Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Applied Linguistics

University of Central Lancashire · School of Psychology and Humanities

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree in related subject.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate appropriate teaching experience in language education preferably in teaching English as a second language for at least 1-2 years.

Recognised pre-service certificate such as Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.

A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application.

IELTS: Score of at least 6.5 with no component lower than 6.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

English is a global language with millions of people wanting to learn it. Teaching English is a truly rewarding and fulfilling career, and one which will enable you to travel widely and come into contact with other cultures. There’s an increasing demand for well-qualified TESOL professionals around the world and with our TESOL with Applied Linguistics you’ll be well-equipped to teach English to non-native speakers.

This postgraduate degree course gives you a thorough grounding in teaching methodology, classroom management, and an in-depth knowledge of lexis, grammar and phonology, and the way in which language is learned. It’ll also help you to develop the analytical and reflective skills you need to continue to develop as a professional.

Full-time: 1 year, starting in September

Part-time: 3 years, starting in January, April or September

Why study with us

  • You’ll work in small groups of British and international students, so you’ll really get to know each other and your tutors, and learn from each other to reach your potential.
  • The course aims to highlight the main principles and theories underpinning TESOL practice which you can link to your teaching experience.
  • It’s taught by people who are academic researchers, practitioners and teacher-trainers in their own right with a range of experience in a variety of teaching contexts around the world.

What you'll do

  • You’ll benefit from the language learning resources of the Worldwise Centre a well-resourced library with a reputation for great digital resources.
  • We regularly also host internationally-renowned guest speakers for talks and conferences on campus.
  • We’ve a well-established network of alumni with contacts around the world and regular work opportunities arise within our Language Academy or at partner institutions.

Learning and assessment

All classes involve interactive teaching and workshops with no traditional lectures. You’ll be expected to prepare thoroughly for all classes and review them afterwards, as well as undertaking extensive follow-up reading. In your self-study time you can take advantage of the University’s facilities.

Face to face classes, of approximately eight hours, run Monday to Wednesday during the daytime (9am - 5pm) in semesters one and two. Thursday and Friday are self-study days. Semester three has no scheduled classes so you can work on your dissertation.

You’ll complete a total of nine modules (180 credits) of which the dissertation makes up a triple module. The core of this postgraduate course covers three key areas: language teaching methodology, how second languages are learned or acquired, and the study of language itself. You’ll also complete a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic you want to investigate. You’ll have structured input on research methods and be allocated a supervisor to support your research.

You’ll attend the regular research seminars held in the School, which will feed into your research methods module and prepare you for your dissertation in semester three.

Further information

We have great links with employers within the world of English Language Teaching (ELT) and regularly advertise jobs and job fairs. Employers also visit the campus on a regular basis.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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