New Master of Specialist Teaching degree available in 2015 - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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One-year MTESOL Degree starts in 2016

From 2016, the University of Canterbury will offer the new Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL). This 180 point programme can be completed in just one year. The MTESOL was created in reference to the growing demand from educators in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) area in NZ and internationally (both English as a second language and English as a foreign language) with a strong focus on the use of technology.

Programme Coordinator, Associate Professor Una Cunningham notes that globalisation processes have led to new challenges and possibilities for English language education in many contexts.

“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.”

The MTESOL is ideal for teachers of English throughout the world, graduates of degrees from English speaking countries who wish to teach English in other countries, or teachers who want to specialise in English language education. It can be studied from anywhere in the world, meaning that students outside of New Zealand can get a top quality TESOL degree without ever needing to leave home. An international student studying this programme from home could expect to pay around $27,000(NZD). Part-time and fulltime study is available.

Students can follow one of three pathway options:

Graduates of the MTESOL will be able to facilitate the learning of English in a variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary and to understand contemporary thinking on teaching English to speakers of other languages, including technology-enhanced and technology-mediated learning, the situation of indigenous and heritage languages, the structure and use of English, 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.

To learn more about the MTESOL click here or contact postgraduate@education.canterbury.ac.nz