Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The programme offers students thorough engagement with our current understanding of language acquisition, learning and teaching languages and English linguistics to allow them to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need as English language educators.

TheMaster of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)is a one-year professional qualification aimed at producing skilful English language educators for a wide variety of educational settings in the 21st century, from early childhood through to tertiary level. With its future focus, this master's programme will give students the skills, knowledge and capabilities to be adaptable in the face of future English language developments, as well as technological and pedagogical advances.

This programme is ideal for:

  • New Zealand English language educators, or those who wish to specialise in English language education to emergent bilingual speakers of other languages in New Zealand
  • graduates of New Zealand universities who may currently teach or plan to teach English in other countries
  • teachers of English throughout the world who want or need to develop their language teaching.

This programme is available to study by distance, with teaching and learning conducted online.

Qualification structure and duration

The programme comprises 180 points made up of six courses (at 30 points each). The programme is usually completed in twelve months, although part-time study is possible. The MTESOL begins in July (Semester 2) for full-time students and part-time students can begin in July or November. Since the course runs throughout the summer, this timetable is useful for those who may be full-time teachers and wish to study part-time.

Subjects and courses

MTESOL students will engage with contemporary thinking on:

  • language acquisition
  • learning and teaching and
  • English linguistics.

Sub-topics include the learning of indigenous and heritage languages, technology-enhanced and technology-mediated learning, the structure and use of English, (including the study of linguistic corpora), and the position of English in all its varieties in the world, (including the study of language politics and current debate about the status of English and the native speaker).

There are three alternative ways to study the MTESOL:

ALTERNATIVE 1
MTESOL - Full-time study starting in July
2017

July 2017 -
October 2017
EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning

EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
November 2017 -
February 2018
LING400 English Structures EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages
February 2018 -
June 2018
EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning LING615 World Englishes

 

ALTERNATIVE 2
MTESOL - Full-time study starting in November
2017

November 2017 -
February 2018
LING400 English Structures EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages
February 2018 -
June 2018
EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning LING615 World Englishes
July 2018 -
October 2018
EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning

EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning

 

ALTERNATIVE 3
MTESOL - Part-time study starting in July
2017

July 2017 -
October 2017

EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning

November 2017 -
February 2018
EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages
February 2018 -
June 2018
EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning
July 2018 -
October 2018
EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
November 2018 -
February 2019
LING400 English Structures
February 2019 -
June 2019
LING615 World Englishes

 

ALTERNATIVE 4
MTESOL - Part-time study starting in November
2017

November 2017 -
February 2018
LING400 English Structures
February 2018 -
June 2018
LING615 World Englishes
July 2018 -
October 2018
EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning
November 2018 -
February 2019
EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages
February 2019 -
June 2019
EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning
July 2019 -
October 2019
EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

You are also required to meet UC’sEnglish language requirements.

  • IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 20 in writing
  • TOEFL PBT with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade
  • CPE with a minimum B grade
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE with an overall score of 64 and no PTE communicative skills score below 58.

How to apply

Apply to enrol online via myUC: https://myuc.canterbury.ac.nz/

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be ready for immediate employment, have a high level of digital competence and be aware of the challenges English language educators face around the world.