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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-X9PR
  • Part-time: P-X9PRP
  • Part-time: P-X9PS (Fixed 2 years)
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2-4 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Warwick's TESOL programme is designed with course features that will appeal to those who want to advance their career in English Language Teaching. This MA's structure allows Warwick to capture new, cutting edge developments and showcase staff expertise in a growing range of specialist areas.

The MA TESOL programme will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the links between research, theory and professional practice in the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages. The programme has been designed for English language teachers with varying levels of professional experience, from teachers who have less than two years’ experience to those who have taught for many years. Potential students include teachers, teacher trainers, materials or curriculum developers, and other professionals who work in the area of second/foreign language education, either in the state sector or in private language institutes at primary, secondary or tertiary levels.

Core Modules

  • Foundations of TESOL Methodology and Innovations in TESOL Methodology
  • Sociolinguistics of English as a Global Language
  • SLA Insights for TESOL Practice
  • Spoken Interaction
  • Approaches to Written Discourse
  • Research Methods in TESOL
  • Professional Practice
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Specialism in Classroom Motivation
  • English in International Development
  • Literature and Drama in TESOL
  • Management and Leadership in TESOL
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in TESOL
  • Teaching and Researching Young Language Learners
  • Specialism in Teacher Education and Development
  • Specialism in Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching English for Academic and Professional Purposes
  • Using Corpora for TESOL
  • Assessment in TESOL


Modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Importance is placed on research-led teaching and developing students’ understanding of research principles and methods, as well as the ability to reflect on the relationship between theory, research and practice.

There are 10 weeks in each term. For both terms one and two, you will usually have 8 weeks of teaching contact with the remainder of each term dedicated to module related reading, assignment work and optional tutorials.

In term three, you will work closely with a dissertation supervisor to complete your own research project. The dissertation draws on the academic and professional knowledge and interests you have developed in terms one and two and is closely linked to work you have done in the research methodology module.

Coursework and Assessment

Assessment on the programme is by coursework and final dissertation - there are no formal examinations. The following are example types of coursework you might submit for assessment on the MA:

  • Written assignment (e.g. a 2,000 word assignment which includes an appropriately referenced literature review)
  • Teaching materials/lesson plans with rationale
  • Blog writing (e.g. blogging about useful ICT tools for ELT)
  • Language analysis

Skills from this degree

For this degree, skills that will be developed include:

  • Research skills (e.g. qualitative/quantitative research design and methods; action research, etc)
  • Professional development skills (e.g. teaching, observing, mentoring, reflective practice)
  • Language teaching materials and lesson plan design skills (e.g. materials for young learners, adults, English for Specific Purposes etc)
  • Language analysis skills (e.g. conversation analysis; discourse analysis)

Minimum requirements mid-point 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, (with 6.5 in writing)

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Previous Master's graduates from the department have gone on to work for employers including: British Council, Ernst & Young and National Geographic Learning. They have pursued roles such as: business and financial project management professionals; further education teaching professionals; teacher trainers; journalists, newspaper and periodical editors; management consultants and business analysts and research and development managers.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Linguistics Careers
  • CV Workshop
  • Interview preparation
  • Making the most of your time at Warwick and securing work experience opportunities
  • Securing placements and work experience
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

Prospective students are welcome to arrange a visit to the department to talk about the programme in more depth. Please contact to arrange a date and time for your visit.