Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Assessment and Evaluation at University of St Andrews - UCAS

University of St Andrews

Degree level: Postgraduate

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Assessment and Evaluation (Taught)

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Course summary

The TESOL with a Specialism in Assessment and Evaluation course is aimed at teachers with a particular interest in assessment and evaluation. Assessment is increasingly becoming part of English language teaching (ELT) pedagogy:

  • mastery and active learning approaches use assessment tasks as learning tasks
  • low-stakes testing is structuring engagement in online learning
  • increasingly, credential-oriented societies require teachers to make creative use of testing to support learning.
A specialism in assessment and evaluation will support you to understand the development of the current testing culture in ELT, including reflecting on where teachers can work with or need to resist current developments. There is also a highly practical value to the specialism: assessment is often done poorly, in a hurry, and with little awareness of consequences. Being able to develop tests, create supporting materials, and train examiners are therefore prized skills for ELT practitioners. As part of this course, you will be able to experience and evaluate different types of assessment through the weekly coursework tasks. Careers A specialism in assessment and evaluation opens up possibilities to work in a wide variety of academic settings, either writing assessment material or training those who write and deliver assessment and evaluation.


The MSc requires you to take eight modules and complete a 15,000-word dissertation. The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. Those on the MSc and PGDip will take five compulsory modules plus three optional modules. If you decide to take TESOL with a specialism, you must take one of your optional modules in that specialism. Further information is available via the "Course contact details" section at the bottom of this webpage.

Assessment method

In these modules, you will integrate theory and practice by discussing and critiquing theoretical concepts and frameworks, and then applying them through a range of practical assessments. Assessments include:

  • a variety of different types of written assignments
  • presentations
- development of teaching plans

Entry requirements

Typically, you should have one of the following: - A 2.1 Honours degree or 3.3/4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) is in any discipline. Applications are welcomed from all education systems. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements. - Significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning (such as professional qualifications or certifications). If you require further information about our academic entrance requirements in relation to the education system you studied in, please contact [email protected]. **Recognition of prior learning** Some students may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) based on their previous studies, such as DELTA. The International Education Institute considers applications for RPL on a case-by-case basis in line with the University's recognition of prior learning policy. To confirm the exact amount of credit you could be awarded, please forward your relevant transcript to [email protected].

English language requirements

For the current English Language requirements please visit the English language requirements for postgraduate students on the University of St Andrews website.

English language requirements for postgraduate students


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For the most current information on course fees please visit https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/taught/.

Sponsorship information

Recent Graduate Discount: The University of St Andrews offers a 10 percent reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme. Further details on awards are available from our Fees and Funding webpages: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/taught/

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Assessment and Evaluation at University of St Andrews - UCAS