University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This Masters course can open up new opportunities for you around the world. English is the world�s 3rd most widely spoken language, after Mandarin and Spanish, and a professional English teaching qualification is a passport to work in almost every country in the world. Unlike some other Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, this course at the University of Sunderland not only covers theoretical aspects but also includes a practical teaching module. As part of this, attendees will learn how to prepare lesson plans and to teach your peers in Sunderland. Our TESOL MA will give an in-depth understanding of how English is taught to speakers of other languages internationally.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a 2nd class Honours degree (usually a 2.1) or equivalent. It is expected that applicants also have excellent English language skills. Applicants whose 1st language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in any element.

Course modules

Core modules: Principles and practice of English language teaching; linguistics for TESOL. There are also optional modules with a strong practical element: Corpus linguistics and language teaching. For the Masters dissertation, applicants will negotiate a proposal for a research project with our tutors. This ensures that the topic is relevant to professional development and career aspirations.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assignments, one teaching observation and 1 teaching practice session, oral and written presentations and the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,180 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 225 per Credit module (home fees) 3 years
MA Distance learning £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 18 months
MA Distance learning £ 6,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance learning
Sir Tom Cowie Campus Sunderland SR6 0DD North East

Key information

The Recruitment Team
Telephone number: 
0191 5153845