Manchester Metropolitan University


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Fereshte Goshtasbpour is the subject advisor for the MA Applied Linguistics. A successful graduate of the course, she has subject-specific insight into the requirements of students and offers a range of workshops tailored precisely to the programme.
  • Study in a truly international environment. Recent courses have had students from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Korea, Libya, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Thailand.
  • Benefit from a strong focus on the practical realities of classroom teaching and learning, using a problem-solving approach.
  • Teaching is in small classes, allowing a good balance of individual, team and group work. You will have the opportunity to join in seminars involving discussion, debates, presentations, video-based activities, and practical research projects.
  • Receive guidance throughout your studies, including extensive support in the form of tutorials, feedback on assignments, writing and study skills sessions, dissertation workshops, study group feedback and personal consultations to help you make the most of your studies.
  • Extra support for academic writing available to all students through The Writing Project and also specifically for International students through Coaching for Academic English. 

About the course

This programme is aimed at those interested in the exciting and challenging profession of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is suitable for those at an early stage in their careers, those who are looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the area, and those interested in going on to PhD studies. Lectures and seminars are delivered by motivated, dedicated expert lecturers with many years of experience in both English Foreign Language teaching and postgraduate supervision. Assessment patterns are varied, practical and enjoyable. The teaching is engaging and learner-centred, and we make full use of the latest teaching and learning technology and techniques. 

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core units -

  • Language Teaching
  • Language Acquisition and Learning
  • Principles of Language and Linguistics
  • Research Methods 
  • Dissertation

Option units - 

  • Technology in TESOL
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Vocabulary 
  • Film Pedagogy  
  • Materials and Course Design

Core Units

This unit is an opportunity for you to use your developing research skills to produce an extended piece of writing at postgraduate level. You will select a topic of interest to you, devise a research question or a set of related questions, do extensive reading in primary and secondary sources, design and carry out an appropriate investigation into the research - and write up the results in the form of a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Language Acquisition and Learning

The unit will enable you to develop detailed knowledge of key research in second language acquisition from a psycholinguistic and learner-centred perspective and to examine implications for classroom teaching. The unit acts as a complement to Language Teaching and these two units together can be considered the core of advanced practitioner knowledge.

Language Teaching

This unit focuses on English language teaching from both theoretical and practical perspectives, dealing with the principles underlying approaches to and procedures for teaching the language systems and language skills. 

Principles of Language and Linguistics

The unit will enable you to develop the in-depth linguistic knowledge and high level language analysis skills required of English as a Foreign Language practitioners. It focuses on the collection of linguistic data from learners, teachers and EFL materials, and their analysis at a number of linguistic levels. It also focuses on the relation of learner language data to the process of language learning.

Research Methods

This unit provides thorough training in how to carry out both primary and secondary research for academic purposes. It acts as full preparation for the dissertation and as a powerful, stimulating base for further research activity such as a PhD.

Likely Optional Units
Film Pedagogy : Using European film in the classroom

This unit examines a number of strategies to use European film in the language classroom and in film studies programmes. It considers different syllabi available in the UK for A-Level and other programmes.

Materials and Course Design

The unit will enable you to develop detailed knowledge of the most important aspects of course design, including needs analyses, curriculum and syllabus design, materials, methodology and evaluation, and will afford students the opportunity to design practical outcomes based on differing theoretical perspectives for differing contexts. The unit builds on knowledge learned on the Language Teaching module.

Teaching English to Young Learners

The unit will enable you to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the key issues surrounding Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL), and will focus particularly on relating the practicalities of classroom activities (materials, lesson plans, activity types) to the theoretical issues underlying them (theories of language, learning and skills development).

Technology in TESOL

The unit enables you to refine your understanding of and skills in digital applications of technology in all curriculum areas. It is based on up-to-date research and best practice and will provide you with the opportunity to develop digital literacy and an online presence to become independent, networked practitioners and researchers.


The unit will enable you to gain advanced critical understanding of the theories and principles underlying current practice in teaching lexis, language skills, detailed knowledge of a range of techniques, method and approaches to teaching it, including use of corpora and concordancing software; and detailed knowledge of strategies for learning vocabulary.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Combination of essays, presentation projects and case studies or the preparation of lessons or course materials, and a dissertation.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

Applications are welcome from candidates with a good UK honours degree in any subject, or an equivalent international, academic or professional qualification. However, candidates will be considered on their merits, as will people with non-traditional qualifications. Some teaching experience is desirable, but not essential provided applicants can show evidence of sustained interest in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Please note – If English is not your first language (and your degree was not from a majority English Speaking Country as defined by the UKVI) we also require:  IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component, or equivalent English Language qualification accepted by the University.  Please note this is a requirement that differs from the University standard.  See our International webpages for further information:

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Please note it is not possible to apply online if you are applying via an Education Adviser (agent).

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Career options after the course

Our practical MA TESOL provides a global opportunity for career development for new and experienced teachers alike. On completion of this course, you will be well-placed to become professionally involved in the field of teaching English, or to become a teacher trainer, school manager, educational adviser, consultant, materials developer, exam writer and more. Graduates from the course are now working in a variety of educational settings including language schools, colleges, primary schools, high schools and government organisations internationally. Others have undertaken further studies and training which included either a higher research degree or other teaching diplomas.

John Mandy - EAP Tutor at the University of Groningen / MA TESOL graduate

"I'm really glad I decided to do the MA TESOL course at Manchester Metropolitan University and I really appreciate everything you have done to help me in the last 12 months. I definitely wouldn't be in the position I am now if I hadn't done the MA TESOL course."

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