Taught course

Policy and Practice in Basic Skills (ESOL)

University of Bolton · Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies

Entry requirements

You should have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours degree and a PGCE (or equivalent). If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English language qualification at the appropriate level for this course, i.e. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA Policy and Practice in Basic Skills Education (ESOL) is for teachers, trainers, team leaders and heads of department/section who work in the field of ESOL teaching.

You will consider the different contexts in which English language teaching and learning takes place and learn about the latest research in the field. You will also explore the development of ESOL provision and the impact of external factors, such as political and historical events, and how they have affected the teaching of English as a second language.

You will learn about theories and principles of ESOL provision and relate these to your personal practice.

You will examine the relationship between theories and practice of teaching English as a second language. You will learn about the latest developments in curriculum design and issues of sociolinguistics, ethnographic and social-physiological approaches to ESOL teaching and learning.

You will consider the wider issues that may have an impact on the teaching of ESOL, for example, the place of English in a changing global context; the effects of international political events; national trends; immigration policies and attitudes to integration, multiculturalism and cultural identification. You will also look at issues relating to policies on further and adult education.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 - 60 months

Course contact details

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