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Structured PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Course Details

Course Code: PHHUMRFAD

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 4 Years

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Research

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Prof Fiona Farr
Email:
Fiona.Farr@ul.ie
Tel:
061 202980
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Brief Description

The new Structured PhD in TESOL at the University of Limerick is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and has been designed to build on the highly successful MA in TESOL (formerly MA in English Language Teaching) that has been running at UL since 2001. The programme is specifically designed for experienced English Language teachers, practitioners and researchers working in international contexts. It is a four-year programme which caters to students’ varying interests, experience and needs. The PhD in TESOL programme aims to: • Develop highly educated TESOL professionals • Produce TESOL researchers with critical research skills • Provide a professional qualification for work at third level.

  • Engage students with a range of concepts, methods, theories and knowledge derived from English language education and applied linguistics research.
  • Educate students to work with a range of English language educational problems across a variety of international contexts.
  • Enable students to develop research projects which will directly impact on their professional practice.
  • Expose students to a linguistically and culturally diverse educational experience.
  • Enrich students’ understanding of the discipline they teach.

 

  • The first year of the programme is taught on campus at the University of Limerick, with two semesters (Autumn and Spring) in which students complete core modules as well as choosing electives from a broad suite of modules offered by the School of Languages Literature Culture and Communication (LLCC) and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).
  • In the following three years, the focus is on research activity and will include a summer school in Year 2 and a conference in Year 3.

 

Taught programme (Year 1)

 

Semester 1  Semester 2
Core Modules Core Modules
Research Methodology and Proposal Development

Materials Development for Language Teaching
Applied Sociolinguistics and Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies

Winter School Current Issues In TESOL Research and Practice

 
+Electives – from MLAL/FAHSS  

Advanced Research Methodology

Observation and Feedback in TESOL)

Critical ICT and Language Pedagogy

Reflective Professional Portfolio and Practice

Winter School Current Issues In TESOL Research and Practice
    

+Electives – from MLAL/FAHSS  

 

 

  • Master’s or equivalent at 2.1 honours level*
  • A minimum of 3 years’ professional practice or equivalent in a TESOL setting or related interdisciplinary area
  • Interview (via Skype if required)
  • Applicants for whom English is not a first language: IELTS composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component (or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL)
  • All applicants must submit an Expression of Interest Form to together with a satisfactory provisional research proposal.

*A 2.2 honours Master’s degree in a relevant area may be considered if applicants have extensive relevant experience of more than 4 years. A first class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area may be considered if applicants have extensive relevant experience of more than 5 years.

 

Fees for all postgraduate programmes are revised on an annual basis.  Detailed information on fee schedules and fee regulations is available on the Fees Office website.