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

Course Description

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Hertfordshire is a one year programme for graduates in English, with little or no teaching experience who want an initial preparation course in English Language Teaching at post-graduate level.

The programme gives an in-depth introduction to the teaching of English and provides a strong practical foundation for future development. A practical teaching element is a central feature of the programme; students will participate in practice teaching sessions throughout their study period. It is a twelve month full-time programme.

The two taught semesters (Semester A & B) are examined by coursework and lead to a Post-Graduate Diploma in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. These are followed by a dissertation in Semester C (June - September), successful completion of which will lead to an MA (TESOL).

The programme will cover the following areas:
-A practical introduction to the teaching of English
-A teaching and learning-focused study of the English Language, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, texts, and genre
-Study of the extent and range of uses of English
-Theoretical insights into how languages are learned
-Methods of English language teaching and practical teaching sessions including needs analysis, syllabus design and materials production and evaluation, incorporating use of technology and testing
-Research methods - preparation for research and dissertation
-Dissertation - which will involve some collection and analysis of data

Why choose this course?

An intensive introduction to teaching English to adults, including innovative classroom modules and featuring teaching practice to overseas students right from the start. Contact Gwyneth James for further details about this course.


Graduates of the programme will be qualified for jobs teaching English at a range of levels in most countries of the world. They will be able to take on positions of responsibility at course design, and course management levels.

Teaching methods

The programme content will be covered by lectures introducing the various topics. The lectures will be supplemented with workshops, out of class reading and seminar discussions. Practical tasks and assignments supported by relevant theory and discussion will also be used. In the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages modules, demonstration lessons showing a range of English language teaching methodologies will be given. Students will also observe lessons, discuss and evaluate the teaching of peers and experienced professionals and take part in supervised lesson planning and feedback on their own planning and teaching.
Students will be required to work independently and as part of a group.

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

Entry Requirements

The equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a field related to Language, English or Education. Applicants with degrees in other subjects may be considered, but candidates may be required to complete selection activities which may include: Submission of a short written discussion of a topic related to English Language.Participation in an interview (via Skype).

Last Updated

25 January 2017

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