Taught course

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

University of Kent · School of European Culture and Languages

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. A minimum of one-year full-time (or equivalent) teaching experience in TESOL. International applicants for whom English is not their first language must have IELTS overall 7.0 with at least 6.0 for each component. Applicants with an alternative experience/qualification will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Applied Linguistics is for teachers who are at the beginning of their careers and those who have more experience but would like to develop, deepen and enhance their knowledge, skills and practice.

The programme covers the areas of linguistics that inform classroom practice (such as syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics and phonetics), raising awareness of these fields and applying them to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Practical teaching opportunities are a feature of the programme, including teaching to your peer group and international students from other programmes. There is also the opportunity to visit a local language college and observe classes.

Course structure
The programme starts with three linguistics modules (Sounds, Structure and Meaning) and a module on language awareness for teachers (Language Awareness and Analysis) so that you have a firm grasp of the linguistic bases of language teaching and how to apply them to the classroom.

In the spring term the focus is on how languages are learned (Second Language Acquisition), how you can improve classroom technique (The Practice of TESOL), plan for your students’ needs (Course and Syllabus Design) and provide them with materials which will be interesting, effective and motivating (Materials Evaluation and Development).

The dissertation will be an opportunity to plan and develop a piece of empirical research which can be of direct relevance to your current or planned teaching situation.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current information and application process.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of European Culture and Languages
+44 (0) 1227 827272