Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

(MQA/PA10745) N/145/7/0118

Course Information

Mode: Lectures, seminars, case studies and problem-based learning sessions
Duration: Full-time: Minimum 1 year Maximum 3 years Part-time: Minimum 2 years Maximum 4 years

April, July, November

Credit Hours: Refer To The University
Full Time / Part Time
Conducted in Malaysia: Yes
Level of Study: Masters Degree Level
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Awarding Country: Malaysia
Exam Body: Internal Postgraduate, Malaysia
Fees: Refer to University / Refer to the University (international)

Course Overview

The Master of Arts in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (M.A. TESL) programme combines theory, practice and research in issues related to the teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL). Students will develop the knowledge, competencies and attitudes required to identify and solve ESL-related problems by applying linguistic theories and pedagogical strategies to deliver effective second language instruction.

The M.A. TESL is intended for individuals who are:

  • currently teaching or intending to teach English to ESL learners
  • keen to enhance knowledge and competencies in teaching ESL
  • seeking to improve career prospects
  • planning to pursue a doctoral degree.

Experienced TESL teachers will find the programme especially suitable since seminars and tutorials are scheduled for weekends so that students can continue to teach full-time while undertaking the M.A. TESL programme


Core Courses
  • Assessment and Evaluation in ESL
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Special Project
  • Academic Writing
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Seminar in English Language Teaching (ELT)
  • Technology for Language Teaching and Learning
  • Computer Assisted Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Techniques & Principles in Language Teachin

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) in a related field with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or its equivalent qualification as accepted by the University Senate;


A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) in a related field or its equivalent without a minimum CGPA of 2.50 can be accepted subject to the applicant having a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field


Applicants without the minimum entry requirements above can apply through APEL (A).

The following conditions apply:

a)       All applications are subject to appropriate APEL assessments conducted by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

b)      Only Malaysian nationals can apply for the APEL (A) provision.

International Applicants are required to have a minimum score of TOEFL 550 OR IELTS 6.0 OR have attained a degree from a university where the medium of instruction is English

  • All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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