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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Become part of an international community dedicated to excellent teaching and research in English language and linguistics

Are you interested in teaching English as a foreign or second language? English is taught in a wide variety of contexts around the world. This programme is designed to give you an excellent grounding in the knowledge and skills you need in this rewarding career and is valued by employers.

This programme is unique in providing a sound base for a career in the field of TESOL: teaching, testing, materials development and design, or administration. The participation of students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds provides a rich learning environment. The programme has strong links with the local TESOL community, which offers opportunities for teaching placement. You get to observe teaching in a variety of contexts.

Year-by-year summary

First year

You are introduced to various aspects of language, from pronunciation and grammar to the relationship between language and society. You investigate different approaches and methods in language teaching and the theories that inform them.

Second year

You develop teaching skills in practice classes, and learn to plan effective language lessons and to evaluate and use materials effectively. You will investigate the relationship between theory and practice through observation of teaching in local schools. Core modules provide the tools that will enable you to develop and assess the effectiveness of language learning programmes. Optional modules, such as Bilingual Language Use and Language in the Media, provide opportunities to develop your knowledge of language, and your skills in analysis.

Third year

You focus on theories of language learning and how individual differences affect learning and study syllabus design, assessment and evaluation. Optional modules allow development of individual areas of interest, such as Second Language Acquisition, English for Specific Purposes and Language Issues in Multilingual Settings.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Micro teaching
  • Individual study
  • Observation of demonstration lessons and English classes 'live' and on video

There is strong personal tutorial support and students report that they enjoy the opportunity to learn with students from a range of different countries, as well as the UK.

Assessment methods

There are exams, but assessment is mainly through coursework:

  • essays
  • portfolios of work
  • group and individual presentations
  • language analysis tasks
  • teaching practice
  • assessment of learner language
  • materials evaluation
  • classroom observation records case studies.

Example modules

  • Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching
  • Intercultural Communication
  • The Language Learner
  • Second Language Acquisition

Career options

You can move on to a career in testing, materials design, ELT administration, or teaching. The work in the third year can contribute to the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. However, you may wish to teach at primary or secondary level, either in the UK or overseas.

UCAS code





Single honours

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Media, Culture and Language »


3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time) years

Tuition fees

£8,750 (2014; UK/EU) »

£11,500 (2014; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »

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Further information

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