TESOL & Japanese BA (Hons)

This programme offers you an exciting opportunity to apply linguistic knowledge and related skills to the practical challenge of teaching English as a world language, whilst developing a high level of competence and communicative abilities in Japanese. You will acquire an in depth understanding of the way that language works, from structural, social and cognitive perspectives, as well as how you can use this knowledge as an English language teacher around the world.

UCAS course code
T2X1
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018

Course overview

A unique feature of this programme is that the year abroad is part of a three, rather than a four-year degree, giving you the opportunity to quickly advance your Japanese language skills and fully immerse yourself in another culture. In this way, you will become more self-confident, independent and aware of the wider world; able to operate in another country in their language, as well as in English.

As part of your programme, you will have the opportunity to take the internationally recognised CELTA* qualification (Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). This means that you could graduate with a BA (Hons) and the professional certification you need to get a job almost anywhere in the world. The cost of the CELTA is included, so by choosing the York St John TESOL & Japanese programme, you will avoid having to pay an extra £1,300 (approx.) on top of your standard course fees.

*Subject to interview

Course structure

Overview

You will acquire an in-depth understanding of the way that language works, from structural, social and cognitive perspectives, as well as how you can use this knowledge as an English language teacher around the world.

As part of your programme at no extra cost you will have the opportunity to take the internationally recognised CELTA* qualification (Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).

This means that you could graduate with a BA (Hons) and the professional certification you need to get a job almost anywhere in the world.

*Subject to interview

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Japanese modules
  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics and Language Structure: Grammar
  • Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching: an opportunity to consider the users and potential clients of applied linguistics, and how language teachers can learn from and contribute to the discipline
  • Language Carousel: learn the basics of three new languages and reflect on your language learning skills and preferences.
  • Multilingualism

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Study Abroad: enhance your language skills and experience at one of our Japanese partner institutions, where you will take assessed foreign language and English modules.
  • Languages in the Workplace: organise, take part in and reflect on an English teaching work placement in Japan.

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Japanese modules up to Proficiency level.
  • The Professional Linguist: focuses on developing invaluable skills (such as translation) which can be employed in a variety of professional environments besides teaching.
  • Grammar and Phonetics for TESOL: An exploration of linguistic structures with particular reference to their use by speakers of English as a second or additional language.
  • English Language Teaching Research Project
  • Theories and Methodologies in TESOL

Teaching & Assessment

Modules on the TESOL and MFL programme vary from large lectures supported by smaller group seminars, to interactive classes and workshops. All modules are supported by materials hosted on the University’s virtual learning environment, and assessment methods include essays, reports, e-portfolios, oral exams, data analyses, online tests, class tests, peer reviews, research project planning and implementation, and presentations. Besides the MFL oral exams, there is only one formal written examination on the programme, in the second semester of level 4, for the compulsory module 1LL207 Language Structure: Grammar.

At level 5, your academic and personal skills will be developed whilst studying in an overseas institution where you will experience different teaching, learning and assessment practices from York St John University. You will learn to rise to the challenges of living and studying abroad and you will return a more confident and mature student enriched by the immersion in another culture. Whilst studying abroad, you will most likely experience a mix of both the language of the host country and English as the language of instruction. This will vary according to the country, institution, and your level of proficiency in the language of your award.

Academic and research skills are embedded in modules, for example, academic writing and referencing, peer review, use of web based resources for document sharing, and the use of wikis and blogs appear in the core module, 1LL210 Introduction to English Language and Linguistics.

University support staff are well integrated into our programme, for example, a representative from careers contributes to our academic tutorials from level 4 onwards, and the library also contribute sessions on research and referencing over the course of the programme.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Please note, this programme is only suitable for non-native speakers. 

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject (and languages in general). This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, relevant work experience and wider reading.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Further study e.g. additional languages
  • Discussion of future career plans in the field of TESOL
  • Demonstrating relevant transferable skills
  • Extra-curricular activities such as relevant conference/lecture attendance (e.g. English Language & Linguistics Colloquium Series
  • Becoming a member of appropriate societies
  • Subscribing to (or reading) relevant journals/magazines
  • Being involved in overseas exchange programmes
  • Undertaking independent study of Japanese language and culture

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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

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

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst 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.

Accommodation and living costs

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

Study abroad

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

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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