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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) by Web-based Distance Learning MA

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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    2 years part-time plus dissertation

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019

Course content


Designed to develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice, this online course will motivate you to reflect on your own teaching.

This course is taught entirely online and is suitable if you are a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, keen to build on your existing knowledge and experience, seeking to improve your career prospects or interested in researching your own teaching practices/context.

The course will develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice and motivate you to reflect your own teaching. It also prepares you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning and provides a pathway to doctoral study.

You will work with expert tutors in the field of English language teaching, who have many years experience teaching at this level and who are committed to providing you with the best quality study experience.

If you would prefer to study at Nottingham, we also offer a face-to-face version which can be studied full or part-time.

Key facts

Course details

Detailed entry requirements

If an applicant has a first degree that includes a focus on language teaching theory and methodology or has successfully completed a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course, the experience required will be reduced to a minimum of two months’ full-time classroom English teaching experience (145 hours of part-time experience).

The teaching experience calculation should not include a teaching practicum taken as part of a course. Applicants should show how hours for part-time English teaching experience have been calculated. Applicants who have online teaching experience will need to show how their hours have been calculated, and provide written evidence from employers (to be submitted at the time of application).


The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation. There is gap in between each module and each takes approximately 19 weeks to complete.

There are PGDip and PGCert exit points, and it is also available at the University's Malaysia Campus, or via face-to-face study.


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment. All assessed work is submitted online.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Online course materials and support

Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience and allow you to study at your own pace. You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and each module will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis and discussion boards.

For each module, you will have an academic tutor who will be active online. They contribute to discussions as well as supporting you through the assessment process. There is an online masters-level toolkit to support all aspects of academic study, a dissertation preparation module available to you from the beginning of the course, and one-to-one dissertation support from your supervisor, usually via Skype.



  • Language Teaching: Methodology and Curriculum (September starters begin with this module)
  • Understanding Language Learning and the Language Learner (February starters begin with this module)

Year two

Two from:

  • Assessment in Language Education
  • Managing Language Teaching and Developing Teachers
  • Materials and Technology in Language Education
  • Teaching English for Academic Purposes: Context, Language and Pedagogy
  • Teaching Languages to Younger Learners

In year two, it is possible to take one 30-credit optional module from the list above and one from the MA Education (flexible) or MA Special and Inclusive Education (online).

Suitable modules include:

  • Learning Through an Additional Language (EAL/CLIL)
  • Changing Classrooms: Policy, Research and Practice
  • Relationship and Behaviour

Alternatively, you may which to choose one 30-credit module from the MA Education taken intensively at summer school.

Dissertation module

In year three you will write your dissertation.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Visit the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) by Web-based Distance Learning MA page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!




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