Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages American University of Sharjah (AUS)

What is distinctive about this course?
We provide a comprehensive program of study and practical opportunities at an advanced level to both experienced and novice English language teachers in the UAE and elsewhere. We have highly qualified, multiculturally experienced faculty, research-based methodology, practical teaching experience and computer-assisted learning provide a solid foundation for this program.

Course overview:
The mission of the AUS Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program is to provide English language graduates and teachers with advanced practical, theoretical and critical knowledge of language learning models and teaching methodologies for English instruction at different levels, primarily throughout the schools of the Gulf region. The core of our program leads to a comprehensive understanding of the forms and functions of English and relates pedagogical theories to English language teaching. This goal is reinforced by supervised teaching practice in real-world classrooms.

Our program prepares its graduates to evaluate the effectiveness and validity of different teaching methodologies and testing procedures, develop or adapt materials for special teaching/learning situations, supervise classroom teachers and assist in the administration of ESL programs.

Students must complete the following core courses:

  • Research Methods and Academic Writing
  • Linguistics for ESL Teachers
  • Language Acquisition and Development
  • Methods and Materials Development
  • Curriculum Design
  • Language Testing and Evaluation
  • Practicum in TESOL

Students may also complete some of the following electives:

  • Advanced English Grammar
  • Contrastive Linguistics
  • Culture and the Language Teacher
  • Reading and Writing in ESL
  • Bilingual Education
  • Pragmatics for ESL Teachers
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Technology in the ESL Classroom
  • Leadership and Management
  • Classroom Research
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research in ELT

Who is this course for?
The AUS Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program targets students from all around the world who are looking to be successful professionals in a specialized area of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

How will I benefit from taking this course?
Our program prepares its graduates to evaluate the effectiveness and validity of different teaching methodologies and testing procedures, develop or adapt materials for special teaching/learning situations, supervise classroom teachers and assist in the administration of ESL programs.

Entry requirements:
In addition to fulfilling the general university requirements for graduate admission, the applicant must have a minimum score of 5 on the TWE (Test of Written English) or the EWET (Emirates Writing Test).

What former student's have said
“When I joined the MA TESOL program, I thought I knew why I was there: I wanted to become a better teacher. But the MA TESOL program and its faculty helped me achieve more than I had expected. They helped me identify my potential and develop it. I never knew I was a good presenter until I heard it from my professors, and as a result of their continuous support, I ended up presenting at the International TESOL Arabia Conference during the last year of my studies. I never knew that I was a good writer until I was encouraged by my professors to send out my articles to different journals and get them published. I never knew how much I love doing research and how much fun one can possibly have while doing it. I am now a PhD researcher at the Institute of Education, University of Reading, UK. My PhD dissertation is about teachers’ reflection, and it is now my passion. The topic of reflective practice was first introduced to me in this program. My dreams have now come true. I am very grateful to all my professors in the MA TESOL program at AUS for helping me find my way.”
Shahla Yassaei, MA TESOL graduate

American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East. The university has four academic divisions: the College of Architecture, Art and Design; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; and the School of Business Administration.

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