Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course is for UK and international graduates with no or limited professional teaching experience planning a career in English language teaching. You'll develop your understanding of English language classroom practice from an international perspective, including lesson planning, development of learning resources and teaching and assessment methods, all of which prepares you for teaching across the globe. You'll also have the opportunity to develop research and evaluation skills and learn how to apply these to a range of professional contexts.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Interim Awards You can gain interim awards at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level during your studies.Should you decide to leave the course early you may be awarded one of these awards.

Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are typically:

• An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in English, humanities or in a foreign language or an equivalent professional qualification.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.


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Course content

The course provides a grounding in the theory and practice of teaching English as a second or foreign language. You'll develop a core knowledge of the structure and meaning of English as a medium of communication and analyse the role of English from a social and cultural perspective. You'll also develop your knowledge of research design and language analysis.

Core modules:

Language Awareness for TESOL/TESP

This module seeks to equip you with the skills needed to describe accurately the grammatical, lexical, and discoursal features of the English language. You'll explore different definitions of the term 'grammar' and analyse and debate arguments for and against the teaching of grammar in TESOL/TESP. You'll also explore the role grammar has played in different TESOL/TESP methodologies and analyse a range of approaches, methods and materials for the teaching of grammar from both a practical and theoretical perspective.

Second Language Learning

This module considers factors which affect second language learning. You'll explore key topics, concepts and theories related to second language learning and relevant social context and their relevance and implications for language teaching.

TESOL/TESP Methodology

This module seeks to introduce you to the theory and practice of English language teaching. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches, methods and materials for the teaching of grammar, lexis and the receptive and the productive skills from both a practical and theoretical perspective.

TESOL and Young Learners

This module will help you examine the theory and practice of English language teaching to Young Learners. You'll focus on the language policy aspects of teaching Young Learners and cover issues such as the ideal age to start learning English and the debate surrounding English medium education.

Option modules:

Materials Development for TESOL

The module introduces you to the key principles in the design, adaptation and evaluation of materials in the field of TESOL. You’ll explore a range of published language-learning materials while also developing your knowledge of the theory behind materials design and evaluation. You’ll apply your learning and knowledge through the design and adaptation of materials for learners in a context relevant to your own professional practice.


This module will deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research. You'll learn about traditions of educational research; positivism, interpretism and action research and the strengths and challenges of carrying out research in these traditions. This module will provide you with the opportunity to carry out a piece of research based on a contemporary or work-related issue or problem.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course aims to prepare you for work in a range of international educational settings teaching English to children and adults as a second or foreign language (TESOL).

Teaching and assessment

Adapting to life in a new country can be both exciting and challenging. At the start of the course new students will take part in an induction programme where you'll be introduced to your tutors and find out more about the course aims and learning outcomes, together with the assessment procedures and University's support mechanisms.

You'll receive training from the Academic Librarian on information and research skills and about electronic methods of accessing library facilities for Masters' students.

Throughout the course you'll experience a variety of teaching and learning techniques including lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials. Face-to-face and online modes of communication will assist you in the assessment process and achievement of the learning outcomes.

A number of assessment methods may be used on the course, including essays, poster presentations, lesson plans, microteaching, case studies and materials development.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy*.

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:

Sonia Munro-Course Leader

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

Postgraduate Study Fair

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the Postgraduate Open Day.

Further study

Upon successful completion of your postgraduate studies, progression onto the following programmes may be of interest:

Doctor of Education EdD .


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.5 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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