Taught course

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

Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a language/linguistics-related degree or one with a number of language/linguistics-related subjects.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements
You will need to have at least two years of language teaching experience, preferably in English as a Foreign/Second Language.

We accredit the Diploma in English Language Teaching (DELTA) qualification as prior learning. It counts 20 credits and exempts students from LING409, Curriculum Design and Teacher Development. Applicants whose prior learning is accredited receive a 10% reduction in fees. Students need to request accreditation at the point of application to the programme and credit will only be awarded for learning that has taken place within the last five years.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time, web-based programme aims to provide flexibility so that you can study alongside your existing work and personal commitments.

We aim to equip teachers with up-to-date knowledge and skills that will enable them to work in a variety of language teaching contexts. English language teachers who have at least two years’ experience in the field would be suitable candidates for this degree programme.

You will be able to choose from a range of module topics ideally relating to your academic interests and benefit your work. We aim to use the latest pedagogical principles in distance education and web-based learning and teaching, you will have the opportunity to access a variety of technological tools to enhance your learning experience.

The programme usually 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.
This programme usually begins in late September and is administered online via our virtual learning environment. 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

Enhancing your career

The quality of Lancaster’s TESOL courses is recognised by employers world-wide and former students have taken up prestigious teaching positions in Ministries of Education, Curriculum Development Centres and Research Centres in countries around the world.

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 592099