University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Through 2 distinct pathways, the TESOL MA is designed to cater both for experienced teachers and those who have little or no teaching experience. It offers a flexible but structured framework to support personal and professional development, as attendees engage with academic and professional debates in the areas of second language teaching, second language acquisition, applied linguistics and learning technology. As part of the Language Teacher Development Programme, the TESOL MA has a strong international flavour. Students come from a range of countries and teaching backgrounds, which adds a rich cross-cultural perspective to both your studies and your social life. Furthermore, the course stresses the importance of international context, featuring activities and topics that help you to develop cultural awareness when evaluating teaching methods and learning materials.

Entry requirements

Degree and/or experience: Applicants should normally have an undergraduate honours degree (usually at 2.1 level or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject area, for example English language, literature, education, foreign languages and media. Applicants without an undergraduate degree will be considered on the basis of appropriate experience in relevant areas or some professional experience in fields such as teaching, teacher education, interpreting, journalism, cultural, social and educational policy, publishing and materials writing. These applicants may be required to provide written evidence (for example, an assignment from a training course or an essay set by the admissions team) of their analytical and reflective skills in writing. The MA is open both to 2nd language teachers who have teaching experience and to those who have little or no teaching experience. Depending on the amount of teaching experience, applicants will follow 1 of 2 pathways through the MA, each of which is designed to cater to the needs and interests of either experienced or inexperienced teachers. Credit towards the MA (up to 60 credits) can be given to applicants who have completed our own Diploma in TESOL (level 7), or who have completed an equivalent Diploma in TESOL (such as the DELTA or Trinity Diploma in TESOL). For non-native speakers of English:
IELTS test score of 6.5 with no individual components under 6, or equivalent, e.g. confirmed evidence of prior undergraduate / postgraduate study in the medium of English. Other: We look at references for evidence of preparedness to undertake level 7 study, in particular commitment to sustained academic work. Candidates may also be required to attend an interview. The interview will focus on the candidate's potential to benefit from and contribute to the programme of study. Candidates from overseas, or at some distance from Brighton, may choose to have a telephone or Skype interview.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

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