Coventry University

English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Coventry University Degree level: Undergraduate


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TEF Gold

Coventry University has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.

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Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) gives you the opportunity to travel the world.

A degree in English Language and TEFL can take you into a wide array of different contexts, from teaching air-traffic controllers in Madrid, to advertising executives in Rio de Janeiro, or university students in China.There are opportunities for working with charities and NGOs in the developing parts of the world, and there are also opportunities in the UK, as more and more people come from around the world to study, work and live here. Successful completion of this course enables you to qualify as an instructor of English while studying for a degree in English Language. As a trained specialist, you could travel the globe and experience new cultures, while helping people to learn the English language and skills for effective communication.

Coventry is an authorised Cambridge University English Language Assessment Centre, which enables the opportunity to gain the professional and internationally recognised Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), in addition to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) degree accreditation.

Year One

During the first year, we examine the theories of learning and second language acquisition (SLA). We focus on learners and their contexts; the reasons people have for learning English and the needs and expectations they bring to the classroom. We’ll consider the roles of teachers, leading into the study of classroom management and standard teaching techniques.

You will analyse how the learning of the language systems of grammar, lexis and phonology is integrated into the development of learners’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of language and linguistics, along with other English students. This should give you insights into how language works and how people use language when speaking and writing across a wide range of contexts, so that the messages they want to get across have the intended impact.

Year Two

In your second year, you’ll continue to develop your teaching skills through weekly practice sessions teaching learners of English who attend specially arranged classes at the University. You’ll be taught about adapting published teaching materials to better suit the needs of the learners you are teaching, as well as designing your own materials starting from written and spoken texts available through a range of media.

You’ll have the chance to deepen your knowledge of learning strategies by studying, analysing and reporting on the way people use the English language in real-life situations. For example, one of your TEFL assignments in Year Two is a case study of an individual learner of English. You’ll collect samples of speech and writing and analyse their strengths and weaknesses in order to create a study plan to help your learner continue developing proficiency in English.

Optional Placement Year

After your second year, you can choose to insert a sandwich year into your degree. This can take the form of a work placement, either abroad or in the UK, or a study placement abroad. Past students have worked as English teachers at partner universities in China and Spain, at a language school in northern Peru, and even for ING Banking Group here in the UK.

Final Year

In the third year, your studies culminate in a dissertation or professional portfolio through which you pursue and research an idea or issue that fires up your own interests. Past students have chosen exciting topics like the use of WhatsApp (and other apps) for teaching English or the influence of teacher motivation on the learners’ motivation.

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Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBC Applicants without A2 English require GCSE English Language or Literature at grade 6 / B.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma the Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade 6 /B.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language.

Coventry University recognise the new grade 4 as equivalent to grade C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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