menu icon
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Tesol (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages)

Course type


Course Summary

The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a specialist master's course suitable for anyone working - or aspiring to work - in the field of teaching English as an international language. You will gain exposure to the latest developments in TESOL research, policy and practice, and work with expert tutors who, collectively, have taught English across five continents and are leading the way with their research.

Throughout the course we will challenge your thinking and assumptions about how English is used, taught and learned worldwide, analysing its role as the world’s major international language and exploring current issues and debates. We place particular emphasis on helping you to apply the latest thinking about English language teaching to different social and cultural contexts, including your own. In addition to core units, you will attend specialised teaching training workshops to gain expertise in relevant classroom procedures, and complete an academic writing and study skills course. You will also have opportunities to share experiences with language educators from a range of backgrounds and build an international network of professional contacts.

By the end of the course you will be able to: develop appropriate teaching methods and materials to enhance how English is taught in your own country; use the latest research to reflect on, and inform, your daily practice and decision-making; enhance your employability in a range of fields, including English language teaching, bilingual education, language teacher education, intercultural communication and business communication; build an international profile and contribute academically and professionally to this rapidly evolving field. This course is suitable for students with academic and professional backgrounds in applied linguistics, English language education, linguistics, international education and cultural studies. It is relevant for those already working in the field, and for those aspiring to do so.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This is semester 2 module. The aims of this unit are: to introduce current approaches and concepts in relation to the teaching and assessment of English as an international language; to foster a critical understanding of language teaching and testing as they apply to a variety of language learning situations; to encourage students to establish links between classroom practices and relevant research; to introduce approaches and issues related to the design of teacher training or teacher development courses; to enhance the professional practice of students through a more critical understanding and sensitivity towards their language teaching approaches and techniques.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course they may have an undergraduate degree in any subject. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if they can provide evidence of their suitability for the degree. If their first language is not English but within the last 2 years, Students completed their degree in the UK, they may be exempt from our English language requirements.