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Duration of studyThe duration of study is two years full-time or equivalent part-time. Full-time students will undertake four units of study per semester or eight units per year whereas part-time students may take two units per semester. One semester will …

Duration of studyThe duration of study is two years full-time or equivalent part-time. Full-time students will undertake four units of study per semester or eight units per year whereas part-time students may take two units per semester. One semester will …

Master of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

R/145/7/0056 (12.04.2028) | MQA/SWA0147

The Master of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed to meet the demand of degree holders for a postgraduate degree in TESOL.

This program aims to facilitate the development of disciplinary knowledge on second language acquisition, focusing on the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages; equip prospective teachers with the basic, intermediate and advanced tools for classroom practice in the area of TESOL; explore in-depth, current theories and pedagogy in second/foreign language teaching; critically investigate classroom issues related to teaching TESOL; critique second/foreign language teaching methodologies, discuss research trends in the field of teaching English as a second/foreign language and, enable students to explore and apply research methods and skills in TESOL.

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak.

Our Swinburne Advantage

The MA (TESOL) programme complies with the Australian Qualifications Framework and is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Register. It is taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers trained in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom. Classes are conducted via blended delivery. Students will able to complete the masters within two years (4 semesters). Each semester is 13 weeks long and students will only need to be on campus for 3 weeks per semester during the Malaysian school holiday period to accommodate working adults/practising teachers. Weekly online discussions and tutorial sessions are conducted via Canvas learning management system to keep track of student progress. The programme also includes four units which are conducted fully online, giving students the ultimate flexibility to learn and study at their own pace and convenience.

Note: Students are also enrolled for the Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching units (beginning with EDU), which are completed online.

INTAKES
January (special intake), March, August

DURATION

1.5 years# – 2 years #cognate student

Course details

Duration of study

The duration of study is two years full-time or equivalent part-time. Full-time students will undertake four units of study per semester or eight units per year whereas part-time students may take two units per semester. One semester will be dedicated to students carrying out their own original research (MAT6105).

Each semester consists of 13 weeks and there are two semesters per year. Each unit consists of 24 face to face contact hours and 12 online contact hours. In addition to formal class time, students are expected to participate in peer teaching sessions to give them an opportunity to experiment with language teaching techniques and critically evaluate them, as well as conduct real-life classroom teaching for relevant practical units.

Units of study

  • The programme consists of four units that are conducted online, and a nested suite with different exit points should there be a need for potential students:

    1. MAT4103 Educational Management and Leadership
    2. MAT4104 Methods and Approaches of TESOL
    3. MAT5101 Theories and Practices: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
    4. EDU60003 Curriculum Design and Assessment (Fully Online)
    5. MAT6101 Methods and Approaches to Language Research
    6. MAT6102 Issues in Applied linguistics
    7. MAT6103 Assessment in TESOL
    8. MAT6104 World Englishes
    9. MAT6105 TESOL Research Project.


    Additional units for non-cognate students*

    Students who do not have a relevant background in TESOL, TEFL, TESL, English or Education will be required to complete a further 4 units of study:

    1. MAT4101 Phonology and Grammar for English Teachers
    2. EDU60001 Nature of Learning and Teaching (Fully online)
    3. EDU60002 Digital Learning Environments or EDU60014 Design and Delivery for Online Learning (Fully Online)
    4. EDU60004 Scholarly Teaching: To Explore, Evaluate and Improve or EDU60005 Dynamics of Diversity for Inclusive Learning and Teaching (Fully Online)

    Note: Students are enrolled with Swinburne Melbourne for the Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching units (beginning with EDU), which are completed online.

Learning content

  1. To design learning and teaching activities, curriculum and assessments that are aligned with high quality intended learning outcomes for students.
  2. To design, implement and evaluate, independently and/ or collaboratively, curricula and pedagogical courses that are locally and internationally relevant.
  3. To creatively apply effective digital and technological skills in response to perceived teaching and learning contexts in order to enhance teaching/learning practices.
  4. To distinguish and explain critically socio-cultural and linguistic factors that impede or facilitate the learning and production of English in order to be able to teach English effectively in response to the needs of the students and institutions.
  5. To identify research issues, apply research principles and methods, conduct and report an independent TESOL research study.

Study planner for cognate entry

Special Jan intakeS1 2021S2 2021S3 2021
MAT4104 Methods and Approaches of TESOLMAT4103 Educational Management and LeadershipMAT6101 Methods and Approaches to Language ResearchMAT6105 TESOL Research Project
MAT5101 Theories and Practices: Listening, Speaking, Reading and WritingEDU60003 Curriculum Design and AssessmentMAT6102 Issues in Applied linguistics 
MAT6103 Assessment in TESOL 
MAT6104 World Englishes 

Message from the Course Director

Hugh Leong

For over a decade, Swinburne Sarawak has trained hundreds of English teachers both locally and internationally through short course programs, workshops, seminars and our TESOL postgraduate programs. Come and experience our wide range of TESOL postgraduate study options tailored specifically for your needs.

Hugh Leong, Course Director, MA TESOL program & Research Leader in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Centre of Education Research.

Fees & scholarships

Fee*

Malaysian students
RM32,960 total
International students
RM40,160 total

* All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.
STU member: RM19,776

Scholarships

At Swinburne scholarships are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students.

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Entry requirements

Prerequisite

To apply for this course, please fill in this registration form.

Contact person: Hugh Leong (Course Director)
Phone: +60 82 260 636 (ext. 7636)
Email: hjleong@swinburne.edu.my

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an approved undergraduate qualification in any discipline from a recognised university or college with a CGPA equivalent to a Malaysian CGPA of 2.5 or above.

English Requirements

English proficiency

English language proficiency consistent with Swinburne policies for admission of local and international students to postgraduate courses will be required for entry into the course. Potential students must produce evidence of an advanced level of proficiency in written and spoken English.

Applicants may also take the Versant English Placement Test (EPT) in  examination conditions to determine if they have met the required language proficiency level.

English language requirements

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Career opportunities

The Master of Arts (TESOL) program prepares students to become English language teachers at schools, universities and private education institutions, to work as course advisers, course designers, teacher trainers, or to set up private education businesses. It also lays a sound foundation for those who are interested in conducting research in language teaching and learning.

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