Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as: English, Linguistics, Education, and Literature. Undergraduate degrees in other subjects will be considered on an individual basis. UK: Upper Second Class Honours. China: 1st tier universities: 75% or above; 2nd tier universities: 80% or above. North America: 3.0 cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme. Other regions: Equivalent academic qualifications

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA TESOL will provide suitably-qualified graduates with an opportunity to develop both a scholarly and practical understanding of the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The programme is also suitable for language teachers, teacher trainers, materials writers and test designers who wish to further develop their range of professional skills and knowledge.

The programme is aimed at helping candidates:

  • Gain an advanced critical understanding of key issues, concepts and theories, practices in the field of English language teaching
  • Acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of language and texts in the contexts in which they are used
  • Explore the implications of language analysis for teaching purposes
  • Develop understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in classroom practice
  • Engage with theories underlying current views on language learning, including the importance of individual differences amongst learners in their abilities and learning preferences
  • Appreciate and view critically the connections between theory and practice in the field of English language teaching
  • Foster the ability of conducting academic research

Core modules

  • Linguistics for Language Teachers
  • Methods in English Language Teaching
  • Principles of Course and Material Design
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Elective modules

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Lexis and Vocabulary Teaching
  • English for Specific Purposes


Graduates possessing the MA TESOL may pursue a career or enhance their prospects in the field of English language teaching. In China, a postgraduate qualification in TESOL is increasingly sought-after by hiring educational institutions. The programme will facilitate the professional development of those candidates who are considering a career in publishing, materials development and management. The programme will also equip those interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of English language teaching and applied linguistics by preparing them to conduct research competently at the level of the MPhil, MRes, EdD and PhD.

Fees and funding

UK students
RMB 90,000
International students
RMB 90,000


XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants for September 2015 will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit, and no separate application is required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months
part time
30 months

Course contact details

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