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Applied Linguistics for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The English Language Centre's MA in Applied Linguistics for TESOL course offers excellent opportunities for experienced language teachers to develop careers in English language teaching. The course is designed for anyone with an interest in the wider aspects of teaching English as a foreign language, combining innovative classroom practices with an understanding of issues such as language structure and research methodology.

Entry requirements

MA: A 1st degree (a UK 2.1 or equivalent) plus at least 2 years English language teaching experience.

Course modules

The course offers a core of syllabus design and assessment, with greater depth provided through further required modules focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of the English language and on classroom practice. You will then have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base by taking three or four further optional modules covering a wide range of relevant areas. The MA is completed by a 15,000-word dissertation. Core Modules: Language Teaching Methodology; Second Language Development: Perspectives for Teaching; Dissertation: Includes Research Methods programme; Language for Teaching; Advanced Teaching Practice: The Reflective Practitioner. Optional Modules: Previous optional modules have included: Evaluation and Assessment; Teaching English for Academic Purposes; Teacher Training, Development and Education; World Englishes; English for Specific Purposes; ELT Materials Development and Evaluation; Discourse, Texts and TESOL; English Language Teaching Management; Teaching Young Learners; Pragmatics and the Language Classroom. You can also choose to study an optional module offered to students across the University as one of your four options: Foreign Language. MA Streams: You can choose to further focus your Masters qualification through our programme streams. To qualify, you must choose the optional module and complete your dissertation in the same topic area.

Assessment methods

The focus throughout the courses is on independent learning and student engagement, with students expected to participate in presentations, micro-teaching and the like. The average weekly number of contact hours over the first two terms is 12, with students filling the remaining time with reading, class preparation and assignments. In addition, starting in the first term, students attend a series of dissertation sessions (typically 2 hours per fortnight) culminating in a poster conference in term 3. Students are assigned a dissertation supervisor, and can expect 3 or 4 meetings during term 3 and the summer.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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