Grounded in advanced theory and practice, this Masters in TESOL will give you the skills and knowledge to work in the English Language Teaching field – and make an impact to people’s lives all around the world.
The MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) offers you the opportunity to develop your essential teaching skills and professional knowledge. The course is designed to provide a thorough grounding in both the theory and practice of English language teaching.
This is a rigorous qualification which provides you with strong all-round skills development and up-to-date subject knowledge. It is highly valued by educational employers and will help to raise your profile when seeking to launch or advance your career as a language teaching professional.
This postgraduate degree will provide you with the basic practical skills you need to enter a language classroom with confidence and enhance your subject knowledge of the English language. You will develop your language teaching ability at a range of levels, in different cultural and institutional contexts. You will also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of professional issues related to English language teaching and learning.
We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide to our students. You will be supported by a personal tutor who, where possible, will remain with you throughout the course, and you will also have access to the full range of university support services. Participating in the learning activities and accessing the academic support services available to University of Leicester students will also help you develop your fluency and accuracy in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
If you take the two 'Language Testing and Assessment' modules and choose a language testing topic for your Dissertation or Professional Enquiry, you will be awarded an MA in TESOL with Language Testing.
2:2 or above in a relevant subject, or equivalent.
Some language teaching experience or previous teacher training to show your engagement with, and commitment to, teaching English as a second or foreign language.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at least 6.0 in each component score. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
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The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.
Careers and employability
Careers and employability
The MA in TESOL provides you with a thorough grounding in key theoretical and practical issues relevant to the needs of professionals in an increasingly global and competitive field. Many of our graduates have secured initial teaching positions or taken on additional roles in existing positions in a wide range of teaching contexts.
The University of Leicester provides further support to teachers through our School of Education, where we offer a range of professional development opportunities for practising teachers, including CPD courses and Masters degrees.
Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.
Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.
Education at Leicester attracts students and academics from all over the world, allowing you to become part of an inclusive, diverse and professional international network.
Our courses aim to develop leaders in education and so have been designed with your career prospects in mind.
Our range of modules allow you to study a course tailored to your interests.
You will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of research in education and who feed the latest developments into their teaching.
Teaching and learning
Your teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and workshops, with tutorial support. You will be assessed through written assignments and some tests, presentations and project work, depending on the particular module. You will be encouraged to develop your transferable skills, including IT and communication skills.
In your third term you will undertake a dissertation or a professional enquiry in a subject of your choice. You will be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area who will guide and support you.