Our distinctive, well-established, and popular MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for those with less than one year’s language teaching experience. We explore different approaches to the teaching and learning of English and study the close relationship between language teaching theory and practice.
The program encourages you to consider how the concepts, theories, and methodologies that you encounter during your course of study will be of practical use in your own teaching career. We aim to equip students with the linguistic and pedagogic knowledge, the research and analytic skills, and the confidence necessary to begin a career in English language teaching.
Why Study this Course?
Tailored to your level of experience – this program is specifically designed for inexperienced language teachers, so it will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career.
Excellent reputation – the Department of English Language and Linguistics is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. The University has also been ranked as one of the world's top 50 institutions to study English Language and Literature in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.
Access to fantastic resources – English Language and Linguistics students at Birmingham have free access to the hardware, software, and data resources held at the Centre for Corpus Research. You will also have access to the resources such as the Academic Writing Advisory Service and the Bank of Assessed Work to help with transitioning to postgraduate studies or if you are returning to the world of academia.
Ongoing support – you will have your own personal tutor to guide you throughout the program.
A vibrant and active postgraduate community – with conferences, seminars, and social events, there is always something happening in the Department.
You will study four core modules:
Syllabus Design & Language Teaching
Second Language Learning and Teaching
Teaching and Learning Grammar and Vocabulary
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
You will also choose two optional modules from a range which may include the following:
Bilingualism and Multilingualism in the TESOL Classroom
Business Discourse and Communication
Corpus Assisted Language Learning
English as an International Language
Issues in Intercultural Communication
Language and Politics
Language and Gesture
Language and New Media
Language Teacher Training
Language, Gender, and Identity
Psycholinguistics in TESOL
In addition to your taught modules, you will conduct a piece of independent research with the support of a supervisor, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation.
You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:
Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops, and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV
Birmingham's English Language and Linguistics postgraduates develop a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, particularly in relation to verbal and written communication. They also develop crucial skills in organisation, time management, analysis, and interpretation of information.
Many of our graduates enter roles for which their programme has prepared them, such as becoming a language analyst or data scientist. Others use their transferable skills in a wide range of occupations including teaching, research administration, and events. Over the past 5 years, 83% of English Language and postgraduates were in work and/or further study within 6 months of graduating