Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

University of Hertfordshire · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a field related to Language, English or Education. Applicants with degrees in other subjects may be considered, but candidates may be required to complete selection activities which may include: Submission of a short written discussion of a topic related to English Language.Participation in an interview (via Skype)A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0) or equivalent for those whose first language is not English.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Hertfordshire is a one year programme for graduates in English, with little or no teaching experience who want an initial preparation course in English Language Teaching at post-graduate level.

The programme gives an in-depth introduction to the teaching of English and provides a strong practical foundation for future development. A practical teaching element is a central feature of the programme; students will participate in practice teaching sessions throughout their study period.

It is a twelve month full-time programme.The two taught semesters (Semester A & B) are examined by coursework and lead to a Post-Graduate Diploma in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. These are followed by a dissertation in Semester C (June - September), successful completion of which will lead to an MA (TESOL).

The programme will cover the following areas: A practical introduction to the teaching of EnglishA teaching and learning-focused study of the English Language, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, texts, and genreStudy of the extent and range of uses of EnglishTheoretical insights into how languages are learnedMethods of English language teaching and practical teaching sessions including needs analysis, syllabus design and materials production and evaluation, incorporating use of technology and testingResearch methods - preparation for research and dissertationDissertation - which will involve some collection and analysis of data.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

01707 284800
01707 284870