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

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    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

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    25 February 2019

The MA TESOL is suitable for all with a bachelor degree who wish to pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching, or working in a related profession.

The MA TESOL will develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice. It also prepares you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning and provides a pathway to doctoral study. You will meet expert tutors in the field of English language teaching (ELT), a major branch of applied linguistics, who have international reputations in their own area of research, and who are committed to providing the best quality study experience. The course is co-taught with highly experienced colleagues in the Centre for English Language Education, one of the largest English language teaching operations in the world.

Advantages of studying the MA TESOL at the University of Nottingham

  • whole course taught in English, with the aim to widen your international horizons. 
  • teaching informed by leading-edge research in the field.
  • internationally reputable and approachable tutors who are practicing language teachers and researchers
  • solid foundation in core areas of TESOL theory and practice
  • elective modules which reflect the latest in applied linguistics and language teacher education
  • stylish, modern, hi-tech learning environment in an internationally reputable university
  • lively, multi-cultural social environment 

The programme will help you:

  • gain an advanced critical understanding of key issues, theories and practices in the field of English language teaching
  • acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of language in context
  • explore the implications of language analysis for teaching purposes
  • develop understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in classroom practice
  • engage with theories underlying current views on language learning, including the importance of individual differences amongst learners in their abilities and learning preferences
  • appreciate and view critically the connections between theory and practice in the field of English language teaching
  • foster the ability to conduct academic research.


Graduates may pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching. In China, a postgraduate qualification in TESOL is increasingly sought- after by educational institutions. The programme will also equip those interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of English language teaching and applied linguistics by preparing them to conduct research at EdD and PhD level.

Our Careers Development Service will work with you to explore your options, invite you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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  • Qualification: MA
  • Qualification name: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Duration:
  • 12 months full-time;
  • 24 months part-time.


Core Modules: 

  • Applied Linguistics for TESOL  (20 credits) 
  • Developments in Language Teaching Methodology (20 credits) 
  • The Language Learner and Language Learning(20 credits) 
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

*Core Modules are compulsory for all taking the 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time courses

Elective Modules (20 credits each) (Select three from the following)

  • TESOL Observation and Practicum (compulsory for those without real classroom teaching experience)
  • English for Academic and Specific Purposes (EAP and ESP) 
  • Research Methods for Language Teachers
  • Enhancing Language Learning with Digital Technologies
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Teaching Language and Literature
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Corpus Linguistics

*There are Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit points.

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching.

Visit the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA) page on the University of Nottingham in China website for more details!




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