TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) MA

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Entry Requirements
    2:1 degree
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Key Dates

Graduates of the programme are employed as teachers in a wide range of educational settings, both in the UK and internationally.

The programme helps you make informed decisions on different aspects of TESOL

Suitable for experienced teachers as well as those with little classroom experience

Provides opportunities for in-depth investigations into language pedagogy and theory of language use

Course Summary

Our MA in TESOL is designed for those who would like to obtain a substantial postgraduate qualification in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Entry Requirements & Fees

Duration: Full-time: 12 months. Part-time: 2-3 years

Start date(s):

Distance learning available:

Entry requirements:

2:1 degree.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your future webpage.

Fees for 2020/21:
UK/ EU: £8,000
Non-EU: £15,000 
Part-time students pay a pro-rata version of full-time fees.  

Application: We recommend that overseas students apply before the end of June due to visa requirements as these can take a few weeks to process.

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Course Outline

Subject guide and modules

Our MA in TESOL is designed for those who would like to obtain a substantial postgraduate qualification in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). It is suitable both for those early in their professional lives (who may have little or no teaching experience), as well as those who are experienced teachers.

Sample module options

The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules:

Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching

This module provides you with both a practical and theoretical background to TESOL/ELT, helping to foster a principled approach to pedagogic practice.

Language Awareness

This module aims to provide you with a pedagogically sensitivised approach to the linguistic  description of the English Language, and helps to develop your own understanding of the way the English Language works.  

English Teaching Practice

In the context of undertaking actual classroom teaching you will develop a deeper understanding of the key principles of classroom activities and procedures and will be able to evaluate different approaches to teaching and learning.

Research Methods in TESOL

This module introduces you to the general nature of research in TESOL/ELT, and provides a foundation for your dissertation.


You will demonstrate your ability to design,conduct and report the results of a research project in the subject domain relevant to the masters programme. You will work independently, under the guidance of a supervisor.


Optional Modules:

Analysing Discourse

You will develop your understanding of the fundamentals of text analysis, and gain an overview of major theories and methodologies associated with analysing spoken and written texts.

Course and Materials Design

This module provides you with an understanding of key concepts in relation to the design of ELT course materials, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to make principled adaptations of existing materials in relation to specific pedagogic contexts.

Teaching Young Learners

You will gain an overview of the most common global contexts for teaching English to young learners (TEYL) and be introduced to theories of second language acquisition and cognitive development in relation to TEYL. You will also develop skills in evaluating and preparing syllabi and materials.

Language Contact and Multilingualism

You will  study aspects of multilingualism in an increasingly globalised world, in addition to the more traditional aspects of the study of language contact (such as borrowing, code-switching, mixed languages, pidgin and creoles, etc.); the ways in which  English has emerged as the currently dominant lingua franca, influencing other languages and how new media, especially the Internet, influence the way speakers of more than one language communicate.

Language and Literature in Education

This module  introduces you to historical and contemporary issues and debates related to the place of English as an intellectual discipline and academic subject in English L1 (primarily secondary) education; how and why its nature has been contested and how government policy, research and practitioner enquiry have all influenced various manifestations of the subject.

Research Topics in TESOL

Here, in consultation with a member of the teaching team and under their supervision, you have the opportunity to pursue a research project on a specific topic in TESOL of your own choice, which is of particular interest to you and not necessarily available on the programme.

Technology in Teaching and Learning

This module familiarises you with the features of different, current  learning technologies, provides insight into theoretical and procedural issues concerning the delivery of language teaching  and the opportunities for implementing them.

Communicating across Cultures

You will explore how increased globalisation and more diverse, domestic workforces make for challenging context within which communication, particularly intercultural communication, works, and  the extent to  which international communication is influenced by cultural differences.

Learning, teaching and assessments

Modules are delivered via a variety of innovative and engaging teaching methods.   You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials.  There are also opportunities for classroom teaching and observation, as well as for individual research.

All assessment is by written assignment, except for Teaching in Practice where assessment involves a series of teaching practice sessions.

The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation in a student’s particular area of interest.

Career prospects

Graduates of the programme are employed as teachers in a wide range of educational settings, both in the UK and internationally. 

Facilities & equipment

You will have access to:

  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals.  The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.
Teaching Staff

Dr Muna Morris-Adams  

PhD Applied Linguistics, Aston University; MSc TESOL, Aston University; Diploma TEFLA (Teaching Foreign Languages to Adults), Edinburgh University; BSc Social Science, Birmingham University 

''The MA in TESOL is unique as it enables you to put theory into practice through real classroom experience, and you will study in an exciting and enriching multi-cultural learning environment.''

Prof Urszula Clark

Dr Nur Hooton

Dr Erika Darics

Dr Nathan Page

Prof Gertrud Reershemius

Dr Marcello Giovanelli

Contact us

Tel: 0121 204 3200

Email: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

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