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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA/PGDip

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    MA, PgDip

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    04 September 2018

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The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme is offered by specialists in the field of Applied Linguistics.

Key Features of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Swansea University has one of the longest established TESOL training and education centres in the UK and is internationally known for excellence in vocabulary research. Currently staff expertise exists in corpus linguistics, computer assisted language learning and stylistics. Internationally recruited staff offer a wide range of relevant experience and contacts across countries and continents as well as different levels of kinds of education. The MA in TESOL is intended for those who have already begun to develop an informed interest or have some previous training or relevant experience in the field.

El Gazette ranked our department as top for World class research in English Language.

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences. .

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Programme Aims

The MA in TESOL is a one-year full time, campus-based programme designed to give (prospective) teachers of English as a foreign/second language a thorough understanding of current theories, trends, and cutting edge applied linguistics research relevant for language teaching.

The programme also aims to stimulate reflection on students’ own teaching practices.

TESOL students are assessed through a range of assessments, including essays, data analysis projects, group projects, and in-class exams.

Students with some experience in language teaching and/or some formal background in linguistics are likely to benefit most from the programme. 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Course Structure

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) has two parts: a taught component and either a dissertation or practical teaching of English language classes.

TESOL students following the practical route will be supported, observed and assessed teaching English. They are also required to produce a portfolio of teaching and testing materials. This route would be indicated on the final MA certificate.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Programme Highlights

The MA in TESOL features two components: a ‘taught’ component, and the independent completion of either a dissertation or a portfolio requiring materials design and teaching of English language classes.

TESOL students who pursue the dissertation option are required to take a theoretical module on research methodology in applied linguistics and receive guided supervision.

The portfolio option requires students to design teaching and assessment materials, and to teach English language classes, thus allowing students to gain real classroom teaching experience. Students who pursue the portfolio option are supported, observed, and assessed teaching English by experienced certified ELT professionals.

MA in TESOL students also have the opportunity to take the Cambridge CELTA or the TKT certificates, while or after they complete their MA (subject to successful application; fees apply).


Modules on the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme typically include:

  • Vocabulary: teaching and learning
  • Research Methods for ELT
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Discourse Analysis for ELT
  • Young Language Learners
  • Grammatical Analysis
  • Communicative Language Teaching
  • Classroom Teaching Practice

Who should Apply to the TESOL Programme?

  • Prospective students interested in teaching English as a foreign or second language.
  • Prospective students who have experience of teaching English as a second or foreign language, or who have some previous training or relevant work experience in the field.
  • Prospective students who wish to gain academic training in applied linguistics, in preparation for advanced academic degrees (e.g., MPhil, PhD) in applied linguistics or related disciplines.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Swansea can expect to pursue careers in ESL and EFL teaching, teacher training, material development, international education, publishing, and in a wide range of international settings requiring in-depth understanding of language learning, teaching, and research.

Research Expertise

The MA in TESOL is taught by professionals with expertise in a wide range of disciplines within applied linguistics, including vocabulary learning and teaching, second language acquisition, bilingualism, quantitative research methods, second language testing, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, and technology for language teaching.

TESOL staff are active members of the Language Research Centre (LRC). The LRC runs a regular talk series of seminars and lectures, which students are encouraged to attend.

The College of Arts and Humanities also has a Graduate Centre, which offers MA TESOL students additional support with academic and research skills, and professional development. The Centre also fosters individual and collaborative research activities.

Student Quote

“Studying abroad has always been one of my dreams. My friends have always told me that the period studying as a student is the most enjoyable time in life. I didn't really believe it till I started my MA course at the Swansea University. The course in Teaching English As a Foreign Language (TEFL, now TESOL) helped me to deepen my knowledge in that field. All of the lecturers I had a chance to meet were really helpful, motivating and friendly. They were professional and possessed a great knowledge of what they teach. The modules offered include theory as well as practice. The facilities provided by the University, such as computer rooms and the library were great as well and well equipped. I really regret that the time I spent in Swansea is now over. It was a great experience for me and gave me a chance to meet and make friends with many people from all over the world.”

Anna Marie Poczta, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), MA

Visit the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA/PGDip page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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