Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Our course will help you obtain professional promotion to positions in TESOL where MA qualifications are necessary or desirable. You will: develop your teaching expertise and an understanding of many approaches to teaching English as a foreign, 2nd or other language; become familiar with a wide range of literature about the field of teaching English; develop an ability to present an argument in an academic context; learn how to carry out research related to many aspects of TESOL. The course offers: A taught 1st stage, the Postgraduate Diploma TESOL; a 2nd dissertation stage with an individual tutor; a chance to exchange views about TESOL with international colleagues on �experience� and �non experience� routes; a substantial core of modules and a variety of elective modules; if you have appropriate qualifications, the chance to obtain TEFL Q status on the teaching practice module; an excellent combination of theory and practice.

Entry requirements

For the �experience� route you will need to have a relevant Bachelor�s degree at 2.2 or above; approximately 1 year�s classroom teaching experience. For the �nonexperience� route you will need to have a relevant Bachelor�s degree at 2.2 or above and proven language learning ability. For both routes, if your mother tongue is not English you will need to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Compulsory core modules: ELT methodology and classroom investigation; language systems and appropriate methodology; second language learning; course design and assessment; research in TESOL; teaching practice or practical project ('experience' route); fundamentals in English language teaching ('non experience') route elective modules. Elective modules depend on student demand: young learners; content and language integrated learning; cultural issues in language learning and teaching; literature in the English language classroom; drama in ELT; language in use; teacher education; using technology in the ELT classroom; materials and task design.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on essays, reports, portfolios, practical teaching and an oral presentation, as well as a 15,000-18,000 word dissertation (for the MA).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,605 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 10,825 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgDip Full-time - 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Canterbury Campus Canterbury CT1 1QU South East

Key information

Admissions Department (Postgraduate Admissions)
Telephone number: 
01227 782900