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Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) (Distance Learning) MA

Online University of Portsmouth School of Languages and Applied Linguistics

Part time September, January MA 1 year full-time distance learning, 2 years part-time distance learning, 3 years part-time distance learning

About the course


If you teach English to speakers of other languages and want to continue your personal and professional development, enhance your abilities and become an expert in your field, postgraduate study is your next step.

On this MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL degree course, you’ll take your qualifications to Master’s level – whether you choose to study full-time, part-time, or part-time via distance learning – and develop your expertise in fields that interest you the most.

You'll enhance your teaching skills too, so when you graduate, you'll be ready to take the next ambitious strides in your career.

What you'll experience

On this course, you’ll:

  • Develop the skills needed to teach English around the world, to speakers of other languages
  • Expand your knowledge of the theories and

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience. If you do not have relevant teaching experience, you can still apply for our campus programme, and you will study an additional non-credit bearing module The Classroom Practice of TESOL at no additional cost.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

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Student Profile(s)

Sue Hodgson

190.jpg Sue Hodgson, studied for two years part time to complete her MA in Linguistics and TEFL. She now teaches English at Language Specialists International in Portsmouth.
Completing my MA was the best thing I ever did. I had already taught English as a foreign language in France, Singapore and the UK but studying Linguistics and completing my Master’s made me a much better and more confident teacher.
Before doing my MA I was sometimes frustrated that not having a Master’s meant some jobs were out of my reach, now the job opportunities are much wider and since completing it I have also taught in Senegal and Egypt at respected schools.
My dissertation was on telephone language and I have been able to use my research to create materials in teaching that more accurately reflect the way we speak rather than relying on textbooks, which are often stilted and overly formal.
When I was 16 I had only ever thought of being a hairdresser. I honestly didn’t think I would ever belong in higher education. But studying teaches you to think and I loved every minute of it. I had to be incredibly organised and work hard; as I was working at the same time, you aren’t spoon-fed but you are pointed in the right direction.
Before doing my MA I could see that there was huge potential for misunderstanding between people because of the ways different cultures use the same language, I understand much more now and would like to further research the idea, maybe write a book or maybe even do a PhD on the subject.
Doing my Master’s changed my life.

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