Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

University of Birmingham · Department of English Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements

We usually ask for a good Honours degree in a relevant subject, or overseas equivalent. However, when considering your application, we look at your qualifications and work experience as well as your academic credentials. If your first degree is in an unrelated subject but you have relevant professional experience you may well be eligible for the course. For this reason, it is important to provide details of any current and/or previous employment in your application; it is always helpful to include a current CV but please complete the relevant sections of the application form as well.
If you do not meet these entry requirements, you may interested in our TESOL microcredentials, TESOL: Language Teaching Methodology and TESOL: Insights into Language Teaching. On successful completion of both microcredentials, you will be awarded 20 UK Credits at Postgraduate level from the University of Birmingham that can be used as an alternative qualification for entry to our MA and PgCert TESOL distance learning programmes.

Months of entry

February, April, July, October, December

Course content

Are you interested in a career in English language teaching? Are you already a teacher of English and want to advance your professional standing?

Our popular MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for practising teachers of English to speakers of other languages. We explore different approaches to the teaching and learning of English and study the close relationship between language teaching theory and practice.
The programme encourages you to use the concepts and theories that you encounter during your course of study in your own classroom.
It is a set of interactive course materials to complete in part-time, self-study mode over a period of at least 30 months.
We also offer a full-time, on-campus programme over one year – for more information see Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    30 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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