Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization
Regional Language CentreCentre of Choice

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
27 Feb 2017 - 2 Mar 2018

A one-year full-time programme jointly offered by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and SEAMEO RELC

Our Master of Arts in TESOL programme aims to provide educators with in-depth knowledge and tools to advance their skills in teaching English as a second or foreign language. Excellent opportunities to explore key research in the fields of TESOL and Applied Linguistics are provided. The programme is designed to equip educators with research-based principles for teaching and learning in a language learning classroom. Taught by internationally recognized researchers, supported by their own extensive language teaching and learning experiences, our programme bridges the gap between research knowledge and the application of skills.

Programme Overview


By the end of the programme, graduates should be able to:

  • Prepare and critically assess teaching materials;
  • Plan a programme of language study;
  • Account for individual differences and difficulties in language learning;
  • Monitor and assess learners’ progress;
  • Advise teachers on effective procedures and interventions;
  • Read and evaluate research, theory and descriptions of classroom practice in language teaching; and
  • Plan and carry out their own small-scale empirical research studies. 

Period and Nature of Study

  • The programme will begin on 27 February 2017 and end on 2 March 2018.  Students are required to attend 34 weeks of compulsory residential school:
    • Weeks 1-34   (27 Feb-27 Oct 2017) :  Residential
    • Weeks 35-52 (6 Nov 2017-2 Mar 2018):  On-line

Students will complete the on-line courses in their home country during weeks 35—52. 

  • It is a blended full-time one-year programme which consists of two face-to-face courses and two blended courses taught at RELC, and four on-line courses.  Each course is worth fifteen points. 

Description of Courses

Students are required to complete eight compulsory courses:




Teaching and Learning Grammar

An analysis and evaluation of diverse pedagogical interventions intended to facilitate grammar acquisition, with a view to helping practitioners optimise their design of course materials and classroom activities.


Language Curriculum Design

The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the processes, issues and options of language course design and evaluation.


Teaching Young Learners 

This course looks at the teaching of English to young learners in a second or foreign language context focusing on the development of a theoretical framework and understanding of how children learn a second/foreign language. The implications and applications will be related to individual teachers’ classroom contexts.


Special Topic: Task-Based Language Teaching

Task-based language teaching (TBLT) has been extensively researched and adopted. This course draws on research and classroom perspectives to explore teaching through tasks. It covers the areas of task-based course design, methodology, and assessment as well as the design of tasks for beginners and children through to advanced learners and adults.


Learners and Second Language Learning

This course looks at the role of the learner and the effect of individual differences on second language learning. Issues such as learner motivation, affect, aptitude and learner response to feedback are explored.


Classroom-based Research for Language Teachers

The course focuses on the role of teachers as researcher who are seeking their classroom teaching/learning environment. It combines current reflective language teaching theory with the development of a hands-on action research plan.


Learner Autonomy & Learning Strategies

This course introduces the principles and practices associated with learner autonomy and learner strategies in language learning. A key emphasis will be placed on how the theories and research covered can be translated into classroom practice.


Discourse Analysis

Discourse is language in use. This course explores the analysis of discourse structure in spoken and/or written text, and considers applications in language teaching.

*Guidelines (e.g. topic, length, format, etc.) for the preparation of assignments will be provided by the lecturers.



Programme Requirements

To complete the programme successfully, a candidate must:

a)    Obtain a pass in all eight courses;

b)    Satisfy class attendance requirements; and

c)    Complete all on-line tasks, where applicable.

A programme participant whose progress has not been satisfactory may be required to terminate his/her candidature. 

Programme of Study

Programme participants must satisfactorily complete all eight courses as listed.

Programme Award

The programme will lead to the award of a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages conferred by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the programme are:

a)    Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, English Language, Education or a language other than English (or another relevant degree);

b)    At least 2 years of professional experience in language education or other areas of applied linguistics;

c)    Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics conferred by SEAMEO RELC (those with equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis). Applicants who do not meet this requirement would have to complete 4 additional on-line ourses listed below:

  1. LALS#510 Listening & Speaking in the Language Classroom
  2. LALS#522 Teaching & Learning Vocabulary
  3. LALS#521 Language for Specific Purposes
  4. LALS#524 Language Testing

d)    For students from non-English speaking backgrounds, an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; or TOEFL 575 with (preferably) a TWE of 5; or 237 on the computer-based test; or 90 on the internet-based test with a minimum 20 in writing; or Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 65(with a 'Communicative' score of not less than 58) is required .

Programme Fees

a) Fee components   



Registration fee

S$128.40 (inclusive of GST)

Tuition fee

NZD$20,116.00# (inclusive of GST)

# Please note that fees are subject to change and candidates are required to pay the tuition fees in Singapore dollars at point of collection.  The exchange rate chargeable would be determined by RELC. 

Students from outside Singapore are advised to subscribe to the Group Health Insurance Scheme at S$53.50 per month (inclusive of GST), as medical costs in the event of illness can be very high. 


  1. All fees are subject to change at any time without notice; 
  2. RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore;
  3. RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  4. Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.

b)    Payment of fees

  1. The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  2. Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  3. Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  4. An administration fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.

c)    Refund policy

  1. The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  2. Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  3. An Administration Fee of S$160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation / withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  4. Full course fees paid is non-refundable if the notice cancellation / withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  5. Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.


1. Application can be done online or through paper-based. We encourage applications to be done via our online application system.

2. Please submit the following documents for your application:

Victoria University of Wellington Application to Study as an International Student

Application Form A238 (completed and endorsed)

Medical Examination Form A228 (For overseas applicant only)

A copy of  your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution

A copy of  your transcripts, certified by your institution.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.  (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)

Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)

A copy of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)

 3. For online application: To use the Online Application System you will need the following:

  •  an email address which you can access regularly, because as soon as you submit your online application, this email address will be the point of correspondence
  • soft copies of the reuired documents as they would need to be uploaded into the system. Please refer to above checklist for reference

Click here to apply online

4. For paper-based application: If you are unable to apply online, you may submit the hard copies of the required documents to the address below. Two copies of the required documents must be submitted to RELC via:

(1)   Email

: ; and


(2)   Registered mail


Scholarships and Corporate Enterprise
SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (RELC)
30 Orange Grove Road 
Singapore 258352
Republic of Singapore


Closing Date

Application is now closed. The application for next intake will be announced at a later date