Taught course

English Language Teaching

University of Sussex · Sussex Language Institute

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a linguistics, English language or modern languages degree with a significant linguistics component. Applicants from other disciplines and with relevant experience in the field of teaching will be considered but may be asked to produce/ submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words) to prove they are able to cope with the demands of the MA.

Months of entry


Course content

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical issues that impact on the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and English as a Second Language (TESL/TESOL). The MA is designed to develop knowledge and critical understanding of current theories and research in language acquisition, and relate these to the practice of English language pedagogy.

The course is aimed both at experienced language-teaching professionals and those with language- and linguistics-based degrees but little or no teaching experience. Options, seminar groups and teaching practice are organised to reflect your previous experience and interests.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term: Language Analysis • Second-Language Acquisition and Research • a short foreign-language module.

Spring term: Principles and Practice in ELT. You also choose from a number of career-focused options (subject to student demand), which may include Advanced Practical Teaching*

• Discourse and Communication Analysis • ELT Management • Practical Teaching Techniques and Observation • Teaching English for Academic Purposes • Teaching Young Learners • World Englishes.

*Students with appropriate previous teaching qualifications who successfully complete this module will be deemed TEFL-qualified at UK Diploma level, as defined by the British Council Accreditation Scheme.

Summer term: you take Research Methods in ELT and, following this, you undertake a research-oriented project, to be written up as a dissertation.

Some modules are taught with students from the MA in Applied Linguistics.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/sussex-centre-for-language-studies/english-language-teaching-ma

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


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

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678176