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 or equivalent (e.g. Level 7 Diploma in TESOL) 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. Credit will be awarded for learning that has taken place within the last five years immediately prior to the start of the course. Credit may also be awarded in cases where a TESOL qualification has been awarded more than five years ago but where the applicant can provide evidence that their learning has continued in a professional or similar context since then

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. Some experience is required to take this programme; for example, it is ideal for English language teachers who have two or more years’ experience in the field.

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

The programme 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 programme usually begins in late September with an online orientation session administered via our virtual learning environment. In the 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.

There are five online modules and a dissertation, and you can find more details about each of them on the Course Structure page. Dates are provided as a guide, but may vary.

  • 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 normally completed within a 10-week period. The modules are assessed either 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 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.

Online learning

The course is delivered via Lancaster’s high quality virtual learning site and includes online seminars and tutorials. You will have access to the University’s extensive online library resources. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact with peers and academics, and to engage with the department’s academic community.

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

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1524 592099