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Undergraduate

Chinese, TESOL & Linguistics BA (Hons)

Explore China, immerse yourself in Chinese culture and prepare to teach English around the world.

3 rows of red Chinese lanterns against a colourful backdrop.

This degree gives you the skills you need to teach English in China and around the world. It's a 4 year degree and includes a year studying in China. We will equip you with communicative Chinese language skills and broad expertise in linguistics. You will gain a deep understanding of Chinese culture and explore theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world. We also give you the opportunity to apply for the teaching qualification, CELTA.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – TTX6
  • Duration – 4 years full time including a year abroad
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS tariff points

    3 GCSEs grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

This programme allows you to study Chinese from beginners level. By the end of the programme, you will have gained the ability to have conversations and discussions in Chinese. You will be able to give presentations and write coherently. Successful students will be able to use Chinese for academic, social and professional purposes, reaching upper B2/C1 level on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

TESOL explores theories and methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Our approach to teaching TESOL focuses on teaching English in a multilingual world. 

The Linguistics part of the programme gives you a working knowledge of linguistics, how we use language and how it's structured. There are several modules on the programme which explore linguistics. Some modules study the way we articulate speech while others explore how English differs around the world. You will also examine how language is processed in the mind.

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture with a year studying abroad in China. While studying abroad, you will take Chinese language classes at your host university. You will also take courses, either taught in English or in Chinese, that are relevant to the TESOL and  Linguistics side of your degree. 

We offer you the opportunity to take a CELTA course free of charge as part of your degree. CELTA is the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other languages. It is an internationally-recognised teaching qualification awarded by Cambridge Assessment English. You will gain hands-on teaching experience that will prepare you for a career in teaching English. Acceptance onto this course is subject to successful interview. 

This programme is part of a suite of Chinese programmes. Not sure which one to choose? Take a look at our other programmes:

Chinese, English Language and Linguistics (4 years)

Chinese, Intercultural and Contemporary Communication (4 years)

Language and Communication Studies (non-study abroad).

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This programme can only be studied full time.

In your first year with us, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out more by viewing our Programme Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese language. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Chinese on routine and familiar topics.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module aims to develop your critical awareness of language. It will introduce the historical development of language and of English, of linguistics, and a variety of systematic approaches to language study.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module introduces you to the discipline of applied linguistics and to controversies in its definition, scope and relationship to linguistics and language teaching. The module will prepare you for any tutoring you may do in your second year and beyond.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and improve your confidence in Chinese. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

On this module you will examine the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. You will consider how the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, you will explore these issues in relation to real texts.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics. You will explore the description, recognition and production of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.

Year 2

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This programme can only be studied full time.

In your second year with us, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out out more by viewing our Programme Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

You will learn Chinese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to China. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Chinese cultures, communities and societies.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module builds on the key concepts introduced in your first year. You will address the development, structure and use of international varieties of English. Trace the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language and gain a theoretical framework for the dissertation module in your final year.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module builds on and applies phonetics teaching from your first year. We will introduce you to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language. These include child phonology and languages other than English.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Build on your skills from the first semester as you learn Chinese through a range of stimulating tasks. We will guide you as you learn to describe new experiences in Chinese both through speech, and writing and give reasons and explanations for your opinions.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Incorporating examples and case studies from around the world, this module prepares you to understand ‘culture’ beyond the essentialist stereotyping. You will reflect on and improve your own communication skills, whilst gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module helps you develop an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use. It will provide you with a broad map of the concepts, issues, phenomena and research methods associated with the field of psycholinguistics.

Year 3 | Study Abroad

Whilst studying abroad you will take Chinese language classes at your host university. You will also take courses, either taught in English or in Chinese, that are relevant to the TESOL & Linguistics side of your degree.

You are expected to fully engage with the tuition and assessment, but your grades will not be converted to York St John credits. You will take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

At the end of your year abroad you will complete a reflective report. This will allow you to evaluate how your experience relates to both the modules you have studied so far, and the ones you will study in your final year. As part of this, you will also carry out 10 days of work experience. 

Year 4

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This programme can only be studied full time.

In your final year with us, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory modules and a 40 credit dissertation module in semester 2.

You can find out out more by viewing our Programme Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Classes are content-based so you will communicate in Chinese to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you will be able to communicate in Chinese, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

On this module, you will study second language acquisition theory and gain a critical understanding of variation in L2 English. Looking at both L1 and L2 Englishes, you will explore grammatical and Phonological features including:

  • verbs and clauses
  • word class and order
  • phonotactics
  • syllable structure and stress.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module will train you to be a critical, reflective and adaptive TESOL professional who is aware of current debates in the TESOL field. You will also learn how to form and articulate your position on these issues. On the module you will study the practicalities of teaching, how to assess in a globalised world, analyse the goals, needs and preferences of your students and how to cater for individual differences.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Building on your knowledge from semester 1, you will communicate in Chinese to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you will be able to communicate in Chinese, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 40

Compulsory Module

Carry out independent research on a topic of your choice. You will receive one to one support from a designated dissertation tutor throughout the module. This is your opportunity to bring all your learning together into an extended piece of work.

Teaching and assessment

We deliver our Chinese classes in small groups of up to 25 students. Lectures, workshops and seminars make up the delivery of our TESOL and Linguistics modules. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

In first, second and fourth year, you will take 3 modules per semester. Each has 2 to 4 hours of contact time. We schedule our taught sessions between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday to Friday. While you are studying in China you are likely to have more contact time. Details will depend on the university you are studying at.

In addition to taught sessions you will have academic tutorials throughout the semester. You can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you will be able to attend events such as the Colloquium Lectures. You will also be expected to conduct independent study outside of contact time.

For your Chinese modules, assessment methods include oral exams, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for TESOL and Linguistics modules varies from module to module. Assessment methods include:

  • Blog posts
  • Data analysis
  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Peer reviews
  • Presentations
  • Research proposals
  • Reports.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS tariff points

    3 GCSEs grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This programme is not suitable if: 

  • Chinese is your first language
  • You have an A level in Chinese
  • You have B1 level or above of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Chinese. 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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