Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA

Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies


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Why study this programme?

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL] will enable you to develop a strong foundation of knowledge about teaching English, as well as skills for classroom practice. You will be introduced to important theories about language teaching and learning, and links between theory and practice are continually emphasised throughout the course.

This postgraduate course provides a unique opportunity for students to enter the field of TESOL without having had prior teaching experience. There are five modules in total, which together enable you to experience varied and innovative perspectives of TESOL. You will learn about methods and approaches to teaching, and also focus on practical techniques as well as develop reflective and observational skills. There is a strong focus on developing your language awareness by exploring grammatical, lexical and phonological aspects of language as well as features of discourse. You will also learn about the principles of testing and research methods and be engaged in professional development activities.  The course therefore enables you to develop the reflective and analytical skills you need to become a professional in the field.

There is the opportunity for eligible candidates to gain recognised external qualifications at the end of the course.

We also offer an extra  ‘Professional Placement’ module which enables you to experience professional practices associated with work in the field of TESOL. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and to enhance your C.V. Professional placements are normally between 24-40 weeks.

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Entry Requirements

A 2.2 level undergraduate degree

An IELTS score of 6.5 including a 6.5. in writing. 

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Methodology in TESOL
  • About Language
  • Principles of Testing and Assessment in TESOL
  • Research Methods

Semester 2

  • Methodology in TESOL
  • About Language
  • Professional Development for Teachers of English as another language
  • Research Methods

Semester 3

  • Writing your Dissertation
  • Professional Placement option (after successful completion of dissertation and taught modules)

Further Information

The MA TESOL is taught by a team of experienced practitioners who have worked extensively in the UK and overseas. Each member of the team is engaged in research and together have a wide range of research interests.  Embedded into the modules are practical elements such as lesson planning, peer teaching and lesson observations, enabling you to develop practical skills and techniques.

In semester 1 and 2 you will focus on taught modules, and in semester 3 will be engaged in your dissertation study.

This MA enables you to experience different aspects of TESOL in view of your future career. As well as teaching, you may be interested in management, developing tests, materials design or research and we encourage you to explore different avenues!


The taught sessions are designed to be interactive, and you are expected to participate and engage with the varied discussions and activities involved.  Tutors will demonstrate teaching techniques and approaches in these sessions so that you experience how these can enhance learning. You may be set pre-session activities or reading and are always expected to follow up sessions with background reading and tasks provided. There is a variety of written and oral assessments for the modules, which reflect the knowledge and skills focused on.

There are various events organised in the School, including a series of ‘Research Seminars’, which you are strongly encouraged to attend. We invite external speakers to present as well as staff within the School, providing a really stimulating range of talks. We also advertise and link up to conferences, and organise online streaming of live sessions.

Students can use the Worldwise Learning Centre which provides a comfortable study environment as well as a rich range of resources for language learning and culture. Students can also learn a new language using a computer software package available in the Centre. The University library offers a huge range of resources and facilities for study, with support from a team of friendly staff. We organise a library induction tour for you, so that you can make the most of its fabulous resources.

The members of the Course team are all experienced teachers, teacher-trainers and engaged in research activities. Their interests include second language acquisition, pragmatics, testing and assessment, language learning technologies, language teacher identity and professional development.

Course Leader: Josie Leonard

Module Tutors

How to Apply

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For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

We have links with employers in TESOL, both in the UK and overseas, and there are employment and recruitment events organised by the university. We also keep you in touch with new opportunities and job advertisements both external and those linked to the University and its partnerships.


Work and volunteer opportunities are often available through the University Language Academy or partner institutions. These provide a great chance for students to develop their employability skills, and gain valuable experience in various areas of teaching and learning.

Opportunities also arise for students to become involved in research projects within the team.

We have graduates from our TESOL courses working in a variety of TESOL positions around the world. We have a well-established network of alumni from our courses with whom we can put students in contact with.

Graduates from the MA in TESOL are expected to move into various fields, including teaching, management, testing, course and materials design, training.

Suitable candidates may progress onto further postgraduate study (e.g. PhD)