Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
The Master 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 Aotearoa New Zealand
- graduates of Aotearoa 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. See also the Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa 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's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Students wishing to enrol in the MTESOL must have qualified for a bachelor's degree or equivalent (a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses is normally expected). Relevant work experience will also be considered. All candidates will need to be approved by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can enrol online at MyUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The programme comprises 180 points made up of six courses (at 30 points each).
The programme is usually completed in twelve months full-time, although part-time study is possible. The MTESOL can begin in July (Semester 2) or November for full-time students. Part-time students can begin in February, 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.
MTESOL students will engage with contemporary thinking on:
- language acquisition
- learning and teaching
- 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).
The course and structure is as follows:
Semester 2 (July–November)
- EDEM 631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning
- EDEM 633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
Summer session 1 and 2 (November–February)
Semester 1 (February–June)
See the Regulations for the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages for the up-to-date course Schedule.
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.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
For study planning help please contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
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