Taught course

Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

University of Essex · Department of Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

If you intend to become a professional teacher of English but have little or no prior teaching experience, then our MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language offers you vocationally-relevant training through teaching practice and allows you to plan, execute and reflect on real teaching. Our core module, in both terms, is on materials and methods of language teaching together with practice of teaching real classes. At least 20 other ELT/TESOL modules are normally available as options. Unlike our other courses, MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language can only accommodate a limited number of students, so early application is advisable.

Our Department of Language and Linguistics offers an outstanding teaching and research environment. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), we were rated as producing the highest proportion of world-leading linguistics research of any university in the UK and we were ranked ninth in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey.

Our students are taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research in a wide range of areas. This means we provide an active and stimulating environment for your studies. We have a strong research group culture and run a weekly Departmental Seminar, which regularly features eminent outside speakers.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment50

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719