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1 An Introduction to MA TESOL Dr. Desmond Thomas, International Academy, University of Essex

2 Your weekly routine: Term 1 Monday: ELLT classes look at the contexts of English language teaching Tuesday: SLA classes look at the learner perspective of English teaching Wednesday: M&M classes look at the most practical aspects of teaching English Thursday: GSRS classes provide academic reading, writing and research skills Thursday: PDE classes look at the content of English language teaching

3 What can you expect from tutors? Input of ideas in each class Opportunities to share ideas Opportunities to ask questions Materials in hard copy Electronic resources and links Tutorials for 1-to-1 advice Guidance, encouragement, support

4 What tutors expect from you Attendance & punctuality Respecting deadlines Clear communications (Essex ) Preparation for classes Taking notes and keeping records A critical approach to learning Alerting tutors to problems a.s.a.p.

5 Resources (in order of usefulness) 1.Yourself (mainly past experience) 2.Your tutors and colleagues 3.The library (virtual) 4.The library (physical) 5.The internet 6.The Resource Centre

6 The library General: E-resources: Tour:

7 Using the internet 1.Journal articles via Google Scholar 2. Statistics e.g. 3.Encyclopedias of knowledge: 4.Software: 5.TEFL resources:

8 General study tips 1.Plan your life and make realistic choices 2.Make sure that expectations are realistic 3.Match expectations with those of tutors 4.Keep records of everything – and backups 5.Develop productive routines 6.Become an active researcher 7.Upgrade all of your skills 8.Allow yourself breathing and thinking space

9 Written assignments Choosing the right question/topic Managing and planning reading Managing and planning writing Turning reading into writing Drafting, re-drafting and editing Learning from feedback

10 Sources of information Handbooks: Webpages: 1-to-1 tutorials Tutors (specified office hours) IA office staff


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