Course summary

If you have a passion for education and a curiosity about the language teaching and learning process itself then this course will both enthuse and challenge in equal measure. The MA Education with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career and have a special interest in working with learners of English as an additional, second or foreign language.

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1 year

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

This Master's degree is designed with both aspiring and experienced teachers in mind. It will provide the tools and resources that you need in order to enhance your teaching skills, reflect upon your professional practice and conduct your own research in the field of English Language Education.

During the course, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of professional competence and the theoretical implications of the practice of English Language Teaching. With an emphasis on the integration of practice and theory, you will acquire expertise in approaches and techniques for teaching language to speakers of other languages and develop a range of practical skills.

It accommodates both early career teachers seeking a grounding in the core disciplines of TESOL and those with considerable experience who are hoping to consolidate or progress into specialist areas of expertise. The course can act as perfect preparation for anyone wishing to teach or undertake a teaching and/or pastoral role either internationally or in an independent educational setting within the UK.

I would say to anyone thinking of coming to BGU that if they are looking for quality and a community that recognises all its members as equal and provides the best facilities and teaching for its students then this is the place for them. Nowhere else.

MA in Education with TESOL student

What you will study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules:

This module examines the current ‘lingua franca’ status of the English language. The implications of this status are wide-ranging as it causes major changes in the way in which the language is conceptualised, used, taught, learned and assessed globally. A further aim of the module is to develop your language awareness and to give you a thorough understanding of the key systems and skills of the English language.

This module is designed to develop knowledge of and explore the application of the methodology of teaching English as a second/foreign language. The module has a strong practical focus on aspects of English language teaching in order to ensure that you are equipped with essential experience and knowledge to enable you to prepare for, plan and deliver successful English language lessons in a real teaching context.

The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of the ideological and structural features of educational policy text, how these are constructed (including the impact and use of educational research), and how these influence practice at individual, institutional, national and global levels. It aims to interrogate the ways in which concepts of teacher professionalism, organizational development and pedagogical improvement in different contexts are constructed through education policy at national and international levels.

This is a core module intended to provide you with sufficient theoretical, conceptual and philosophical grounding in qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research designs to become an increasingly informed and productive member of your own professional and scholarly communities. The module will provide you with the research skills to commission or carry out and critically evaluate rigorous research in the field of education and TESOL.

The dissertation demands enquiry and research skills, intellectual awareness of issues, discriminating use of research methodologies and refinement of argument, all at the highest levels within the framework for M-Level qualifications. You will face the challenge of developing a sustained, accurate, subtle and reflective argument on an educational issue, with a view to impacting on policy, practice and learners progress.

Entry requirements

You will need to have obtained or be predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent).

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email

BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Further information

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In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).

How you will be taught

There are a number of study modes available; learning methods include Interactive lectures and student and staff led seminars, directed pre and post session tasks, directed reading, practical workshops, student and staff-led seminars, and project work. Teaching, learning and assessment draw on the different backgrounds, experience and knowledge of our students, and encourage critical reflection. Teaching style is highly participatory and engages you in practical teaching, workshop activities, online discussion, peer evaluation, presentations and research projects. The programme is supported by a full online ‘virtual learning environment’ which includes readings, discussions, session materials, peer support for assignments, and opportunities for students on campus and online to share professional concerns and debates.


We aim to make assessment an integral part of your experience here at BGU. The assessment tasks take a number of forms as all tasks are appropriate to the content and learning outcomes of the module being assessed. These include essay or report writing, online discussions, group tasks, oral presentations an analysis of an educational text. Assignments will be assessed with reference to guidelines provided in individual module assignment briefs and will relate closely to the learning outcomes for that particular module. Assessments are supported by online materials and discussion boards, presentations of work in progress with the opportunity for tutor and peer feedback and/or formative tasks with detailed and feed forward feedback to assist with summative assignment.

Careers & Further study

The MA Education with TESOL programme is perfect preparation for anyone wishing to teach or undertake a pastoral role, internationally or in an independent educational setting within the UK. It is ideal for international students/ teachers wishing to return home to teach English in a range of educational settings including international schools, colleges, and businesses. Equipped with research skills and advanced knowledge about language learning, you will be ideally placed to begin your career and take full advantage of the rapidly growing opportunities for teaching English across the world. Further career opportunities include teaching and leadership positions in language schools both in the UK and internationally.

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