University of Nottingham

Degree level: Postgraduate

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA (Distance Learning) (Taught)

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Course summary

The development of globalisation has brought with it a greater need to be able to speak proficient English. This has resulted in more career prospects for English language teachers and exciting opportunities to work across the globe. The course is ideal for those who are currently involved in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and wish to build upon their existing knowledge and experience. It has been designed to develop and encourage your critical understanding of the latest developments in TESOL theory and practice. It will enable you to reflect on your own teaching practice/context and help improve your career prospects, whilst preparing you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning. Our tutors are experts in their academic context and actively research leading concepts. Their vast knowledge influences the topics covered on the course and optional modules allow you to explore specific aspects of language education that interest you. With an advanced education degree from the University of Nottingham, you will graduate with all the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to pursue your career goals.


The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation period. There is gap in between each module and each takes approximately 19 weeks to complete. In year two, it is possible to take one 30-credit optional module from the list below and one from the MA Education (flexible) or MA Special and Inclusive Education (online). There are PGDip and PGCert exit points, and it is also available at the University's Malaysia Campus.

Assessment method

Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. or equivalent. The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50% for each taught module and for the dissertation.

Entry requirements

2:2 level (or international equivalent). Minimum of nine months' full-time classroom English language teaching experience (650 hours of part-time experience). Applicants without a first degree but with an approved, relevant professional qualification and/or substantial teaching experience will be considered on an individual basis. You will also need to submit a personal statement that demonstrates both a clear understanding of the course and relevant motivation for pursuing studies in TESOL. Plus, if possible, details of any relevant professional or work experience in an educational setting. If an applicant has a first degree that includes a focus on language teaching theory and methodology or has successfully completed a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course, the experience required will be reduced to a minimum of two months’ full-time classroom English teaching experience (145 hours of part-time experience). The teaching experience calculation should not include a teaching practicum taken as part of a course. Applicants should show how hours for part-time English teaching experience have been calculated. Applicants who have online teaching experience will need to show how their hours have been calculated, and provide written evidence from employers (to be submitted at the time of application). IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

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