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Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL)

The English Language Centre's MA TESOL course offers excellent opportunities to develop careers in English language teaching for inexperienced teachers or for those starting out in the field. 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 good first degree (UK 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent).

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: Dissertation (includes Research Methods programme); Language for Teaching; Language Teaching Methods and Practice; Fundamentals in ELT. Optional Modules: Previous optional modules have included: World Englishes; English for Specific Purposes; ELT Materials Development and Evaluation; Discourse Texts and TESOL; Language Teaching Methodology; Second Language Acquisition: Perspectives for Teachers; Evaluation and Assessment; 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 optional modules. Foreign Language. MA Streams: You can choose to further focus your Masters qualification through our programme streams. To qualify, you must choose one of the below as an optional module and complete your dissertation in the same topic area. English for Specific Purposes (Q3KA07); Teaching Young Learners (Q3KB07).

Assessment methods

ELC MA courses are delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions and micro-teaching sessions, giving you a solid grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the field. In many cases, contact hours will be a mixture of these approaches (rather than, say, a session consisting solely of a two-hour lecture). The balance will depend on the particular module, with some more suited to a lecture/seminar approach, others being of a more practical nature. The focus throughout the courses is on independent learning and student engagement, with you being 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 you filling the remaining time with reading, class preparation and assignments. In addition, starting in the first term, you will attend a series of dissertation sessions (typically 2 hours per fortnight) culminating in a poster conference in term 3. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor and can expect 3 or 4 meetings during term 3 and the summer. You will each have an academic tutor, with whom they will meet on average once a term, and all staff have office hours.


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

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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