Graduate Programmes in TESOL

The ALC offers two graduate courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Our MA and GradDip TESOL programmes are aimed at experienced TESOL teachers with at least 1 year of relevant teaching experience in Ireland or overseas. They are designed to provide teachers with practical knowledge and skills they can immediately apply to their teaching practice. Students will see a difference in how they approach their teaching and in the value they give to their students. Most importantly, our programmes work around typical language school timetables, which means students have the opportunity to continue teaching full time while undertaking the TESOL courses.

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We are pleased to announce that the Applied Language Centre is now offering 4 competitive Scholarships for applicants on the 2020/2021 MA TESOL programme: Click here to apply for the Scholarship Scheme

Our TESOL programmes cover a broad range of subjects relevant to ELT professionals and their career advancement.  Students will explore the theoretical underpinnings of English language teaching and will link them directly to their experience in the classroom. Graduates from the programme are well positioned to take up employment as specialist teachers and/or academic managers, contributing significantly to teacher development and the design of teaching materials.

Each week, research will be brought to the practical setting of the classroom context as students develop their knowledge and reflect on good practice. This goal will be achieved through the use of small groups, discussions, teaching observations, presentations, workshops and blended learning.  

Student testimonials

                 May - MA TESOL student 2018/2019

"I would like to thank all of the MA TESOL lecturers for their support during the course of the modules and the final thesis, and also everyone at the ALC who helped me. This course allowed me to explore the theoretical underpinnings of English language teaching and link it directly to my experience in the classroom. As an ESL teacher, I found that it really helped me to develop my knowledge and reflect on good practice. I was quite influenced by the CLT approach and would like to apply it in my future teaching career in China."

     Eva - MA TESOL student 2016/2017 

"The MA TESOL programme helped me to reflect on my previous years of teaching experience and added valuable, up to date theories in second language pedagogy which I can apply in my daily work. The lecturers were supportive at all times, and a collegial atmosphere encouraged an enriching intercultural dialogue between all those participating in the programme. This led to increased insights into the topics being discussed, as each of us approached them from our own lived experience. What I appreciated most was a step by step guidance into research methods whereby we were equipped with a solid foundation to allow us to embark on further research." 


Proud MA TESOL students and staff at the graduation ceremony.

For further information, please contact the TESOL administrator here.

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