BA (Hons) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) / Spanish

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2019

This course is open for Clearing applications for international fee-paying students only.

Call the Clearing helpline on +44 (0)161 247 3000 to make an application or visit our Clearing pages for more information.

Overview

Proficiency in modern languages can give you the competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors, there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments. We have created our own multi-cultural community, including British, exchange and international students, along with foreign language assistants, allowing you to be absorbed into the everyday use of foreign languages.

We have been providing professional language courses for more than 30 years. Our strong local, national and global links will help to enhance your study and future employment opportunities. If you study Spanish as a major or equal subject, you will be required to spend a year abroad. The experience of being immersed in another culture for several months is one our students find both beneficial and rewarding. They return having made new friends, experienced new places and having grown in confidence.

This course places language learning within the wider context of Spanish studies including culture, society, literature, film and history. The language units emphasise communicating effectively and developing transferable skills such as translating, interpreting and interview techniques, with practical language classes embracing speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will also have the option to study Spanish from beginners level. 

TESOL is a practical branch of applied linguistics and it will help you understand language learning and teaching approaches, as well as the English language itself. You will develop a new understanding of different types of communication and other cultures.

This course will help you improve your own fluency and accuracy in other languages. You will gain experience of how to help learners of all abilities to become fluent English speakers and you will be taught by highly qualified and experienced practitioners who have taught across the world. All of these skills will give you a head start if you decide to take a further qualification such as CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or Trinity Certificate TESOL.

This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Careers may include working as a teacher, translator, market research professional, customer support advisor, events organiser or cultural briefing consultant. Expanding areas for linguists include digital subtitling, dubbing and website localising. Graduates of this degree may also opt to proceed to postgraduate study in one of the sub-branches of linguistics. Recent graduates have gained employment in banking, local government, cultural relations, education, manufacturing and importing.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

A Level Spanish at Grade B or above. Applicants without a Spanish A Level should contact the University directly to discuss options

Grade C or above in an English or modern languages subject at A Level is preferred. Humanities and Social Science subjects such as History, Politics, Sociology and Psychology will also be considered.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg Functional Skills) may be considered.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

This course places language learning within the wider context of Spanish Studies including culture, society, literature, film and history. The language units emphasise communicating effectively and developing transferable skills such as translating, interpreting and interview techniques, with practical language classes embracing speaking, listening, reading and writing. We offer a wide choice of units related to Spain which may include society, cinema, culture and linguistics. Our course is designed to help you achieve your full potential in a challenging and lively environment and enhance your employability in a competitive market.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) explores how English and other languages are most effectively learnt and taught all over the world. You may have heard it referred to as TEFL or EFL. On this course, you will learn to analyse teaching methods and materials, build a repertoire of language activities and study the sounds and key grammatical features of English. Your TESOL studies will include detailed study of the English language itself, the latest and most effective techniques and methods of teaching, psychology, and learning styles and patterns.

Combined Honours programmes offer you the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. Two core units for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), two core units for Spanish. The core units for year one are shown below.

Please note that your choice of French units is informed by your language entry level - if you are a beginner you can take the fast-track route (called AB INITIO) to bring you up to speed.

TESOL units:

  • Language in Society
  • TESOL 1

Spanish units:

  • Spanish Advanced
  • Hispanic Culture and Society

Spanish AB INITIO units:

  • Spanish Fast Track 1
  • Spanish Fast Track 2

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1

TESOL 1 is an introduction to the essential principles of teaching English as a Foreign Language, focusing broadly on the theory and practice of language learning and teaching. The unit covers three broad areas: language awareness (knowledge of terminology, grammar, phonology and vocabulary), analysing learners' language, and principles of teaching English to speakers of other languages. This exciting unit offers the opportunity to observe live and recorded language teaching classes, interview speakers of English as a second language, and to get some teaching practice through microteaching and peer-teaching sessions.

Language in Society

This unit introduces the study of language in a variety of social contexts. It examines the ways in which language functions and how it is linked with thought and identity. It also looks at language use in politics and its manipulation by the media.

Unit Choice - Spanish

Spanish Advanced

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework.

Hispanic Culture and Society 

This unit will deal with a number of topics related to Spanish and Latin American history and society and the way some of these events are represented in texts.

Or

Spanish Fast Track 1

This unit introduces the basic principles of Spanish grammar and syntax and is designed to enable you to develop an accurate, basic language ability that can be applied to a variety of cultural and social contexts.

Spanish Fast Track 2 

This unit consolidates the linguistic competence in Spanish grammar, vocabulary and style acquired through Fast Track 1. It is designed to enable you to develop accurate, basic language ability in a variety of cultural and social contexts.

Units of study available in Year 2 of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose to major in Spanish and minor in TESOL (3 units from Spanish, 1 unit from TESOL). You must study the core unit from each subject.

Please note that your choice of units available to study may be informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor and, for some units, the grades you achieved in Year 1. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative TESOL options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • TESOL 2: Methods, approaches and techniques
  • Intercultural Communication

Indicative Spanish options available in Year 2 may be:

  • Spanish Language 2
  • Power and Culture in Spain
  • Introduction to Interpreting (Spanish)

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available for TESOL please see the TESOL units: TESOL and Linguistics

For an indication of units currently available for Spanish please see our single honours degree for unit details: Spanish

If you have chosen to study Spanish as an equal, major or named route subject you will study a 4 year course, spending your third year in Spain at one of our partner institutions or you can also apply to take part in the British Council language assistant scheme or choose a placement.

If you have chosen to study TESOL as an equal subject you will study a 3 year course, progressing directly to your final year of study.

Units of study available in your final year of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major in Spanish and minor in TESOL (3 units from Spanish, 1 unit from TESOL). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study is informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative TESOL options available in Final Year may be: 

  • TESOL 3: Issues in Language Teaching and Learning

Indicative Spanish options available in Final Year may be:

  • Spanish Language 3

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available for TESOL please see the TESOL units: TESOL and Linguistics

For an indication of units currently available for Spanish please see our single honours degree for unit details: Spanish

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

Additional information about this course

If a student chooses to take a language as a joint or major subject, they are expected to engage with their Period of Residence Abroad. In this case, the course will run for four years instead of three years.

Placement options

You will spend your third year in Spain or Latin America and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study. You can always get in touch with the department by phone or email. 

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Our Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section has a diverse community of international staff and students, and boasts strong local and global links to further enhance the quality of learning and opportunities available to its students.

The department’s Language Centre provides a wide range of development courses and is accredited by the British Council. It provides teaching in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics and TESOL with these subjects also available with Business, International Business and International Politics.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £14,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £12,720 to £14,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £3625 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Period Of Residence Abroad (Year 3). Expenses in excess of the ERASMUS grant: £200 (cost of living) per month for mainland Europe - Period of Residence Abroad is expected to last 10 months = £2,000.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

This course is only open to International students through Clearing

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Call us +44 (0)161 247 3000 Or email internationalclearing@mmu.ac.uk

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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