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Dip (PG) in English Language Teaching

Course Description

This degree focuses on the theoretical and practical issues that impact on the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and English as a Second Language (TESL/TESOL).

The degree is aimed both at experienced language-teaching professionals worldwide and those with language-/linguistics-based degrees but little or no language-teaching experience. Options, seminar groups and teaching practice are organised to reflect students’ previous experience and interests.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience.

This course is identical to the MA of the same name except that the research methods module and the dissertation are omitted.

Autumn term: Language Analysis • Second- Language Acquisition and Research • a short foreign-language module.

Spring term: Principles and Practice in ELT. You also choose from a number of career-focused options (subject to student demand), which may include Advanced Practical Teaching*

• Discourse and Communication Analysis • ELT Management • Practical Teaching Techniques and Observation • Teaching English for Academic Purposes • Teaching Young Learners • World Englishes.

*Students with appropriate previous teaching qualifications who successfully complete this module will be deemed TEFL-qualified at UK Diploma level, as defined by the British Council Accreditation Scheme.

Some modules are taught with students from the MA in Applied Linguistics.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the Dip (PG) in English Language Teaching page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a linguistics, English language or a modern languages degree involving a significant linguistic component. Alternatively, a first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in any subject plus substantial work experience (two years full time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (eg language teacher, language support assistant, translator). Overseas entrance requirements: please visit View Website

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