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Comprehensive Applied Learning for future English Language Teaching Leaders

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Earn your master’s in English Language Teaching (ELT or TESOL) leadership and gain practical skills in language teaching and education management. You’ll learn from top TESOL specialists who trained at institutions such as the University of Oxford, University of Durham, University of Adelaide and the University of Sheffield, as well as the world-class Tomsk faculty, guest lecturers, and experts from around the world.

Online master's degree program

This program is ideal for anyone who wants to build a career as an ELT professional, whether your goal is to work in universities and colleges, departments of education, language schools, primary and secondary schools, or other organizations in the ELT field.
Requirements for admissions
• Bachelor's degree
• English proficiency of no lower than C1 (TOEFL IBT — 79, IELTS — 6.5, or any other certificate of English proficiency can be provided as a supporting document)
Program length
24 months
The application deadline
Cohorts and deadlines
November 1, 2021
The first cohort launch
September 30, 2021

Curriculum

Current Issues in Education
In this course, you will gain familiarity with current issues and trends in education, including educational innovation, internationalization, digitalization, and educational policy. You’ll learn to critically reflect on current issues in education and their impact on your own professional practice.
Language, Culture and Professional Communication
In this course, you’ll study topical issues of language and culture and analyze difficulties faced by teachers and managers. You’ll also examine the features of English structure and functioning as you build familiarity with various levels of language as a system—phonetics, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistic aspects, and more. You’ll build tolerance and respect for cultural values, and develop competence in professional communication.
TESOL Theory and Practice
In this course, you’ll get an introduction to key issues in TESOL. You’ll master practical methods of teaching English and study the structural components of a lesson and the role of pedagogical support (scaffolding) in teaching language skills. You’ll also develop your ability to create tasks and learning situations for practicing language skills and receive a critical overview of various approaches to teaching a foreign language.
Research Methods in Education
In this course, you’ll master practice-oriented research techniques necessary for the organization of effective educational research—techniques that enable teachers to obtain reliable results and use them reflexively in educational practice. You’ll also benefit from a systematic review of the methodologies and methods of educational research.
Learning Design and Leadership
In this course, you’ll gain knowledge, skills, and abilities in learning design. You’ll focus on learning outcomes and establishing means of analyzing the results of learning, and evaluating and improving educational materials. You’ll also examine modern approaches and methods of developing educational materials, taking into account educational policy and the learning process.
Teaching English in Different Contexts
In this course, you’ll develop skills related to the use of English in a wide range of contexts and professional spheres and for different purposes. You’ll learn universal learning activities, and develop skills necessary to prepare for the most popular English exams.
Management in Language Education
In this course, you’ll become familiar with current management practices in language education, including academic management, project management, team leadership, and the effective use of marketing in the practical activities of educational institutions.
As part of your preparation for a successful ELT career, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your curriculum by choosing one of two tracks.

Choose One of Two Tracks

The Advanced Classroom Practitioner track is for teachers who want to further their careers and build expertise in a particular area of ELT.
The Education Management track is ideal for those who wish to develop as academic leaders and ELT administrators.
Dr Peter J Mitchell
Program Director and Founding Head, Department of Translation and Language Communication, TSU
Featured Faculty
Peter graduated from the University of Durham (England’s third university after Oxford and Cambridge) before obtaining his doctorate in education from the University of Derby (UK) and becoming a Cambridge certified English teacher (CELTA). At the age of 34 he became the youngest ever Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK). Peter consults university leaders internationally on matters of ELT and collaboration, and his work has been recognized by ministries and departments of education in different countries. His areas of interest are Action Research, Collaboration, TESOL Methodology, and E-learning.
Dr Elena Drugova
Associate Professor and Head, Research Institute of Advanced Learning Technologies
Ph. D., M. Ed., Master of Education in Leadership and Policy (Monash University, AU). Experience in implementing large-scale educational projects in all areas, from preschool to secondary education. International projects experience, analytics and research
Elena Karageorgii
Senior Lecturer
Elena holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford (UK), combined with extensive practical experience in international higher education and anthropology. Her interests include language education and research, as well as writing in the humanities and social sciences.
Dr Yury Lirmak
Associate Professor
Yury has lengthy experience in education management, entrepreneurship, and ELT. He has been a dean, educational entrepreneur and language school director, and co-created the online learning platform ‘The English Patient’. Yury’s interests focus on entrepreneurship, commercialization of education, and technology in ELT.
Daria Maslova
Senior Lecturer and Director of the MOOCs Production & Support Center, Institute of Distance Education, TSU
Daria graduated from Tomsk State University in 2015 (International Faculty of Business Administration) with a degree in management, followed by a master’s degree at TSU in Digital Humanities with an education major. She has also studied international marketing at Fontys University in the Netherlands and education at Sussex University, UK. Since 2018 she has managed online learning at TSU and organized programs on digitalization of education for teachers at a wide range of universities.
Dr Lucy Mitchell
Associate Professor
Lucy is a graduate of Tomsk State University. She has lengthy experience in teaching English for Academic Purposes and English for Professional Purposes. Her areas of interests include TESOL Methodology, ESP and EAP.
Will Nash
Senior Lecturer, Academic Director for Training and Development at the University of Sheffield’s ELT Centre
Will has worked in Further, Higher and Adult Education for over 20 years as a teacher, teacher trainer and manager. His areas of interest are Training and Development, Teaching in University Contexts and TESOL Methodology.
Dr Mikhail Shevchenko
Associate Professor
Mikhail graduated from Tomsk State University’s PhD program after training as a military interpreter and working for the United Nations in Western Sahara. He has extensive practical experience in ELT and ESP. Mikhail’s interests include leadership, TESOL Methodology and ESP.
Andrei Shilnov
Senior Lecturer
Andrei completed his first degree at TSU in 2013, after which he studied for his Master of Education degree at the University of Adelaide (Australia). He has co-authored several research articles in the area of English language teaching. His academic interests include English language testing and curriculum design in ESL.
Vladimir Vozdvizhenskiy
Senior Lecturer
Vladimir graduated from Tomsk State University, where he subsequently received his MA in Linguistics and started working as a lecturer. Vladimir is a Cambridge certified English teacher (CELTA) and is currently employed as a senior lecturer at the Department of Translation and Language Communication. His areas of interests involve TESOL Methodology, ESP and EAP, Assessment and Teaching Translation.
Lea Colner
Guest Lecturer
Lea is the principal of the Vittra Rösjötorp International School in Sweden. She has taught learners from preschool to Grade 6, and has worked as a senior teacher and school principal. Lea has been active in international education, having led European teacher exchange projects, and organizing, chairing and presenting at different international conferences.
Prof Pavel Sysoyev
Guest Professor
Pavel V Sysoyev is founding director of the Foreign language multicultural education research laboratory and a professor at the linguistics department at Derzhavin Tambov State University, and a professor at the department of English and digital technologies at Moscow Pedagogical State University. His research interests include second language acquisition, information and communication technologies in TEFL, content and language integrated learning.

How does the online format work

The two-year program is delivered via Coursera with pre-recorded lectures and live seminars.
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Courses
You will need to complete 120 credits to earn your degree, 60 credits per academic year.
Degree certificate
You’ll complete the program in two years and graduate with a master’s degree in linguistics (English Language Teaching).
The program is designed to offer maximum flexibility so you can effectively balance learning with your other obligations and commitments. The required time is approximately 10-12 hours per week.
Flexibility
As a graduate of the program, you automatically become a member of our alumni network where you can keep in touch with your fellow graduates and graduates of other cohorts, and also our team of academic staff and guest lecturers. You can stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in ELT, and find out about open roles across the globe.

Careers

Senior Teacher
Team Leader
Head of Department
Language School Director
Academic Manager
Director of Studies
Assistant Director of Studies
Specialist in ELT Assessment
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Tuition
525 000 rub per year (approx. $7000)

Cost of education

A 50% tuition fee discount is available for citizens in the following countries
Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

About
the University
Tomsk State University (TSU) is the largest classical university in the Asian part of Russia and an acknowledged centre of science, education, and innovation. It was founded by the decree of Emperor Alexander II as Imperial Tomsk University on 28th May, 1878.

Today, TSU is home to 15,000 students. The number of international students is continually increasing; currently there are more than 3,000 students from 70 countries.

The Faculty of Foreign Languages at Tomsk State University was founded in 1995 and has established a reputation as a leader in educating future teachers, translators and linguists. The Department of Translation and Language Communication was established by Dr Peter J Mitchell in 2019 to prepare specialists in education, communication and innovation.
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FAQ
What appears on the degree certificate? Is it the same degree as the on-campus program?
You will graduate with a master’s degree in linguistics (English Language Teaching leadership). The mode of delivery of the degree (online) is not indicated on the degree certificate.
Is the program accredited?
The program is recognized by the Chartered Institute of Linguists in the UK and is accredited by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Russia.
Can I try a course before I apply or enroll in the full degree?
There are multiple online courses you can enroll in as you consider enrolling in the full degree program. Your completed assignments will count towards your degree progress.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please email elt@ido.tsu.ru
Are there networking opportunities to interact with fellow students?
Yes.
Are internships part of the program?
Yes.
Is there an application fee?
There is no fee to apply to the program.
Can I transfer credits into the program?
No. However, you have the opportunity to complete certain individual courses where your progress can be applied to your degree upon acceptance into the full program.
What types of scholarships and financial aid are available?
Tuition fee discounts are available on the basis of your country of residence. The discount is valid for the whole period of your studies.
What is the program cost, and what is the payment schedule? Do I need to pay for the entire degree upfront?
The program cost is 525 000 rub (about $7000) per year. The tuition fee can be paid in 8 equal installments during the course of the program.
What are the English proficiency requirements?
English proficiency of no lower than C1 (TOEFL IBT - 79, IELTS - 6.5, or any other certificate of English proficiency can be provided as a supporting document)
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Dr Peter J Mitchell
Program Director and Founding Head, Department of Translation and Language Communication, TSU

Peter graduated from the University of Durham (England’s third university after Oxford and Cambridge) before obtaining his doctorate in education from the University of Derby (UK) and becoming a Cambridge certified English teacher (CELTA). At the age of 34 he became the youngest ever Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK). Peter consults university leaders internationally on matters of ELT and collaboration, and his work has been recognized by ministries and departments of education in different countries. His areas of interest are Action Research, Collaboration, TESOL Methodology, and E-learning.
Will Nash
Senior Lecturer, Academic Director for Training and Development at the University of Sheffield’s ELT Centre

Will has worked in Further, Higher and Adult Education for over 20 years as a teacher, teacher trainer and manager. His areas of interest are Training and Development, Teaching in University Contexts and TESOL Methodology.
Elena Karageorgii
Senior Lecturer

Elena holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford (UK), combined with extensive practical experience in international higher education and anthropology. Her interests include language education and research, as well as writing in the humanities and social sciences.
Andrei Shilnov
Senior Lecturer

Andrei completed his first degree at TSU in 2013, after which he studied for his Master of Education degree at the University of Adelaide (Australia). He has co-authored several research articles in the area of English language teaching. His academic interests include English language testing and curriculum design in ESL.
Vladimir Vozdvizhenskiy
Senior Lecturer

Vladimir graduated from Tomsk State University, where he subsequently received his MA in Linguistics and started working as a lecturer. Vladimir is a Cambridge certified English teacher (CELTA) and is currently employed as a senior lecturer at the Department of Translation and Language Communication. His areas of interests involve TESOL Methodology, ESP and EAP, Assessment and Teaching Translation.
Daria Maslova
Senior Lecturer and Director of the MOOCs Production & Support Center, Institute of Distance Education, TSU

Daria graduated from Tomsk State University in 2015 (International Faculty of Business Administration) with a degree in management, followed by a master’s degree at TSU in Digital Humanities with an education major. She has also studied international marketing at Fontys University in the Netherlands and education at Sussex University, UK. Since 2018 she has managed online learning at TSU and organized programs on digitalization of education for teachers at a wide range of universities.
Dr Elena Drugova
Associate Professor and Head, Research Institute of Advanced Learning Technologies

Ph. D., M. Ed., Master of Education in Leadership and Policy (Monash University, AU). Experience in implementing large-scale educational projects in all areas, from preschool to secondary education. International projects experience, analytics and research
Prof Pavel Sysoyev
Guest Professor

Pavel V Sysoyev is founding director of the Foreign language multicultural education research laboratory and a professor at the linguistics department at Derzhavin Tambov State University, and a professor at the department of English and digital technologies at Moscow Pedagogical State University. His research interests include second language acquisition, information and communication technologies in TEFL, content and language integrated learning.
Lea Colner
Guest Lecturer

Lea is the principal of the Vittra Rösjötorp International School in Sweden. She has taught learners from preschool to Grade 6, and has worked as a senior teacher and school principal.Lea has been active in international education, having led European teacher exchange projects, and organizing, chairing and presenting at different international conferences.