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What will I learn?

The programme aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and professional competencies required to teach Chinese effectively to speakers of other languages in a variety of contexts globally and in Ireland.* Students develop an understanding of key issues in teaching Chinese as a linguistic system to a variety of learners. They become familiar with recent research and publications on theory and practice in teaching Chinese and they learn how to critically review this material. They gain practical professional experience by engaging in class observation and practice teaching and they learn how to evaluate their own professional competence and that of others. Their teaching internship placements are arranged for them by the School of Asian Studies. They also write a dissertation on a topic drawn from the field of Chinese language teaching. On leaving the programme they are prepared to teach Chinese in a wide range of contexts and they have the necessary professional and reflective competencies to further develop their capacities and careers in Chinese language teaching or associated fields.

Skills and Careers Information

Chinese language learning among non-Chinese people is expanding all the time and it’s a truly global market. This means that an MA TCSOL from UCC can be a passport to employment as a Chinese language teaching professional not just in Ireland but anywhere in the world. For those who already have experience of teaching Chinese, the MA TCSOL offers a chance to consolidate understanding and develop specific skills and expertise. While at present there is no formal pathway to qualified teacher status in Irish schools for teachers of Chinese and this course will not qualify you to teach Chinese in state schools in Ireland, the MA TCSOL offers a prestigious prior qualification in this area which will open many teaching opportunities to you in Ireland and further afield.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€18,080.00 (US$ 20,972) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022

Venue

University College Cork

College Road,

Cork,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applications will normally be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to a UCC Bachelor (Hons) degree and whose grades are equivalent to a UCC Second-Class Honours Grade 1 or Second-Class Honours Grade 2 as appropriate. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL A minimum score of 550.

For international students

Applications will normally be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to a UCC Bachelor (Hons) degree and whose grades are equivalent to a UCC Second-Class Honours Grade 1 or Second-Class Honours Grade 2 as appropriate. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Duolingo English Test: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.

IELTS: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOEFL 90 Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing 17

Cambridge Proficiency Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Cambridge Advanced Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Pearson PTE: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Application deadline: July/31.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University College Cork

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  • Over 3,000 international students
  • Over 90% of graduates secure employment after graduating