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MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Course Description

TESOL is an acronym for both the study and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. TESOL embraces many different aspects of language teaching and learning to include EAL (English as an Additional Language), ESL (English as a Second Language), EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

The MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a UK-based academic Masters degree that is designed to develop existing professional skills. The programme will engage you in the critical analysis of contemporary discussion and debate surrounding the teaching of languages in both foreign and second language contexts around the world. It is not an English language or teacher training course.

If you are passionate about teaching English to speakers of other languages and want to deepen your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in language learning and education, then this is the programme for you.


The MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will expand your understanding of contemporary theory in English language teaching as well as enhancing your professional, practical and reflective skills. The modules are designed to advance your research skills and help you strengthen the links between theoretical perspectives and effective TESOL practice.

You will be able to choose your own focus of study through the combination of compulsory and optional modules. The core modules focus on educational theories in the context of second language learning, important recent research and developments in language teaching, and the needs of the learner within the ESL classroom.

Whilst studying on the programme you may develop a particular interest in areas such as the educational management of TESOL, the key issues faced by both international students and educators of international students, or teaching English as a second/foreign/additional language to young learners or those with specific learning difficulties. You will have the opportunity to specialise in one of these areas by selecting an optional module.


The programme is delivered by experienced and well-qualified staff, the majority of whom will have worked in TESOL-related environments. Other tutors will bring TESOL-relevant experience from other education institutions. Many tutors are currently studying for, or have already gained, a PhD and possess strong research profiles, with experience presenting at many conferences nationally and internationally.


Summative assessment is based mainly on a portfolio-building approach. You will also be engaged in writing reflective accounts, projects, essays and an extended research study based on your personal professional interests. You will be given clear assessment criteria and constructive feedback for each piece of work.

Formative assessment opportunities are also embedded in each module, where you will receive individual feedback on in-session tasks and selected drafts of your work.


You will graduate ready to contribute academically and professionally to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.

The range of professional skills developed through the programme will ensure you are well placed to find employment all over the world, as a teacher, trainer, lecturer, instructor, administrator or director of study within language schools, colleges of further education, universities or organisations such as the British Council. Alternatively, you may wish to consider embarking on MPhil or doctoral research.

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

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you should have an undergraduate degree (normally a 2:2 or above, or equivalent) in a field related to Language, English or Education and a minimum of two years of relevant TESOL experience. If you have less than two years teaching experience, you will be considered if you have an outstanding academic record in a relevant field and can demonstrate insight into language learning and teaching. Overseas applicants must possess IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in the individual components.

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