Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a Specialism in Assessment and Evaluation

University of St Andrews · English Language Teaching Centre

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Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours degree in any discipline or significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning such as professional qualifications or certifications.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a Specialism in Assessment and Evaluation is designed to be useful to both experienced English language teachers as well as those considering a career in English language teaching. It is aimed at teachers with a particular interest in assessment and evaluation.

Assessment is increasingly becoming part of ELT pedagogy: mastery and active learning approaches use assessment tasks as learning tasks, low-stakes testing is structuring engagement in online learning, and increasingly credential-oriented societies require teachers to make creative use of testing to support learning. A specialism in assessment and evaluation will support you to understand the development of the current testing culture in ELT, including reflecting on where teachers can work with or need to resist current developments.

There is also a highly practical value to the specialism: assessment is often done poorly, in a hurry, and with little awareness of consequences. Being able to develop tests, create supporting materials, and train examiners are therefore prized skills for ELT practitioners.


  • Experience and evaluate different types of assessment through the weekly coursework tasks.
  • Take a specific Assessment and Evaluation module, conduct research in this area as part of an Action Research module, and choose a dissertation topic to research further into the field of assessment and evaluation.
  • Join experienced practitioners and scholars in the English language teaching community, with opportunities to be involved in ongoing professional development events and the annual English for Academic Purposes (EAP) conference.
  • Focus your studies in your particular area of interest, and gain a better theoretical and practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to assessment and evaluation.
  • Integrate theory and practice – discuss theoretical concepts and frameworks in small groups and apply these through practical assessments and peer teaching sessions.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are a variety of funding options available for postgraduate students. For more details visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

International Education Institute
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