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

Course Description

This programme will enhance the employment prospects of graduates who hope to become ESOL practitioners but who have no paid teaching experience of English language teaching. Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service MA gives students a good theoretical understanding of the current thinking on language teaching and learning, as well as the ability to establish the needs of individual learners within a group.

Degree information

This programme will give students a critical awareness of language and discourse systems required for teaching as well as current theories of language acquisition and of factors affecting this acquisition. Students will also explore the methods and approaches currently used in English language teaching, the place of English and English language teaching in the wider world and the concept of multilingualism. There will also be an opportunity to carry out a piece of advanced research in an educational context.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Core modules
-Teaching English: Theories and Approaches
-The English Language Learner

Optional modules
-Research Methods
-English Language Teaching Classroom Practice
-Working with Bilingual/Multilingual Learners in International Schools

All students submit a 10,000-word written report which is undertaken over two terms.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered as a campus-based programme. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words per module and a report of 10,000 words.


This is a new programme - the first cohort graduated in 2015 - and graduates will be suitable for work across a broad range of areas. Some may work as English language teachers from the early years to higher education (in conjunction with a teaching qualification of the country in question), while others will have jobs as textbook and materials writers, editors and publishers. Graduates will also be found working as education journalists, NGO/development officers, education consultants, policy advisers and researchers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Culture, Communication & Media is a multidisciplinary department at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) bringing together a diverse community of researchers with expertise in the social sciences who have a common interest in exploring learning in all its guises: formal, non-formal and informal.

The department has extensive expertise and experience in research, knowledge transfer and consultancy in the UK, Europe and Asia, working closely with transnational bodies, such as, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, government departments, as well as with regional organisations, employer organisations, national institutes, and international organisations.

The IOE's Higher and Lifelong Education programmes provide high-level academic and professional education for those working in management, human resource development, teaching, training and policy positions in any aspect of lifelong learning. They are taught by leading academics with extensive experience in research, policy and practice.

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

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a related area in the field of English or linguistics.

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