University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This programme in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) offers students the opportunity to develop their essential teaching skills and professional knowledge. The course is designed to provide a thorough grounding in both the theory and practice of English language teaching. This postgraduate degree will provide students with the basic practical skills you need to enter a language classroom with confidence and enhance your subject knowledge of the English language. Students will develop their language teaching ability at a range of levels, in different cultural and institutional contexts. They will also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of professional issues related to English language teaching and learning. If students have a particular interest in lexis (vocabulary), they can specialise in lexical studies. This involves taking both the 'words and dictionaries' and 'corpus approaches to lexis' modules and writing the professional enquiry or dissertation on a related topic. This entitles students to an MA in 'TESOL with Lexical Studies' when they graduate.

Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 Honours degree (GPA 3.0 or above) plus evidence of commitment to teaching English as a 2nd or foreign language (e.g. through short-term employment as a language teacher, or higher education courses in applied linguistics or language education, preferably with associated teaching practice or internship); those who are not native speakers of English need to have a proficiency level equivalent to GCSE Grade C, IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575 paper/IBT90 (including a minimum of 4.0 in the TWE); Cambridge Proficiency Grade C or above; a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in each of the 4 skills is required.

Course modules

Modules include: language teaching in action: principles and practice; 2nd language teaching and learning; description of English: grammar awareness, phonology and pronunciation teaching; professional enquiry in TESOL or a dissertation.

Assessment methods

On campus teaching is seminar-based, with tutorial support. Assessment is through written assignments and some tests, presentations and project work, depending on the module. Students are encouraged to develop their transferable skills, including IT and oral presentation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,630 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH East Midlands

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