Bath Spa University

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

- One of the few TESOL programmes in the UK which incorporates a placement component.

- Designed for both experienced teachers and those with little or no teaching experience.

- Blends the theory of language and linguistics teaching with practical skills development.

This programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second, additional or foreign language. We aim to develop confident and well informed language teaching practitioners, who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. You'll extend your knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting.

We recognise the value of professional, cultural and life experiences, which you'll develop and explore during the programme. This will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding through reflection, aided by theoretical input and practical application.

Context specific professional development is an important element in the programme. We prepare you to return to your previous work context, or even move to a new one, with an adaptable knowledge base for your particular setting.

Students who complete the MA TESOL will have many career opportunities including: English language teaching (general or specialised), language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies, PhD studies.

Entry requirements

At least a 2.1 Honours degree in an appropriate specialism from a recognised higher education institution. Teaching experience is welcome but not essential. Accreditation of prior learning (APL) can be offered if students have successfully completed previous level 6 or 7 modules at another university.

Course modules

Semester 1: theory and practice of TESOL and language analysis for TESOL; semester 2; TESOL theories of learning and teaching in 2nd language learning and teaching; semester 3; dissertation (60 credits).

Assessment methods

Both formative and summative assessment is built into each core module with no written examinations utilised. Summative assessment takes the form of a portfolio of tasks which may include oral presentations, reflection on module learning and teaching practice, essays and analysis tasks. All summative assessment is supported by formative work during the module which includes discussions with tutors and colleagues, feedback on presentations and assignment drafts, journal reflections and class activities.


Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 1 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 2 2 Years

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