University of York

University of York

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Our MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a 12-month full-time taught MA programme designed for students who plan to teach English as a second/foreign language in the UK or internationally or to do research on the teaching, learning or assessment of English as a second/foreign language. The programme is designed primarily for people with little or no prior experience of English language teaching, but who have a relevant first degree (English Language/ Linguistics or Education with a substantial English component) and who intend to be an English teacher or researcher. The MA TESOL is an academic programme of study and not a teacher training course. Therefore, it provides a foundation in Applied Linguistics, Approaches to English Teaching and Research Methods on which later training in practical teaching can build. Theories of language acquisition and language teaching are explored, with the emphasis on how such theories may be practically applied.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements are UK 2.1 or above; USA grade point average 3.2 or above; PR China average degree score 80 or above.

Course modules

Module includes: English linguistics; research methods in language learning and teaching; TESOL methods; planning and communicating research; dissertation. Plus option of one module in term 1: Bilingualism; Citizenship Education; Cross-linguistic influences in second language acquisition; Discourse analysis & language teaching; Education and social justice; Evaluating ESOL classroom practice; Intercultural communication in education; Learning and Teaching Second Language Reading; Motivation in education; Teaching and assessing speaking skills; Teaching and assessing writing skills; Teaching and learning in schools; Teaching World English; Topics in second language acquisition. Plus option of one module in term 2:Approaches to English language teaching; Contemporary issues in teaching; Cross-cultural perspectives on language and discourse; Developmental psycholinguistics; Learning and teaching grammar in a second language; The practice of English language teaching; Pragmatics: language, meaning and communication; Psychology of language and language learning; Qualitative and quantitative data analysis; Teaching and learning citizenship and global education; Teaching English for academic purposes; Testing and assessment in English language teaching.

Assessment methods

Students are assigned a personal supervisor who they will have on-going contact with throughout the duration of the course through face-to-face meetings and through email contact. There are three assessed coursework essay assignments (each 4,000 - 5,000 words in length); an exam in English Linguistics; an exam in Research Methods; an assessed presentation + dissertation outline + ethics audit; a dissertation of 12,000 words in length.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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