.

There are four distance-taught modules per year, spread over two eight-week terms from October to April. The assessment for each module comprises a take-home examination and a reflective portfolio. In the third term of the first year, students may pursue guided individual study on a chosen topic, and students who wish to progress to MSc usually take advantage of this opportunity to begin developing a dissertation project.

Who teaches the course?

The tutor for this course is Dr. Heath Rose. Heath is an experienced teacher educator, having coordinated the M.Phil. in English Language Teaching at Trinity College Dublin before coming to Oxford, and previously having worked on The University of Sydney’s M.Ed in TESOL. Heath has been engaged in English Language Teaching since 1997, and has worked with students in university settings since 2003. In delivering the course, he combines this practical experience with his research background in second language teaching and learning. Heath is the co-author of Introducing Global Englishes (Routledge), and the forthcoming books Global Englishes for Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press), and Doing Research in Applied Linguistics (Routledge).

Heath will be supported by a teaching assistant from the Applied Linguistics group at the Department of Education. This means that there will always be two academics working with students and helping with learning questions and technical questions.

What do TELUS students think…

…about the course content?

The TELUS course is constantly challenging my beliefs and perspectives and providing me with cutting-edge information to apply to my teaching and understanding of education and language learning.

I never imagined this module would be as fascinating as it was … I’ve learnt so much that I can apply to my classes.

The handouts are wonderful … I return to these documents and they are a valuable resource… an interesting multimedia mix with much food for thought.

…about the teaching approach?

A rigorous, but supportive and friendly learning environment.  I have learnt more during the last two terms than during all years of my previous training.

The non-prescriptive approach used in TELUS really helps us to arrive at research-based realisations that are relevant to our contexts; this is far superior to pushing us into the ‘right’ way of teaching something even though it might not work in our location with our students.

The feedback is personal, critical, positive, motivating.

…about the group atmosphere?

There is an excellent group feeling, the materials are excellent and the feedback extremely competent, generous and interested.

There is a wonderful sense of community.  I know that everything I write is taken seriously and will get a response.

…about preparing them for the future:

It has been so much more than learning about linguistics and teaching; it has taught me how to teach myself, how to continue learning, and how to read critically. 

This course was exactly what I needed to re-energise me and to open my eyes to a world outside of the commercial EFL environment.  My job will never be the same again!

Where can I learn more about the course?

Click here for an overview of the course.

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