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

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Entry requirements

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

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)

Check our scholarships page for information about postgraduate funding options. And did you know Aston graduates are eligible for a 20% discount on PG fees?

We held a lively and informative WebChat about TESOL, with course director Dr Muna Morris-Adams answering applicants' questions. You can read a transcript of the conversation here.

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

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.

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.

Fees for 2018/19:
UK/ EU: £6,500 
Non-EU: £14,400 
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.

Core modules: 
  • Approaches to Teaching and Learning (LEM003) 
  • English Teaching Practice (LEM008) 
  • English Teaching Practice II (LEM058) 
  • Approaches to Course and Materials Design (LEM004) 
  • Research Methods (LRM001)
  • Dissertation (LRM005)   

Choose two modules as options from: 

  • Lexicogrammar (LEM051) 
  • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse (LEM001) 
  • Language Contact and Globalisation (LEM057) 
  • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse II (LEM050) 
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.

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 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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