Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Type : Graduate
  • Credit Hours : 36hrs
  • Language : English
  • Campuses: Al Ain & Abu Dhabi


About the Program

The MA in TESOL is meant to turn English language graduates and teachers into the ESL/EFL professionals of tomorrow. It paves the way for many job opportunities in the ever-growing field of education and other related sectors. The program further enhances an already acquired professional development among candidates and further their careers in the field of English Language Teaching and educational leadership.



The MA in TESOL is designed to be the leading regional program that prepares students, teachers, teacher trainers, school principals, and researchers to become future experienced TESOL professionals and education leaders. The program equips candidates from diverse nationalities and cultures with state-of-the-art research methods in second language acquisition and second language learning, in teaching and testing and in integrating instructional technology in the classroom.



The mission of the MA in TESOL program is to provide English language graduates, teachers and education professionals with a distinctive blend of theory and practice in the areas of language learning theory and teaching methodologies. The program further introduces candidates to the learning and teaching practices in the UAE and elsewhere.


Program Goals

The MA in TESOL program aims to:

  • Candidates will demonstrate understanding of TESOL issues and will be able to apply the central concepts and research methodologies relevant to English language studies, TESOL theory, and TESOL practice.
  • Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of how diverse English language learners develop and learn in a TESOL environment, and can plan for learning opportunities that support individual learner’s English language skills, intellectual, social, and personal development.
  • Candidates will use a variety of TESOL classroom instructional strategies to encourage English language learners’ development of their English language proficiency and critical thinking according to mandated curriculum goals.
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of various motivational forces and behaviors to create an environment that encourages English language learning, active inquiry, collaboration, positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation for English language learners.
  • Candidates will apply different technologies, including computer assisted language learning technologies, and effective communication techniques to support instruction, English language learning, and assessment in the TESOL classroom.
  • Candidates will use various assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the development of the English language learner.
  • Candidates will become reflective practitioners who continually evaluate the effects of their choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community), and who actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally within the TESOL community, especially by fostering relationships with colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students’ English language learning and well-being.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MA in TESOL, students will be able to:

#Program Learning OutcomesAligned with L9 QFE Descriptors
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the advanced theories, principles and methods of TESOL drawing on research in the TESOL field and related areas QFE 2,4,6
2 Apply key SLA theories to current teaching methodologies and materials development with a scheme of implementation. QFE 1,3,4
3 Design and implement a range of lesson types that serve learners’ needs and enhance academic achievement. QFE 1,4,5
4 Display competency in problem-solving skills to address complex challenges in highly diverse TESOL contexts. QFE 1,2,4,7
5 Communicate arguments as well as academic and professional information through debate and in various TESOL settings QFE 5,6
6 Use personal experience to critically reflect on theoretical issues in the field of TESOL and their relationship to professional practice QFE 3,6,7
7 Demonstrate advanced skills for undertaking, independently, small-scale research projects including the use of information technology QFE 2,4,8
8 Apply professional and ethical standards in highly complex TESOL learning environments and research situations QFE 3,9


Job Opportunities 

  • English language teachers
  • English language supervisors 
  • Translators 
  • Curriculum Developers 
  • School headmasters

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in English or Linguistics or English Language Teaching or its equivalent approved by the UAE Ministry of Education with a minimum (GPA) of (3 out of 4), or its equivalent on the Bachelor level.
  • A valid English Language Proficiency Certificate in one of the below certificates or its equivalent, at least as the following:
1400 550 79 213 6
* Excludes from this condition: A native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language.


Conditional Requirements

A student may be granted conditional admission in the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the following cases:

- If a student obtains a score of (530 in TOEFL ITP) certificate or its equivalent and has an average of at least (3 out of 4), s/he will be granted a conditional admission, provided that the student:

  • Obtains a score of (550 in TOEFL) or (6 in IELTS) by the end of the first semester of joining the program.
  • Registers for no more than (6) credit hours in the first semester of joining the program.
  • Obtains a GPA of (3 out of 4).

- If a student obtains a score of (550 in TOEFL ITP) certificate or its equivalent and has a cumulative average from (2 to 2.99 out of 4) s/he will be granted a conditional admission, provided that the student:

  • Registers (9) credit hours per semester of joining the master’s program and the student may take these 9 hours in one semester, two semesters (3 + 6) or even three semesters (3 + 3 + 3).
  • Obtains a GPA of (3 out of 4). 

- If an applicant obtains a score of (530 in TOEFL ITP) certificate or its equivalent and has a cumulative average from (2 to 2.99 out of 4), s/he will be granted a conditional admission, provided that the student:

  • Registers a maximum of (6) credit hours in the first semester of joining the program.
  • Obtains a GPA of (3 out of 4).
  • Obtains at least a  score of (550 in TOEFL )or (6 in IELTS) by the end of the semester of joining the program.

Graduation Requirements

To obtain a Master of Arts in (TESOL), the student must successfully complete 36 credit hours, with a minimum (CGPA) of 3 out of 4.

Study Plan

Course No Course Title CR.H. Prerequisite
Compulsory Courses (33) CR.H.
0401601 TESOL Methods 3  
0401602 Linguistics and the Structure of English 3  
0401603 Theories of Learning and Develpoment 3  
0401605 Teaching Language Skills 3  
0401606 Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice 3 0401603
0401608 Classroom Management and Environment 3  
0401609 Evaluation in the TESOL Class 3 0401601 & 0401605
0401611 English Language Learning and Technology 3  
0401618 TESOL Research: Theory and Methodology 3  
0401620 MA in TESOL Project 6 All other TESOL courses, excluding 0401608
Elective Courses (3) CR.H.
0401607 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis 3  
0401612 Language and Social Interaction 3  



Guidance Plan

Course Description


No.CourseCourse NameBook Name & Alternative bookAuthorPublicationPub. Date
1 0401601 TESOL Methods *Second language learning and language teaching.*Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching Cook, V.Richards, C Hodder EducationCUP 20082001
2 0401606 Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice * Second language Acquisition.3rd ed. (ISBN 9780805854985)* Second language learning theories. 2nd ed. Gass, S. & Larry SelinkerMitchell, R. & Myles, F. New York: RoutledgeLondon: Hodder Arnold 20082004
3 0401603 Theories of Learning and Development A guide to teaching practice (5th edition).. Approaches to learning: a guide for teachers.. - International handbook of English language teaching.). The practice of English language teaching. Cohen Cohen, L. et al, L. et alCarlile, O., Jordan, A., & Stack, ACummins, J. et al .  .Harmer, J. London: RoutledgeOpen University Press.Springer PublishersHarlow, Essex: Pearson. 2010200820072007

Contact us

Director of TESOL Program

College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences 
Al Ain University

P.O.Box: 64141
Al Ain - UAE

Phone No: +971 3 7024888
Fax No: +971 3 7024777

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