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MEd/PGDip/PGCert in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    Other, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    20 August 2019

The MEd Tesol at the University of Exeter is aimed at qualified teachers and others who work in TESOL at either primary, secondary or tertiary levels in different educational contexts around the world.

Whether you are a qualified teacher or new to the profession, we offer a route within our flexible MEd TESOL which is tailored to your needs. Built on 20 years' experience of English language teaching, our Masters programme offers two routes; one for teaching practitioners seeking to develop their professional skills and the other for those wanting to enter a career in language teaching.

The MEd TESOL has international recognition and is seen as an important professional qualification worldwide to enable TESOL teachers to enhance their career prospects. In particular, it is often seen as an important entry qualification for educators who want to work at University level. At Exeter, depending on the modules taken, completion of the MEd TESOL can help you to move into new areas within TESOL such as teacher education and training, English for special purposes, materials development and the teaching of English to young learners.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a broad term, encompassing a number of other terms related to the various contexts in which English is taught around the world. These include:

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), which refers specifically to the teaching of English in countries where it is not an official language
  • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), which refers to those contexts where English is acquired as a second language, in addition to a first language, as is the case where English is used as the language of government, for example, or education
  • TEAL (Teaching English as an Additional Language)

Hands on experience

The programme offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by undertaking visits to local language schools in Exeter.

You will also develop your understanding of theoretical issues in language teaching and the implications of these for classroom practice through insights shared by guest speakers.

Programme for all TESOL professionals

The programme will:

  • develop and extend your understanding of key aspects of linguistics and learning theory and their influence on the teaching of English to speakers of other languages
  • enable you to make informed professional decisions regarding language teaching in the workplace and justify these to others
  • enable you to select, adapt and design materials and activities for language teaching appropriate to your own teaching context
  • enable you to investigate and research aspects of TESOL in ways that will support continuing development and practice as a foreign language teaching professional

This Masters pathway gives you the opportunity to study another aspect of education by selecting up to 30 credits of optional modules from the other MA Education options.

It is also possible to obtain a postgraduate diploma in TESOL (120 credits) or a postgraduate certificate (60 credits).

Programme structure

The full-time, one year MEd TESOL in Education pathway is part of a coherent Masters programme, which gives you the opportunity to study another aspect of Education. Please visit the programme pages for information on modules available.

Learning and teaching

We believe in small group learning and teaching. Our modules have no more than 20 students and students have a lot of interaction with tutors and with groups. This includes small group discussion, seminars and workshops.

There are also practical elements to the programme. Some students have the opportunity to visit local language schools to observe classes. They also assist language teachers in their classrooms to get hands on teaching experience.

Also we visit the Foreign Language Centre at Exeter to experience academic language teaching and students also teach each other in what we call peer teaching.


Assignments vary from module to module and involve a variety of assessment methods, including written essays, oral presentations and portfolio-based assessment.

We take great care to provide you with support for your studies. All students are assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via email and face-to-face tutorials. You will also have opportunities to sign up for general academic support tutorials that run on a weekly basis. For students whose first language is not English, in-session support classes and individual tutorials are provided by INTO University of Exeter.

Visit the MEd/PGDip/PGCert in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) page on the University of Exeter website for more details!






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