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Course summary

Our course will help you obtain professional promotion to positions in TESOL where MA qualifications are necessary or desirable. You will: develop your teaching expertise and an understanding of many approaches to teaching English as a foreign, 2nd or other language; become familiar with a wide range of literature about the field of teaching English; develop an ability to present an argument in an academic context; learn how to carry out research related to many aspects of TESOL. The course offers: A taught first stage, the Postgraduate Diploma TESOL; a second dissertation stage with an individual tutor; a chance to exchange views about TESOL with international colleagues on ‘experience’ and ‘non experience’ routes; a substantial core of modules and a variety of elective modules; if you have appropriate qualifications, the chance to obtain TEFL Q status on the teaching practice module; an excellent combination of theory and practice.


The MA/ Postgraduate Diploma has two stages: Postgraduate Diploma and MA dissertation. Compulsory core modules (20 credits): ELT Methodology and Classroom Investigation; Language Systems and Appropriate Methodology; Second Language Learning; Course Design and Assessment (10 credits); Research in TESOL; Teaching Practice or Practical Project ('experience' route); Fundamentals in English Language Teaching ('non- experience') route. Elective modules (10 credits) dependant on student demand are: Young Learners; Content and Language Integrated Learning; Cultural Issues in Language Learning and Teaching; Literature in the English Language Classroom; Drama in ELT l Language in Use; Teacher Education; Using Technology in the ELT Classroom; Materials and Task Design.

Assessment method

Assessment is based on essays, reports, portfolios, practical teaching and an oral presentation, as well as a 15,000-18,000 word dissertation (for the MA).

Entry requirements

For the ‘experience’ route you will need to have a relevant Bachelor’s degree at 2.2 or above; approximately one year’s classroom teaching experience. For the ‘non-experience’ route you will need to have a relevant Bachelor’s degree at 2.2 or above and proven language learning ability. For both routes, if your mother tongue is not English you will need to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Canterbury Christ Church University - UCAS