Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

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Course summary

Not only will successful completion of the course give you a dual qualification that will allow you to apply for positions overseas or in the UK as an English Language teacher, but you should also receive a thorough grounding in English language and linguistics, developing your critical thinking, analytical, written and spoken communication skills, which are vital in almost any career. Depending on the optional modules you choose, you can specialise in teaching English for academic purposes (EAP) or teaching young learners, at primary and secondary school level. You will also learn about ‘online’ language teaching and have opportunities to practise using a range of applications that enable this. You’ll be taught by staff with many years of experience in the field of language teaching and teacher training, who themselves have taught in Spain, Greece, Poland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey, Russia – and more – and the UK. There are opportunities throughout your study to gain authentic experience of teaching learners of English. A large component of the assessment in Year Two is centred on teaching practice with learners attending specially arranged classes at the University. Also in Year Two you will have the chance to try teaching online, and in Year Three you have the opportunity to teach EAP – English for academic purposes – to international students studying at Coventry University. You can also apply for a year’s work placement for an optional enhancement year, which has led previous students to work as English teachers with the British Council in Spain and France or at partner universities in China, for example. Key course benefits;

  • Recognized teaching qualification may be gained by the end of the second year: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or the Cambridge Assessment English accredited Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)
  • A selection of modules are available via the Add+Vantage module programme which will allow you to volunteer in schools to gain experience as a teaching assistant.
  • Current significant links with a wide variety of employers such as secondary schools, magazines, newspapers and local charities, many of whom may offer professional experience opportunities.
  • Opportunity to apply for a work placement*, which has led previous students to experiences such as English subject mentors at Cardinal Newman School and Grace Academy in Coventry, a marketing and events social media and newsletter editor at the Coventry Irish Society, an editorial intern at Grazia Magazine, a freelance journalist at Coventry News and Sport, and English teachers at partner universities in Spain and China.
  • Field trips, which in the past have included a visit to the Language Show Live in London in October – currently Europe’s biggest exhibition for language education and language service providers. Please note, Field Trips may be subject to all/a combination of the following - availability, competitive application process, additional costs and any visa requirements that may be applicable. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Course details


Your main study themes are: Teaching English as a Foreign Language Explores the principles, teaching methodologies and techniques underlying the teaching of English as a Foreign Language. You’ll observe lessons taught by experienced teachers, as well as gaining your own practical experience in delivering increasingly effective lessons in weekly teaching practice sessions. You will be taught how to critically evaluate published teaching materials and deepen your understanding of the rationale behind the language and skills practice activities that are presented in TEFL course books. Language and Linguistics The analysis of the nature and structure of English Language, its meanings, forms and contexts, including how words and sentences are formed, how we make and hear sounds, how languages change and vary, and how language is organised in the brain. Stylistics Analysing style involves looking closely and systematically at the formal features of a text and then considering how those features affect and contribute to the meaning and interpretation of the text in question. We will examine the linguistic models and analytic techniques that can be used to describe, analyse and interpret a range of literary, as well as non-literary texts. Literary Genres A study of the different genres in the study of literature, such as poetry, drama, prose fiction and film. You will develop an awareness of literary conventions, literary history and how both are related to social and cultural contexts. You’ll gain insights and opinions about different literary genres and be familiar with the analysis and interpretation of poetic, narrative and dramatic texts.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at Coventry University - UCAS