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MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MEd - Master of Education

Subject areas

Tesol (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages)

Course type


Course Summary


  • Aimed at qualified teachers and others who work in TESOL at either primary, secondary or tertiary levels in different educational contexts around the world
  • We offer two routes - one for existing teaching practitioners seeking to develop their professional skills and one for those wanting to enter a career in language teaching
  • You will benefit from small class sizes and working closely with our academic staff and your fellow students
  • You’ll join a multicultural and multilingual environment with students from across the world such as China, Mexico, USA, South Korea, Kapan and Thailand
  • We offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by undertaking visits to local language schools in Exeter


A Masters in TESOL has international recognition and is seen as an important professional qualification worldwide to enable TESOL teachers to enhance their career prospects. In particular it is often seen as an important entry qualification for educators who want to work at University level.

In addition, depending on the modules taken, completing the MEd TESOL can help you move into new areas such as:

teacher education and training
English for special purposes
materials development
teaching English to young learners

Our MEd also offers excellent preparation for progression to PhD or professional doctorate (EdD).

Students will also get PG Dip and PG Cert as exit award.


In this module we discuss and critically evaluate language learning theories that developed over the last 100 years or so, and highlight key issues that are relevant to our field today. While its emphasis is on learning a second, other or additional language, we also draw on theories about first language learning. The module clearly focuses on language learning, however, it also discusses what implications these insights have on teaching. Participants are invited to reflect on their own language learning and teaching in the light of the theories presented. The seminar uses various methods to facilitate engagement with the module content: lecture style presentations, question and answer, group discussions, pair discussion, student presentations, discussion of relevant articles, concept maps, poster presentations, etc. The participants are given guidance of how to prepare for each seminar and they are invited to actively participate.

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Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in language- or education-related disciplines. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant teaching experience, we would welcome your application.

University information

The University of Exeter is a global university and a member of the leading research-oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 27,000 students from over 150 countries, 5,600 of these are postgraduates, studying across the university’s three main...more