MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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)
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Why choose this course?  

  • Gain an understanding of key principles and theories underlying a variety of approaches to language learning/teaching from both macro and micro perspectives   
  • Opportunity to analyse a range of spoken and written data using key linguistic concepts and models.

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

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Distance learning available:

Entry requirements: A good UK Honours Degree (minimum 2:1) in English or a related discipline or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references.

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.

Fees for 2017/18*:
UK/ EU: £5,450
Non-EU: £14,100 
*These figures have not been confirmed, but they are expected to be approximately as stated. 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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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.

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 and a short oral presentation on an area of interest within your own classroom practice, experienced during the Teaching in Practice module.

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.

Graduates of the TESOL programmes work as teachers in TESOL all over the world.
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.

PhD (Applied Linguistics); MSc (Teaching English), both Aston University; RSA DOTE (Diploma for Overseas of English); BA (English Language & Literature), Hacettepe University

''The MA in TESOL Studies is unique as it enables you to put theory into practice through real classroom experience. It provides a multi-cultural learning environment.''

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Natalia Kalenova

MA TESOL Studies

I was attracted to the MA in TESOL Studies at Aston because of the ‘Teaching in Practice’ module, which helped me to gain confidence and to learn new ways of teaching. In order to get a job it is essential that you have experienced teaching at a variety of levels. I'm currently working as a TESOL teacher at an Asylum and Refugee House.


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Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton

Programme Director

Nur has been working at Aston since 1994, managing, developing, and teaching on a range of programmes including EAP, communication skills, and teacher education programmes both on-campus and distance learning.


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