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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Teacher Education) MA

Course Description

This programme for professionals already involved in, or interested in learning about TESOL teacher education, introduces you to current thinking about what language teachers need to know and how they can be helped to learn it.

You’ll explore how people learn languages and discover the strategies language teachers use to develop the key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. You’ll build on this foundation through specialist modules, and examine the goals and processes of teacher education and how to support TESOL teachers’ learning.

You’ll also choose from a wide range of optional modules such as the use of technology in language learning, materials development and issues surrounding assessment.

Taught by leading researchers and experienced practitioners in TESOL, you’ll benefit from a wide range of resources and support. You’ll gain valuable skills to support and empower TESOL professionals in their own practice.

Research insight

The Language Education team in the School of Education is one of the largest such teams in the UK.

Our members have experience of teaching, teacher education and consultancy work in TESOL, ELT, EFL, ESOL, EAL, Modern Foreign Languages, and Applied Linguistics in many contexts in the UK and around the world, and are nationally and internationally recognised as researchers. 

Course content

You’ll deepen your understanding of TESOL in semester one. You’ll focus on how people learn languages, how to describe and explain language to learners and the approaches you can take to teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

You’ll then focus on aspects of teacher education in semester two. You will consider the goals and processes of teacher education, ideas about training, development and mentoring, the role of the teacher as a researcher, and the principles underpinning the design and implementation of training programmes for TESOL teachers.

In addition, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules on topics such as the use of technology in language learning, grammar and vocabulary teaching, and issues surrounding the assessment of language learning.

You’ll use the knowledge and skills you develop to carry out a small-scale piece of research related to your own interests within teacher education. To help you develop the necessary research skills for this module, you’ll also take the module Research Methods for TESOL, but this will not be assessed as part of the course.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Learning and Teaching in TESOL 30 credits
  • Investigating Language for TESOL 30 credits
  • Teacher Education for TESOL 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Global Learning in UK Primary Schools 30 credits
  • Directed Study in Education 1 15 credits
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning 30 credits
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary 15 credits
  • Grammar, Learning and Teaching 15 credits
  • Teaching Academic English 15 credits
  • Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom 15 credits
  • The TESOL curriculum and TESOL change 15 credits
  • Assessing Language Learning 15 credits
  • Materials Development for TESOL 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Teacher Education) MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Teacher Education) MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll generally have around eight to ten hours of classes per week including seminars, tutorials and lectures. However, independent study is an important aspect of this programme, either alone or in a group, as it allows you to develop key research, analysis and communication skills and develop your own ideas.


Most of our modules are assessed through written assignments, from which you’ll often be able to choose from a range of topics. To help you prepare, you’ll be able to submit a draft to your tutor for comment beforehand.

Career opportunities

MA TESOL Teacher Education graduates have gone on to take up positions as pre and in-service English language teacher educators within universities or local educational administrations in various parts of the world.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Visit the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Teacher Education) MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Hyeon Joo Lee

About me
I am from South Korea and I have taught English for six years in the private sector in Korea.

I have a strong belief that to develop my country’s English competence level, teachers must be provided with adequate education to teach English. Therefore, I applied to this course in order to be part of this educational process.

My passion for teaching
As an EFL learner and teacher, I really like sharing knowledge with other people and gaining more knowledge from those who are interested in learning and teaching English. I am always interested in learning new ideas and ways to think.

My experience
The area of teacher education that was the most enjoyable was ‘Teacher Education for TESOL’. It was a very practical module for understanding the field of teacher education.

Also, ‘The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning’ gave me many insights into the similarity and differences of teachers and teachers of teachers.

Furthermore, I think the opportunity to meet other teachers from many different parts of the world allowed me to see things from several new viewpoints, which was a great experience while taking the course.

The modules have been interesting and the professors were helpful. The library resources were also great and easily accessible.

As a foreign student, you need to prepare not only your English proficiencies, but also a foundational knowledge of the course. Most students have a variety of experiences and theoretical and practical knowledge of the area of teaching and learning English. Bring your knowledge and be prepared to share with others.

My future
Once I graduate, first I will go back to my country and teach students, as well as, work at helping and developing teachers to competently teach English. At the same time I will prepare myself for further studies and doing my PhD.

I am very happy to have had the great opportunity to study at Leeds with the wonderful professors here. I am really appreciative that I was able to have the chance to enhance my profession development and education at the University of Leeds.


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) plus a minimum of two years of teaching experience. We will consider applicants with alternative qualifications and experience on an individual basis. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Last Updated

08 August 2017

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