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TESOL and Education BA(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

This course will give you the chance to develop your theoretical knowledge alongside the practical skills required for planning and teaching English to speakers of other languages. You'll have the opportunity to build your understanding of different learning cultures, language acquisition and how to apply these skills to your own classroom practice. Plus you'll be able to share experiences with students from a range of different countries.

You'll investigate why English has become a global language and the effect this has within the classroom, develop an understanding of how language works and experience different approaches to teaching English. We'll also support you to develop your ability to critically reflect on your own personal educational development.

As part of your course you'll be supported to undertake a major study, identifying a TESOL topic of your choice to help you gain valuable insights into the effective teaching of English as a second or foreign language.

The course will also help you build up transferable skills that employers are looking for, developing you as a critical thinker and being able to understand and challenge current approaches and policy.

Successful completion of this course enables you to consider a range of English as a second or foreign language teaching roles or to consider progression onto Master's programmes.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time.

Course type:

Full Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

TESOL in a Multi-lingual world

Bilingualism or multilingualism is in fact the norm in many parts of the world. This module examines the rise and fall of various languages, historically and in the contemporary era of rapid globalisation, and a central focus will be on the historical spread of English as a foreign language and its manifestations. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore ways languages interact in society, and how they may be suppressed or promoted through government policy and local response. Finally you’ll look at the various models and methods of language education in the UK and in international settings. The module is deliberately wide-ranging in scope, but you will have the opportunity in the assignment to focus in more depth on one issue, and to investigate and report on an aspect of your own country's language education system.

Perspectives in Learning and Development

You’ll be introduced to the theories and research that underpin development and learning for children, young people and adults and consider key concepts that explain the basis of development and learning. Assessment typically involves the production of a display and a timed test.

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module encourages the development of the academic study and communication skills necessary for successful study at degree level. Assessment typically includes preparing an essay considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.

Self Society and Welfare

This module helps develop your understanding of society. You'll examine social issues in society, such as poverty and inequality, and how the state responds to them through ‘welfare’, as well as through ‘rights’ and ‘citizenship’. Assessment typically involves the completion of a timed test and a written assignment.

Year 2

Core modules:

Language Description for TESOL

One of the most important aspects of any English language teacher's knowledge is knowledge of English itself, especially information which is likely to be useful to learners. This module seeks to equip you with core knowledge and a set of skills for describing language for teaching at the levels of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and whole texts. By the end of the module, you should be able to identify word classes and aspects of word meaning, and describe some of the main grammatical structures of English, in particular the verb tenses.

Advanced Critical and Reflective Writing in Context

This module aims to develop your reflective and critical thinking skills. A range of learning theories, including behaviourism, cognitivism, multiple intelligences and reflective thinking models, including Schon, Gibbs, Brookfield are explored to develop a higher level of academic thinking and writing skills to aid your studies across all modules. Assessment is via a reflective portfolio and an essay which allows you to critically explore and evaluate selected learning theories.

Option modules: Choose two from a list which may include:

Philosophical Approaches to Education

This module explores the impact of different philosophical systems on the way that education is conceived and put into practice. You’ll have the opportunity to design an ideal educational system based on your own unique philosophy and representing your own values and beliefs. Coursework typically involves presenting your ideas and evaluating your system in a paper.

People in Action: Work with Individuals and Groups

This module examines the theory, principles and practice of working with individuals and with groups. Exploring different individual, group and online responses to people and their needs, you‘ll develop your understanding of professional practice. Assessment typically involves the completion of a presentation and a written assignment.

Analysing Educational Approaches

This module seeks to explore how social, cultural, political and economic influences impact on education and teaching practices within a range of contexts. The assessment involves researching and compiling a portfolio through which you’ll evaluate and analyse the influences on educational practices and develop a reflective account of your own personal and professional development.

Year 3

Core modules:

TESOL - Methodologies and Practice

In this module you’ll focus on the theory and practice of English language teaching. You’ll have the opportunity to examine a range of methodologies and materials for the teaching of grammar and skills, from both a practical and theoretical perspective. As part of your assessment you’ll be required to plan and resource two lessons and write a reflective commentary and analytical report of the lesson plans.

Major Study

This module allows you to pursue your particular interests and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, understanding and strengths that you have developed during your degree studies. You’ll be supported to select a relevant topic and develop a proposal. This module is your opportunity to bring together everything you have learned in a study of your choosing and you'll typically be assessed via a dissertation.

Research Methodologies

This module explores a range of research strategies and methods, preparing you to assess the value and significance of different approaches to data collection and analysis within your field of study. You’ll learn how to develop your own research design, and how to collect and analyse information in order to find out new things about a topic that you’re interested in. Coursework typically involves developing your own research proposal.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include:

Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts

This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories of leadership, management and the organisation of professional practice. You’ll have the opportunity to explore relevant theory and practical factors such as mentoring arrangements, group structures, staff development and the management of change in professional practice. Assessment typically involves the development of an annotated bibliography and a poster presentation.

Helping in Context (Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring)

This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories concerning counselling, coaching and mentoring, thereby positively impacting upon your effectiveness in responding to and working with the needs of individuals in a variety of contexts. Assessment typically involves working with peers to undertake practical counselling skills, coaching or mentoring sessions, and reflecting on the practical assessment in a written piece of coursework.

You'll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. You'll have a personal tutor assigned to you throughout your degree to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience.

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

Feedback (usually written) 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.

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

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

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 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 or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Upon successful completion of your undergraduate studies you may be interested in progression onto a postgraduate programme. We've got a huge range of options available, including the following:

MA TESOL Education MA International Education MA

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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