MA in TESOL with IBES & UCAM (through APEL process by IBES)

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA in TESOL)A program with Institut Brittany d'Enseignement Supérieur and Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia via APEL process managed by IBES.

In the context of English becoming a global communication language, mastering English not only opens the door to cultural exchange but also facilitates career development in many fields such as business, technology, tourism, and education. Consequently, the demand for English teachers with high professional qualifications, strong communication skills, and creative teaching methods is extremely high.

The MA in TESOL program offered by SIMI Swiss focuses not only on educational planning and management but also on providing in-depth knowledge for educators or potential English language instructors. As an accredited and recognized higher education institution, SIMI Swiss’s programs are widely acknowledged by partner universities.

In collaboration with Education and Pedagogy programs, SIMI Swiss learners will have their academic results recognized through the APEL process by the Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur (IBES) and be awarded an additional qualification from IBES and the top 200 European university – Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM).

Upon graduation, students will receive:

  • A Master of Arts in Education Management and Innovation Pedagogy from SIMI Swiss; and, through the APEL process by IBES, learners could also obtain:
  • Titulo Propio – Master of Arts in TESOL from Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM);
  • Master of Arts in TESOL from the Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur (IBES).

In partnership with the Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur (IBES) in the Master of Arts in TESOL program, SIMI Swiss students’ academic achievements will be validated through the APEL process managed by IBES. They will also earn additional qualifications from both IBES and the top 200 European university, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM). This enhances learners professional skills in various educational and pedagogical aspects.

SIMI Swiss, IBES and UCAM are organizations that have achieved reputation recognition and accreditation from the Programmatic to the Institutional levels.

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Learning Model:

SIMI programs offer a Fully Online or Hybrid learning model (conditionally applied), allowing students to study with original programs from Switzerland and partner countries. This enables students to achieve qualifications equivalent to those of full-time international students without the need to live in or attend on-site activities. The Broadcast classes with SIMI’s Lecturers on scheduled days are perfect for those with busy work lives or limited time during the week.

The following video will provide learners with a direct and comprehensive overview of enrolling in online classes at SIMI Swiss.

Supporting Systems:

We understand that pursuing a postgraduate accredited program can be both exciting and challenging, especially for busy adult learners. To assist in overcoming challenges, we’ve developed the SIMI Swiss Supporting Systems, designed to help navigate any difficulties during learners studies.

For a comprehensive overview of our support, please watch our informative videos for assistance at every step of your academic journey.

Effective SIMI Pedagogy:

At SIMI, we pay special attention to the effectiveness of our programs. As for our exclusive teaching method specifically designed for busy learners, we strongly believe that this method will allow learners to seamlessly integrate foundational theory and professional knowledge into the context of real life and career.

The following video will help you understand this method more deeply.

This program consists of 3 modules in pedagogy and 3 modules in English language teaching, totaling 180 UK Credits over a minimum duration of 1.5 years.

The 3 modules in Pedagogy (60 UK Credits): 

  • Pedagogy and Practice in Education (20 UK Credits)
  • Leading Reflective Practice in Education (20 UK Credits)
  • Research Methods in Education (20 UK Credits)

After each module, learners will take an ending exam. The end-of-module exams are application-oriented essays to help learners review knowledge, apply knowledge in the workplace, and improve the practical environment.

The 3 modules in English teaching (60 UK Credits):

Teaching Reading and Writing (20 UK Credits)

  • Topic 1 – The Nature of Reading Topic 2 – Models of Reading
  • Topic 3 – Reading and the Second Language Reader
  • Topic 4 – Social Contexts and Motivation to Read Topic 5 – Individual Student Variation
  • Topic 6 – Reading and Vocabulary Development Topic 7 – Strategic and Fluent Reader
  • Topic 8 – Extensive and Intensive Reading
  • Topic 9 – Theoretical Orientations to Second Language Writing Topic 10 – Learning to Write in the Second Language
  • Topic 11 – Writing Process
  • Topic 12 – Response, Error Correction and Grading Topic 13 – Second Language Writing and Culture Topic 14 – Writer’s Workshop Approach

Teaching Listening and Speaking (20 UK Credits)

  • Topic 1 – Listening as Comprehension & Listening as Acquisition Topic 2 – Cyclical Approach in Teaching Listening
  • Topic 3 – Principles of Developing Listening Activities Topic 4 – Types of Meaning for Listening
  • Topic 5 – Examples of Listening Activities
  • Topic 6 – Learning Styles and Listening Strategies Topic 7 – Functions of Speaking
  • Topic 8 – Talk as Interaction, Transaction and Performance Topic 9 – Types of Speaking Activities
  • Topic 10 – Assessment of Speaking
  • Topic 11 – Teaching Pronunciation in a Second or Foreign Language Topic 12 – Speaking and Listening Fluency

Language Assessment and Testing (20 UK Credits)

  • Topic 1 – Role and Purpose of Testing and Evaluation Topic 2 – Principles of Test and Measurement
  • Topic 3 – Limitation of Tests
  • Topic 4 – Basic Statistics and Measurement Topic 5 – Reliability of Tests
  • Topic 6 – Validity of Tests Topic 7 – Item Analysis
  • Topic 8 – Different Formats of Assessment Topic 9 – Objective Language Tests
  • Topic 10 – Subjective Language Tests Topic 11 – Technology in Assessment Topic 12 – Authentic Assessment

Master’s Dissertation stage (60 UK Credits):

  • Dissertation
  • Defend Dissertation

After going through the APEL process from the IBES, students who complete the program will be jointly recognized and awarded qualifications by SIMI Swiss, Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur (IBES), and Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM).

Learning Outcome:

  • Understanding of modern teaching methods, including lesson design and planning, classroom management, and effective interaction with students in diverse educational environments.
  • Understanding of linguistics and the nature of the English language, as well as mastery of the necessary teaching skills and techniques.
  • Practical classroom teaching skills and the ability to apply theory into practice, creating a positive and effective learning environment.
  • Capability in educational facility management and developing teaching processes, along with a clear understanding of students and self-awareness as an educator.

Teaching and learning strategies:

The central training philosophy of the program starts from understanding the theory and case studies that are currently applied in world enterprises to the process of applying the learned knowledge to the enterprises themselves and the learners’ business environment. In addition to the practical knowledge, the program also equips the necessary skills for a business leader and manager in the volatile and risky global business context.

The program is Learner-centered and focuses on solving learners’ problems:

The Learner-centered training method will focus on solving learners’ problems through background knowledge and case studies that are applied in successful businesses worldwide. Through each module, learners will step by step solve management problems that they face every day with the guidance of the theoretical system, the practice system, expert lecturers and local teaching assistants.

In addition to the entry requirements, candidates applying to the program are also assessed for their suitability by the admissions committee before joining the program to ensure that they can acquire and benefit from the program.

Entry requirements:

To enroll this program, learners must possess one of the criteria below:

  • A Bachelor’s qualification in English or Education from accredited universities; or
  • A Level 6 EQF diploma in English or Education or equivalent. Level 6 Diploma qualifications must be from organizations that are authorized to issue qualifications and have been accredited.

Please note: 

  1. SIMI does not accept entry qualifications from counterfeit universities, Diploma Mills, or universities accredited by unreliable accreditation agencies.
  2. Applicants with a bachelor’s qualification in other fields must meet the English language entry requirements and demonstrate a minimum of 3 years of English teaching experience.
  3. Individuals with a bachelor’s qualification in English, English education, or a bachelor’s program taught in English are exempt from the English language entry requirement.

English requirements:

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

Please note: SIMI reserves the right to make admissions decisions based on the requirements of recognized agencies and the global quotas of the program.

Because the programs and qualifications offered are rigorously accredited by reputable organizations, upon graduation, students have the confidence to enter the job market, pursue further studies, and smoothly transition to other prestigious and equivalently reputable educational systems.

SIMI SWISS is the pioneering higher education institution with accreditation at both the programmatic and institutional levels:

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) at the highest level (Premier Institution);
  • A full member of SVEB (Swiss Federation for Adult Learning);
  • Accreditation of the management system compatible with the European Quality Assurance Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) and Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, awarded by the HEAD – Higher Education Accreditation Division;
  • Achieve ISO 21001:2018, complying with the European Quality Assurance Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) and the Quality Assurance in the Higher Education Area Requirements (EGS);
  • Programs is recognized by Ofqual UK.Gov Awarding Bodies;
  • Learning outcomes are mapped to the UK national occupational standards.

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About Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM):

  • UCAM is a national-level university recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education;
  • Ranked in the Top 10 universities in Spain by U-MultiRank;
  • Ranked 4th in Spain in the Best Global Universities Ranking;
  • Ranked 151 – 200 in the Europe Teaching Rankings;
  • Ranked 531-540 in the QS World University Rankings;
  • Awarded 5 stars by the QS Stars Rating System;
  • Ranked 351-400 in the Young University Rankings by THE (Times Higher Education);
  • UCAM’s education program is ranked 501-600 globally by THE.

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About Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur:

  • The Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur, France, is an institution for higher education and postgraduate training under Article R.6351-6 of the French Employment Code, licensed for the ILE-DE-FRANCE region with registration number 11755913675;
  • IBES is an educational institution registered with the French Ministry of Education as an Institute providing undergraduate and postgraduate programs according to the French Education Act – Code de l’Education Articles L 444-1 to 444-11 and R 444-1 to 444-28 for online education;
  • A member of the European Association for Distance Learning (EADL) and has achieved the national quality certification Qualiopi.

Certifications & Apostilles in Switzerland:

Certifications & Apostilles is the process by which The Cantonal Chancellery certifies original public documents of the Canton of Zug (where SIMI Swiss is authorized and licensed), thus validating them for use abroad. The process solely verifies the authenticity of the diploma, confirming its origin from the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation, and ensures the genuine signature of the chancellor/dean.

Below is an example of the Certification by Notary Public and confirm from Chancellor of State:

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