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TESOL and Materials Development (MA)

Course Description

Prepare for, or further, your career in English language teaching. Learn the key concepts and theories in second language acquisition, and use them to create and test your own teaching materials.


Our course will help you to become a leader in language teaching, curriculum design and materials writing. You’ll gain a solid foundation in many aspects of applied linguistics, and teaching skills that will meet the needs of language learners from different ethnic, educational and socio-economic backgrounds.

Through lectures and seminars, you’ll be introduced to the key concepts and theories of language teaching, materials development and second language acquisition. You’ll use this knowledge to create original materials for different purposes, teaching contexts and modes of delivery, like literary, audio and visual media.

Thanks to our links with local organisations, you’ll meet experts from educational institutions and publishing houses, such as Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press, who’ll be happy to talk to you about teaching methods and materials.

Throughout the course, you’ll also reflect critically on all aspects of your developing professional practice and discuss them with other students and our experienced team of lecturers.

Teaching times: Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8pm (full-time); Thursdays from 6-8pm (part-time).

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/tesol-and-materials-development


This course will prepare you to start, or further, your career in many professions in the UK or internationally, including teaching English as a foreign/second language, materials writing, language consultancy, language curriculum design, language testing, teacher training and EFL/ESL publishing.

You’ll have the knowledge and skills to supply global publishers with high-quality materials for local English as a Foreign Language (EFL) markets, such as China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Nigeria and Mexico. You’ll also be able to produce e-learning materials for the worldwide education and training industry.

Core modules

Materials and Course Design
Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials
Classroom Theory and Practice
The Process of Materials Writing
Major Project


You’ll show your progress through a combination of essays, presentations, observation reports, projects and portfolios. For the Major Project at the end of the course, you’ll produce a critical review of relevant literature, a collection of original teaching materials and a reflection on your professional practice/development.


You’ll be able to attend the regular guest lectures held by our Research Unit for Intercultural and Transcultural Studies (RUITS), which explore issues around language and multiculturalism. We also host research seminars and conferences, like the Identity in Language conference in 2014 and the 2016 BAAL conference, which you can attend or contribute to.

Visit the TESOL and Materials Development (MA) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Anglia Ruskin's MA in TESOL and Materials Development is aimed primarily at home and international teachers, teacher trainers, (applied) linguists with teaching experience, English language teaching (ELT) consultants and materials writers who hold: 1) A good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in Languages, Linguistics, English or Education, plus 300 hours' experience in language teaching or 2) A good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in other subjects with CELTA/DELTA (or equivalent) certificates, plus 500 hours' experience in language teaching.

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