Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL)
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 Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL)

 Graduate Studies

Next Available Intake

 July 2019


Application Closing Date

31 March 2019

 

Tuition Fee

For cur​rent tuition fee, click here.

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Programme Overview

The Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are advanced academic graduate programmes that provide the sound theoretical foundation and practical skills needed for a career in language teaching or other related work in educational contexts in Singapore or overseas.​

The programmes cater to the needs of those currently working as language teachers, those who plan to work as language teachers in the future, and those who simply have a passion for language learning/teaching and would like to pursue further education in this field. 

Unique features of the programme:
  • Curriculum suitable for language teachers of different backgrounds (from the public school system and tertiary institutions to the private sector such as international schools, language/enrichment centres)
  • Emphasis on developing both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in teaching methodology and curriculum development suitable for the various TESOL contexts in Singapore as well as overseas
  • Experienced and highly-qualified local and international faculty
  • Flexibility of blended learning, with face-to-face seminars, online recorded lectures and other e-learning tools

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.

Testimonials

The TESOL aspect of this programme was intriguing. I felt it was a good opportunity to learn a variety of ideas to teach English to students who seldom speak the language outside the classroom. The courses encouraged me to re-think what literacy means. I used to associate the term often to prescriptive grammar teaching. However, the assignments I did for the courses prompted me not to restrict my perspective of literacy to the realm of conventional grammar and vocabulary teaching and learning. My students now find my lessons fun as we examine the texts used in class to debate social issues. These debates enable them to write better narrative pieces as they have a plethora of real-life characters and situation to inspire their writing.
Dashni Ravindran, BSc (Math),
MA Applied Linguistics (TESOL) (Class of 2017), Teacher

The MATSL programme gave me a comprehensive training in English language teaching. It not only equipped me with a strong foundation in linguistics and language acquisition, but also developed my pedagogical knowledge in the areas of curriculum planning and teaching methodology. The applied nature of the programme helped to develop my skills in synthesising theoretical and pedagogical knowledge to ensure favourable outcomes in the classroom. As a stay-at-home-mother re-entering the workforce after two decades, this programm​e has been instrumental in providing me with employment opportunities. It has also prepared me well for my current role as a Writing Coach, where I provide individualised coaching on academic writing to undergraduates across all faculties of the University.
Sharon Lee, B Bus (Banking & Insurance), BA (Hons) English Language & Literature,
MA Applied Linguistics (TESOL) (Class of 2018), Writing Coach (SUSS)

​I have benefited greatly from the MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) programme. Professionally, it helped me reflect deeply on my practice as an English language teacher. The insights I gained from the experienced lecturers and their up-to-date research-based English language teaching ideas challenged some of the views I had held, and prompted me to explore more effective teaching methodologies. The rigour of the programme also spurred me to work at excellence when honing my English language teaching skills. I especially like how the lecturers, while upholding high standards, remained supportive, approachable and encouraging. I believe English language teachers of any level would find this programme relevant and enriching.
Yong Mei Fong, BSc (Hons) (Microbiology),
MA Applied Linguistics (TESOL) (Class of 2018), Teacher

​I find this programme accessible for language teachers as well as working professionals who hope to gain theoretical and practical knowledge to open more doors to teaching opportunities in both ESL/EFL contexts. The wide range of courses have given me a holistic understanding of teaching methodologies, assessment, and how sociolinguistic background impacts students in second language acquisition. The interactions with my experienced professors and fellow course participants have also helped me to reflect on my own teaching practices. I would strongly recommend this enriching programme to professionals who are keen to teach English in a variety of settings.
Desmond Chan, BA (Communication Studies),
MA Applied Linguistics (TESOL) (Class of 2018), Teacher
 

Applicants will need to meet these minimum requirements:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in English Studies, Linguistics, Education or related fields from a recognised institution. Applicants with other qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Language requirements for applicants whose Bachelor's degree is not in English Studies or Linguistics:
    • ​​An excellent score in the English Proficiency Assessment to be conducted by Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Additional language requirements for applicants whose native language or medium of undergraduate instruction is not English:
    • TOEFL PBT > 580, with (preferably) a TWE of 5, or
    • TOEFL (computer test) > 237, or
    • TOEFL iBT >85, with a minimum of 22 in writing, or
    • IELTS > 6.5, with no sub-score below 6
​​Results fo​r TOEFL/IELTS must be obtained within the last 5 years (of commencement of proposed study).
  • The Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) programme (30 cu) consists of six courses (5 cu each). The six courses comprise of a minimum of three core courses and a maximum of three electives. ​
  • The MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) programme (60 cu) consists of ten courses (5 cu each) and a Research Project (10 cu) which can be substituted with two additional courses. The ten courses comprise of six core courses and four electives.
  • Courses can also be taken individually as Graduate Modular Courses, via Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE). For more information on Graduate Modular Courses, please click here.​

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Click here​ to view the programme curriculum plan.
Click here for the full list of co​urse summaries.​​

Students are expected to complete 2 - 3 courses per semester. Lessons are conducted on weekday evenings (7-10pm), once or twice a week.
  

The Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) programmes are suitable for:

  • Candidates who wish to pursue graduate training and a fulfilling career in English language teaching, including those considering a mid-career switch to English language teaching, either in Singapore or overseas
  • All teachers of different backgrounds (from the public school system and tertiary institutions to the private sector such as international schools, language/enrichment centres)
  • ​Both experienced and novice language instructors or administrators and professionals working in various education-related contexts

Graduates can look forward to a fulfilling career in language teaching and language curriculum/programme management in public schools, private schools, tertiary institutions, etc.

Concession

To encourage further education and upgrading by alumni, SUSS offers the following course fee concessions to SUSS alumni. 
  • ACE+ Scheme - Eligible SUSS graduates can enjoy a maximum of two free modular courses (up to 10 cu) at the University taken within two years after graduation, and 20% course fee concession beyond the two free courses.
  • ACE Scheme​ - Eligible SUSS graduates can enjoy 20% course fee concession and additional 30% course fee concession for the first two courses.  

Sponsorships

SUSS offers a number of Sponsorships in recognition of excellent academic achievements, leadership qualities and special talents and contributions to new and continuing students. Please click here for more detail.
  1. How many intakes are there in a year for the MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) programme?​
    One intake a year; every July.

  2. How many intakes are there in a year for the Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) programme?
    One intake a year; every July.

  3. What are the minimum and maximum durations of the MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) programme?
    The minimum duration is 2 years and the maximum duration is 4 years.

  4. What are the minimum and maximum durations of the Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) programme?
    The minimum duration is 1 year and the maximum duration is 2 years.

  5. How many courses do students take up each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  6. When are the lessons scheduled?
    In general, lessons are scheduled on 2 weekday evenings per week from 7pm to 10pm.

  7. Aren't Applied Linguistics and TESOL two different subjects?
    Singapore University of Social Sciences's MATSL programme is an Applied Linguistics graduate programme with a specialisation in TESOL.

    In major universities around the world, a graduate-level TESOL programme is typically offered either by an English/Applied Linguistics Department or by an Education Department.

    Where the TESOL programme (typically an MA programme) is offered by an English/Applied Linguistics Department, there is greater emphasis on Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and this foundation is used to inform the theories and practice of English teaching. Where the TESOL programme is offered by an Education Department (typically an MEd programme), there is greater emphasis on Education, and this foundation is used to inform the theories and practice of English teaching too.

    The goal of educating TESOL practitioners is the same in both the MA and MEd programmes, but the relative emphasis on foundational knowledge is different.

    For more information on our courses, please take a look at the course summaries​ in our website.

  8. Will Singapore University of Social Sciences's GDTSL/MATSL programme certify candidates to teach?
    Our programmes do not certify our candidates as teachers. However, it does give them the knowledge and skills needed to teach, should they choose to do so.

  9. Are there any other Master's programmes in TESOL in Singapore?
    As far as we know, only RELC has an MA TESOL programme. Please check their website for the details.

    Singapore University of Social Sciences's MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) is open to all candidates with a good first degree in a related field. It is suitable for both experienced and novice teachers.