Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA Welcome Pack

Welcome to MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2022

A very warm welcome to MA TESOL. We are delighted that you have chosen to study with us. Our programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher of the language. Applying the insights of linguistic research into how English is learned and used in a wide variety of situations, the programme with its practical focus will help you become a resourceful, reflective and confident professional in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Our friendly and highly experienced staff team are eager to support you on your personal and academic journey. We hope you have a happy, successful and rewarding time studying at the University.

Your Programme Leader

Qian Zhang, Senior Lecturer in English as a Second Language

Dr Qian Zhang

Senior Lecturer in English as a Second Language
Qian.Zhang@northampton.ac.uk

Welcome and Induction Online Sessions

We would like to invite you to join members and other students from the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) for three online welcome and induction sessions in the weeks leading up to the start of term.

Before joining your online induction session, please complete the pre-task and read the outline of your online sessions. The details of your programme specific sessions are as follows:

  • The aim of this session is to help you begin to meet new people, make new friends and get to know the staff team who will be with you over the course of your studies. It will also help you to learn more about the structure of your programme, how learning and teaching will work on your programme.

    This online session will focus on understanding who you are and what you expect to get from your masters’ studies. It will also be a first chance for you to engage with the MA TESOL community. It will also focus on what masters’ level research, learning and writing means. There will also be the opportunity to discuss and explore your objective for your masters’ studies.

    First session

    Repeated session

    Pre-Work

    If someone were to ask you the following questions, what would your response be:

    • What groups and communities do you belong to now and what ones would you like to belong to at University?
    • What do you most want to achieve by coming to study your masters course at University?
    • What does it mean to be part of a University community?
    • What 3 things will challenge you most about studying at University?

    As with all the tasks for these sessions, it is completely up to you what you choose to share during the live sessions.

    This pre-work should take you about 30 minutes.

  • The purpose of this session is to introduce you to the different teams and services around the University who can support you in your studies and help you identify which of these you need to engage with.

    During the online session, we will think about what it means to study at University and be part of the wider University Community. You will have an opportunity to ask those questions that you haven’t yet found an answer to. In preparation, you might like to think about what coming to University means for you in particular (eg. Your hopes, dreams and plans) and also to think about what you might find challenging. Please don’t worry – you only have to share what you are comfortable to talk about.

    First Session

    Repeated session

    Pre-Work

    Visit the supporting your success section on the Welcome Pack page and read the information about the support services at UON.

    This pre-work should take you about 30 minutes.

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