University of Leeds

Degree level: Postgraduate

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Studies (Taught)

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Course summary

MA TESOL Studies is specially designed for graduates who are interested in becoming teachers in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language (TESOL) and have little or no previous experience of English language teaching. This course offers you an excellent step towards beginning a career in TESOL. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to be a confident and reflective practitioner able to make informed pedagogic decisions in the classroom. You’ll explore the description and analysis of the English language and gain an understanding of the processes through which children and adults learn languages. A large part of the course focuses on the theory and practice of general and specialist English language teaching, and you’ll have opportunities to learn more about research and current developments in TESOL in global educational contexts. You’ll join a very friendly, dynamic and multinational language education team in the School of Education, who have a wide range of experience in language teaching and teacher education work in the UK and around the world. You’ll be taught by practitioners and researchers at the forefront of a diverse range of subjects, who have ongoing projects in areas such as second language teacher education and development, English medium instruction, learning with digital technologies, motivation in teaching and learning, and vocabulary.


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Assessment method

Your learning on modules is assessed in varied ways, including written assignments, oral presentations, posters and reflective portfolios. On some modules you may have the opportunity to choose a relevant topic of interest to be assessed on. Assessments reflect the kind of skills and knowledge you’ll need in your TESOL career and encourage you to demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving, reflection, communication skills, and practical classroom knowledge around lesson planning and execution. All your assessments will require you to read widely and use evidence from literature and your own experience to support your arguments and ideas. The assessment tasks will enable you to show a critical understanding of the current debates in TESOL and the application of theory in classroom contexts. There are guidelines for all your assessments, which provide clearly structured guidance and support. In many modules you have a choice of task and/or topic. To help you prepare, you will have support from module tutors through formative feedback tasks.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree (hons) with a 2:1 or non-UK equivalent in a subject that shows a strong grounding in English Language and/or Education, Linguistics or Foreign Languages. High grades in these subjects are essential. This course is designed for students who do not have the two years of experience needed for our MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Beyond a first degree of an appropriate standard and appropriate English language skills, we have no specific requirements. However, we do prefer applicants who can demonstrate an interest in the field of language teaching, for example having been involved in tutoring. Visit our website for full entry requirements, including the alternative qualifications we accept.

Fees and funding

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Studies at University of Leeds - UCAS