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

Course Description

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.(http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/)

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

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

(Student Profile)

Marouso Soufi

I believe that having a postgraduate qualification in TESOL will greatly expand my career options and offer me new opportunities abroad, including teaching at a university in an EFL context or branching out into teacher education and training.

What I particularly enjoy about my area of study is that I can enrich my academic knowledge in language theory and pedagogy and link it to my teaching context. Studying at the University of Exeter has given me the opportunity to meet and interact with colleagues from different parts of the world and broaden my professional horizons.

The University of Exeter is the only institution in the UK that offers a summer intensive programme with face-to-face tuition for teaching professionals. It is ideal for teachers with professional commitments, who do not have the luxury to leave everything behind and embark on a full-time postgraduate course. Even though the summer intensive programme provides the flexibility needed for the busy schedule of a working adult, it requires hard work and does not sacrifice quality.

I would certainly recommend this programme to colleagues who are interested in enhancing their career prospects by acquiring a postgraduate qualification in TESOL through an institution as reputable as the University of Exeter.

(Student Profile)

Io Fei Lai

I chose to study this programme because I would like to obtain a professional and practical degree in the field of English language teaching. Having taught English for four years and acquired the basic techniques of teaching, I felt the need to pursue professional development in theories and principles, so that I can reflect my practice and make better planning and decisions in my teaching context.

The lecturers, who have teaching experiences all over the world, provide not only introductions to the theories and principles of the subject but also insights into teaching in different cultures and contexts. This sharing of teaching experiences is further enhanced by having a group of teachers from a variety of backgrounds studying the same programme. It is this sharing and discussion of teaching practices which makes this summer intensive programme special and enjoyable.

The University of Exeter has a great reputation for its research quality and student satisfaction. In fact, the summer programme allows me to pursue a professional degree without quitting my job. Moreover, due to studying and teaching at the same time, I can reflect on my teaching practices and improve my teaching through principled decisions, which can hardly be accomplished in a normal full-time programme.


Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please see our website for full details. View Website

Last Updated

11 October 2016

Course Fees

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