Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Distance)

Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent in a language/linguistics-related degree or one with a number of language/linguistics related subjects.

Months of entry


Course content

You will be able to choose module assignments and dissertation topics that relate to your academic interests and benefit your work. We use the latest pedagogical principles in distance education and web-based learning and teaching, and you will find that we employ a wide variety of technological tools to enhance your learning experience.

The course has three main areas of focus:

  • To familiarise you with important academic research and theories relating to TESOL;
  • To highlight issues of contemporary interest in the field of TESOL, and discuss how attitudes towards these issues are changing and becoming more enlightened;
  • To develop your skills in handling applied linguistic research for conducting evidence-based enquiry within the field of TESOL.

The course begins in late September with an online orientation session. You will meet your tutors and fellow students in our virtual learning environment and become familiar with this form of web-based learning. We will provide more information about how the course will work and how you will engage with the learning materials, tutors and other students.

The following five modules make up the course and you can find more details about each of them on the Course Structure page.

  • Second Language Acquisition (October-December, Year 1)
  • Trends and Issues in Language Teaching Methodology (January - March, Year 1)
  • Curriculum Design and Teacher Development in Language Education (April - June, Year 1)
  • Classroom Language Assessment (October - December, Year 2)
  • Second Language Classroom Research (January - March, Year 2)
  • Dissertation

Each module is completed within a 10-week period. The modules are either assessed by a 5000-word assignment or a combination of a shorter assignment of 2500 words and a recorded presentation. The final component of the course (from April, Year 2 - September, Year 2) involves a dissertation of 15,000 words, on an area of research relevant to your own teaching context or specific interests. Throughout all of the modules and the dissertation component you will have one-to-one access to our team of teaching staff for individual academic supervision, guidance and feedback, as well as taking part in web-based seminars.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in listening and speaking and at least 6.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

All applicants should consult http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/pgfunding/.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1524 593028