Manchester Metropolitan University

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Applied Linguistics

The MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics is an exciting and innovative new course that will equip you with the skills essential for a career in one of the world's fastest growing professions. The course is delivered by lecturers with years of experience in English language teaching and postgraduate supervision. Learner-centred teaching allows you to reflect on the practice and theory of TESOL with expert support, in light of the most recent advances in understanding of language teaching and learning. The programme combines the study of theories, methods and materials with a detailed analysis of language and an awareness of practical research methods. It will prepare you for work in multiple educational environments and is also an excellent preparation for further postgraduate study.

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second-class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in TESOL, Linguistics, English Language, English, Education or a related/compatible subject or combination of subjects. Candidates with a lower second-class degree or degrees from unrelated disciplines are however encouraged to apply and will be considered on their merits, as will people with non-traditional qualifications. Some teaching experience is desirable, but not essential, provided applicants can show evidence of sustained interest in TESOL.

Course modules

Year 1: Core units: Language teaching; Second language acquisition and learning; Sound, structure, meaning: Describing language; Assessing second language learners; Course design and academic management; Research methods; Dissertation. Indicative option units: Language in a globalised world; Learning and teaching vocabulary; Multimodality, technology and language teaching; Forensic linguistics;
Social psychology of language; Educational linguistics; Independent study; Uniwide Language (this unit is available for on campus delivery only).

Assessment methods

Assessment will be through a combination of essays, presentation projects and case studies, or through the preparation of lessons or course materials, and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time September 2018 2 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 1 1 Years

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