Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

University of Hertfordshire · School of Social Science, Humanities and Education

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 lower second class honours degrees (2:2) and/or 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

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 English Language teaching (including: observation of experienced ELT professionals & 4-6 hours of teaching practice)
  • In-depth analysis of the English Language (phonology, grammar, vocabulary and pragmatics of spoken and written English) to enhance knowledge of language for English language teaching
  • Study of the extent and range of uses of English
  • Theoretical insights into how languages are learned
  • Methods of English language teaching and practical teaching sessions including needs analysis, syllabus design and materials production and evaluation, incorporating use of technology and testing
  • Research methods - preparation for research and dissertation
  • Dissertation - which will involve some collection and analysis of data

Information for international students

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.

If your IELTS score is below 6.5 you can take one or more Pre-sessional English short courses to help you reach the required level.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

01707 284800