Languages, Linguistics and TESOL
"This programme has given me confidence to creatively approach the things I used to fear about my job, such as grammar, vocabulary, or the possibility that I would have to design my own course."
Currently, I am brushing up on Arabic before pursuing a position teaching English at a university in KSA.
The degree has solid core units and excellent choices for the optional units as well. I love that the sessions are not just lectures, but that we have lively, thought provoking discussions about relevant topics. It is a great blend of linguistics with a teaching focus. I once thought the practical training I received in the CELTA would suffice, but I realised after a year of teaching that I needed a deeper understanding of English even though I was a native speaker. I feel that this programme has given me confidence to creatively approach the things I used to fear about my job, such as grammar, vocabulary, or the possibility that I would have to design my own course. It is quite satisfying to be a truly equipped professional now.
This degree was my first exposure to engaging in research as a part of development. Along with this came proficiency in reading journal articles, sharpening my ability to think critically, and actually carrying out substantial research. One of the things I learnt most was being able to interact with ESOL teachers from all over the country and learning from their experiences as I collected data for my dissertation. Now, I feel like I can continue to grow as a teacher by keeping up with current research. Aside from this component, I now feel skilled in approaching grammar and vocabulary with ESOL learners, designing courses for various contexts, and understanding the needs unique to ESOL learners.
Take advantage of the smaller atmosphere. You can do this by getting to know people in your cohort and working together. Also, don’t hesitate to contact the staff for any needs you have, they are truly there for you.
I am inspired by the new doors I can already see opening up in front of me because of my experience at Manchester Met. I was challenged to accomplish things I didn’t know I could do, but now I’ve crossed the finish line. This feeling makes me believe I can walk through any door and rise to the occasion.
I’ve never been in an educational environment where the staff are so supportive, where they sincerely look out for you, anticipate your needs as a student, know you personally, and give great feedback to shape you.