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

Course Description

The MA TESOL is a specialist degree for aspiring professionals who wish to enhance their career prospects in the field of teaching of English as a second, foreign or additional language.

It will provide you with the tools and resources you need in order to develop your teaching skills, reflect upon your professional practice and conduct your own research.

Our programme team all have doctorates in TESOL related areas and extensive international experience.

We place particular emphasis on helping you to develop appropriate methods and materials to suit your social and cultural context.

Upon graduating you will be able to:

- Demonstrate knowledge of the latest practice, theory and policy of international language education.

- Apply your knowledge to the teaching of English in a variety of contexts around the globe.

- Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in the English language teaching profession.

- Critically analyse the role of English as the world’s major international language.

- Use research to inform your daily practice and decision making as a language educator.

- Contribute professionally and academically to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.

Programme features

- A highly competitive programme that integrates the latest developments in TESOL research and practice.
- Suitable for pre- and post-experience participants.
- Opportunity to share experience with educators from a range of backgrounds and to establish an international network of professional contacts.
- Specialised academic writing and study skills courses for MA TESOL students.
- Credits equivalent to two MA units offered to students who already hold either a Cambridge ESOL Delta or a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL (DipTESOL).

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/ma-in-teac-engl-to-spea-of-othe-lang-ma-in-teso/

Programme structure

Study commences in September, and lasts for one year.

Semester one:
- Research Methods for Second Language Education 1
- Second Language Acquisition
- Language Awareness

Semester two:
- Research Methods for Second Language Education 2
- Language Teaching Methodology and Curriculum
- Teaching and Assessing English as an International Language

You will also complete a 15,000-word Dissertation for the MA TESOL (you can choose your dissertation topic of research in semester two).

View Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ed/ed-proglist-pg.html#G) for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.

Methods of assessment

Assessment will be by written assignments. These will include language analysis, learner needs analysis, textbook and test design, and case studies of language learners in institutional settings.

- Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
If you have studied, but not completed or received an award, for postgraduate units from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

If you already hold either a Cambridge ESOL Delta or a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL (DipTESOL) you can receive credits equivalent to two units of study of the MA TESOL programme. This credit must have been obtained within the previous five years.


Upon graduating, you will be able to contribute academically and professionally to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.

You will be able to apply your knowledge of the latest theory, policy, and practice of international English language education to a variety of global professions, such as:

- English language teacher / lecturer / instructor
- Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes
- Director of Studies / Assistant Director of Studies of a language school or department
- Language teacher trainer
- Trainer in intercultural communication and business communication skills

About the department

The Department of Education is a thriving academic community focused on furthering our understanding of policy, culture, pedagogy and diversity within a global educational context. We hold a strong national and international reputation for our research.

We have an excellent network with a wide range of educational institutions including, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and government departments, within the UK and also internationally.

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

David Evans

“I have been teaching for eight years and wanted to study MA TESOL to expand my knowledge of the industry and learn new things about teaching English. I think the programme is useful for a pre-service teacher, a teacher who has just started teaching or an experienced teacher. The programme covers many different aspects of TESOL and the variety of different units make the programme very interesting. The teaching staff are very experienced, in many different areas, and this really enriches the programme.

I think the MA will help me in the future because it is a widely recognised qualification which can help with future employment. You can tell employers that you have completed an intensive, informative and practical masters degree. I would also like to study a PhD or an EdD in the future, and the MA TESOL is a step towards entering one of these research degrees.”

David Evans
MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

(Student Profile)

Ting Ting Chen

2798.jpg “Before starting the MA TESOL programme I worked in the local government in China. I decided to further my studies because I am enthusiastic about education and want to become an educator in the future. The MA TESOL is a good starting point for me because it introduces the latest practice and theory of international language education.

The MA TESOL has raised my awareness of critical thinking. Tutors introduce different theories from different perspectives whilst delivering lectures, inviting and encouraging us to think independently and critically.

This programme has not only confirmed my ambition of becoming an educator, but also educated me to be a better person with high moral values. I would strongly recommend the MA TESOL programme at the University of Bath to those who want to improve their personal and professional development in language education.”

Ting Ting Chen
MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2014

(Student Profile)

Noel Kwan

3903.jpg I choose the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) programme because of its flexibility and my interest in the variety of units offered. The units allowed me to gain better insight towards different education systems, and a deeper understanding towards language teaching methodologies and current perceptions on language teaching.

I really appreciated how academics have embraced and supported our ideas and opinions throughout the programme, allowing us to develop our own views and perspectives of language teaching. Moreover, the in-class discussions were very useful and interesting hearing different opinions from people of different backgrounds. My time here at Bath has made me certain that English language teaching is the career I will pursue.

If you’re looking for a programme that allows you to develop your own perspective on language teaching then the MA TESOL is perfect for you.

The timely support and advice you are given here will help you develop both individually and professionally.

(Student Profile)

Ba Linh Tran

3904.jpg Why did you choose to study at the University of Bath?
Upon graduation, I wanted to further my studies straight away since I was still in the academic stride. So I went to an exhibition organised by ISC-UKEAS and then applied through them to three UK universities. I had offers from all, but I finally decided on Bath for several reasons. I looked at league tables, university websites and course details. I found Bath’s programme design most attractive. The clarity of Bath’s website also meant I could easily search for information, which was important for a first-timer like myself. I also prefer small and warm cities, so Bath topped my list.

Why MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)?
Back in high school I decided to pursue a career in education, specifically in English teaching. So I went for teacher training as an undergraduate. And I like working with people and speaking in front of an audience, giving them something to help them develop themselves. It is a noble goal.

What do you enjoy most about studying and living here?
In terms of studying, definitely the thing I have enjoyed most is the tutors. They are very co-operative, friendly, extremely competent and knowledgeable. I love working with them. There are also good library facilities – you can find articles online easily. Talking about living, it might sound silly, but one thing I love is the supermarkets. They are spacious, reasonably priced and have a wide variety of goods. Also, I live in Combe Down, just outside the city, and there is a valley to the south where I walked in the winter. It took three hours and it was an unforgettable experience because everything was so beautiful. I don’t have that kind of opportunity to walk and see a countryside landscape like that at home.

(Student Profile)

Deborah Post

3905.jpg The course was exactly what I had been looking for. I wanted to move on from being a classroom teacher and thought an MA would give me more credibility and choices. I felt really well supported throughout the course and knew I could approach any of the lecturers. The MA TESOL seemed to have a more personal and student-centred approach.

The facilities in the University are excellent. World class sports facilities and lots of places to have coffee! Living in Bath felt like I was permanently on the film set of a period drama. It’s a good size, particularly for people who don’t like big cities, and within striking distance of the countryside.

Would I recommend the University? Yes absolutely. In fact, I now work on a University Foundation Programme and am able to share my experiences of Bath with my students. One of my students received an offer from Bath and intends to study there next year.


PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

We are also offering 30 bursaries of £6,000 as part of the University of Bath Postgraduate Taught Bursary Scheme. We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications.In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These are available to home students on full-time or part-time taught masters programmes.- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 words.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree (first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study. IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each component);PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component;

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