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

TESOL with Applied Linguistics will enable you to develop the solid foundation of knowledge and the practical skills you need to teach English to non-native speakers of the language. This postgraduate degree course will equip you with a thorough grounding in teaching methodology, classroom management, an in-depth knowledge of lexis, grammar and phonology, and the way in which language is learned. It will also help you to develop the analytical and reflective skills you need to continue to develop as a professional.

English is the world’s foremost language, and literally millions are learning it. Teaching English is a truly rewarding and fulfilling career, and one which will enable you to travel widely and come into contact with other cultures. There is an increasing demand for well-qualified TESOL professionals around the world.


At UCLan we can offer you the opportunity to work in relatively small groups so you can really get to know each other and your tutors and they equally can get to know you and help you reach your full potential. Student groups comprise both British and International students which allows you to gain further knowledge and experience from your peers.

A student-centred approach is emphasised in the teaching and learning process. All classes involve interactive teaching and workshops with no traditional lectures. You will be expected to prepare thoroughly for all classes and review them afterwards, as well as undertaking extensive follow-up reading. Students are also expected to take advantage of the university’s facilities in their self-study time around classes and on the two days on which no face to face classes take place.

All students can benefit from the language learning resources of the Worldwise Centre to learn a new language or find out about other countries as well as using the study space.

They also benefit from a well-resourced library with a reputation for great digital resources.

The course aims to highlight the main principles and theories underpinning TESOL practice which students can link to their previous teaching experience. It is taught by people who are academic researchers, practitioners and teacher-trainers in their own right. We have a range of experience in a variety of teaching contexts around the world.

Students are expected to attend the regular research seminars held in the school, the experience of which will feed into their Research Methods module, which prepares them for writing the dissertation in semester 3. Other opportunities to engage with TESOL conference activities are available (e.g. NATESOL events and IATEFL on-line).

We regularly also host internationally-renowned guest speakers for talks and conferences on campus. See the video of Professor Rod Ellis below for an example. 

We have great links with employers within the world of ELT and regularly advertise jobs and job fairs. Employers also visit the campus on a regular basis.


We currently have graduates working in ELT positions in a variety of countries, including the UK, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. We have a well-established network of alumni and are able to put students in contact with graduates around the world. Regular work opportunities arise within UCLan’s Language Academy or at partner institutions.

Graduates from this MA have gone on to a wide range of posts around the world. They typically move into training, managerial and leadership roles in TEFL.

Strong students also have the option to continue onto a PhD or into research posts, here or at other universities.

Visit the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Applied Linguistics - MA page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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