Taught course

Applied Linguistics for TESOL

Kingston University · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

A second-class degree or above, or equivalent relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This practice-based programme is aimed specifically at postgraduate students with or without language teaching experience who intend to develop their careers in language teaching of not only English but also other languages. It is suitable for both native speakers and non-native speakers of English. Students may be eligible for a bursary.

Key features

  • You will have the opportunity to observe teachers in practice to gain a deeper understanding of classroom management and language teaching pedagogy, as well as the chance to design and use teaching materials.
  • In addition to gaining research skills from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, you will also gain employability skills, such as criticality and advanced oral and written communication, which are relevant not only to language teaching, but also to teaching-related professions.

What you will study

The course offers a mix of theoretical applied linguistic topics and more-practical application of ideas. Core modules introduce the conceptual foundations of the subject, while option modules cover topics that allow you to develop your own path of enquiry.

You will gain insights into the theory and practice of language learning and teaching, and will develop your teaching skills through micro-teaching in a peer-led environment and through the optional opportunity to gain a professional teaching qualification (CELTA*) as part of the programme. Students may choose this option at their own additional expense and at an institution of their choice, but the CELTA/CLTA* must be studied after the end of the second semester modules.

* The CELTA qualification is not available at Kingston University. You will be advised of a local college where the CELTA can be studied.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/ for more details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929