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Course content

  • Versatile programme from the Institute of Education, recognised internationally as a world-class provider of teacher education 
  • Suitable for teachers who have experience of, or interest in, the teaching of English as a Second/ Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) 
  • Deepen your knowledge and understanding of broad education-related topics and debates alongside developing knowledge of theory and practice of teaching ESL/EFL 
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in second language acquisition, teaching methodology, broader educational studies and academic skills 
  • Tailor your studies through a wide range of modules.

This master’s programme is designed for candidates who wish to develop their knowledge of the theory and practice of teaching ESL/EFL alongside deepening their knowledge and understanding of broader education-related topics and debates. Those who wish to develop relevant knowledge and skills in TESOL and related linguistic areas should apply to MA TESOL.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Second language teaching and learning
  • English language: study skills and research methodology
  • Values and practices in education
  • Investigating education
  • Improving teaching and learning

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


Visit the Education (English Language Teaching) MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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