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    1 year full time, 2 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    16 May 2018

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About the course

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Hertfordshire is a one year programme for graduates in English, with little or no teaching experience who want an initial preparation course in English Language Teaching at post-graduate level.

The programme gives an in-depth introduction to the teaching of English and provides a strong practical foundation for future development. A practical teaching element is a central feature of the programme; students will participate in practice teaching sessions throughout their study period. It is a twelve month full-time programme.

The two taught semesters (Semester A & B) are examined by coursework and lead to a Post-Graduate Diploma in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. These are followed by a dissertation in Semester C (June - September), successful completion of which will lead to an MA (TESOL).

The programme will cover the following areas:

  • A practical introduction to English Language teaching (including: observation of experienced ELT professionals & 4-6 hours of teaching practice)
  • In-depth analysis of the English Language (phonology, grammar, vocabulary and pragmatics of spoken and written English) to enhance knowledge of language for English language teaching
  • Study of the extent and range of uses of English
  • Theoretical insights into how languages are learned
  • Methods of English language teaching and practical teaching sessions including needs analysis, syllabus design and materials production and evaluation, incorporating use of technology and testing
  • Research methods - preparation for research and dissertation
  • Dissertation - which will involve some collection and analysis of data

Why choose this course?

Here are our Top 5 reasons to study MA TESOL at UH:

  1. You will be teaching overseas students right from the start of the course
  2. You will be learning both teaching skills and in-depth subject knowledge
  3. You will learn about research-informed practice and develop your own research skills
  4. You will have a variety of career options available to you: teach English in different countries; teach EAP/ESP at university level; help your progression to a more senior teaching position, DoS or teacher trainer; marketing; publishing; materials design; examining; PhD study and more!
  5. You will be studying at an internationally diverse university only 20 minutes from London King’s Cross

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What our students say...

"As a mother with three young children embarking on the MA TESOL was a big decision. The support I have received has been amazing. Whilst there is no denying that it entails a great deal of work, it has been both intellectually stimulating, insightful and a fantastic opportunity to meet some people that have now become lifelong friends."

"The 1-year full-time MA TESOL course was a most stirring academic experience. While it called for personal discipline and hard work, there was very strong guidance and support from a highly professional team of tutors who were unerringly friendly, approachable and available. The university has excellent facilities and the administrative staff proved very helpful at all times. I would highly recommend this course at the University of Hertfordshire."

"The MA TESOL at UH is a well-rounded course which helped me to gain invaluable practical experience and thorough academic knowledge. The course tutors are outstanding, enthusiastic and approachable, and motivated us throughout the whole year. Having finished the course, I look back on an enjoyable and enriching experience."


Graduates of the programme will be qualified for jobs teaching English at a range of levels in most countries of the world. They will be able to take on positions of responsibility at course design, and course management levels.

Teaching methods

The programme content will be covered by lectures introducing the various topics. The lectures will be supplemented with workshops, out of class reading and seminar discussions. Practical tasks and assignments supported by relevant theory and discussion will also be used. In the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages modules, demonstration lessons showing a range of English language teaching methodologies will be given. Students will also observe lessons, discuss and evaluate the teaching of peers and experienced professionals and take part in supervised lesson planning and feedback on their own planning and teaching.

Students will be required to work independently and as part of a group.

Visit the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!




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