BA (Hons)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a minor route language

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Our newly refurbished Language Resource Centre is equipped with social learning spaces, PCs and voice recognition software for language training. It is also home to our multimedia and audio language learning laboratories,/ media booths for group-work with PCs or large flat screen TVs and multiple satellite channels broadcast in foreign languages with recording facilities.
  • The majority of our 30+ academic, research and support staff are native speakers of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Modern Standard Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. We also have multiple connections with language groups across Manchester to ensure you can converse in your chosen language.
  • Last national inspection saw us obtain excellent marks for our faculties, academic standards and staff/student relations.
  • Study alongside Erasmus students from our European partner institutions.
  • The Department of Languages, Information and Communication is currently seeking validation from Trinity College London. For more information regarding this, please check the Department’s website.
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics was rated as being in the top 20 in the country according to the Guardian University League Tables for 2017.

Placement options

Students studying a language as a Minor subject have the opportunity to apply to spend a period of residence abroad or on a work placement.

About the course

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) explores how English) and other languages) are most effectively learnt and taught all over the world, and it is for this reason that this course is offered in combination with a language. You may have heard it referred to as TEFL or EFL. On this course, you will learn to analyse teaching mehods and materials, build a repertoire of language activities and study the sounds and key grammatical features of English. Your TESOL studies will include detailed study of the English language itself, the latest and most effective techniques and methods of teaching, psychology, and learning styles and patterns.

Minor Language:

All of our minor language options focus on helping you to become an effective communicator. We will enable you to acquire linguistic skills and develop cultural awareness. We will also work with you to gain transferable skills such as translating and interpreting.

Modern Standard Arabic:

Arabic is spoken as the first language for over 300 million people; it is the official language and co-official lanaguage of 27 countries and it is one of the six official languages of the UN. The demand for studying Arabic has recently increased due to increased economic opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Admissions from Beginners to GCSE only. 

Mandarin Chinese:

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and China is the world’s second largest economy. Speaking Mandarin will allow you to communicate with millions of people around the world. In business, people who speak Mandarin have a distinct advantage with the Chinese market, as it is easier to develop all–important relationships when you can speak the language.

Admissions at Beginners level only.


In Europe, more people speak German as their native language than any other language. It is the official language of Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, as well as Germany. As the world’s fourth largest economy, and the forerunner in Europe, Germany produces more than a quarter of the European Union’s gross domestic product.

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


Italy is the eighth richest economy in the world, a world leader in areas as diverse as tourism, architecture, fashion and football. Italy’s cultural and economic significance within the European Union and beyond generates an increasing demand for competent and informed speakers of Italian. It is spoken by one in five Europeans, and by sizeable Italian communities in North and South America, and North Africa. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


Japanese is spoken by about 125 million people and the number of UK graduates who can communicate in Japanese and write Japanese scripts is limited, so learning the language will give you a competitive edge. Employment in UK enterprises owned by Japanese companies is steadily growing: with more than 120,000 in the UK in 2013 according to the UK Statistics Authority. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


More than 75 million people speak French as their native language. French is also one of the official languages in Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland and is spoken widely across the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. All told, there are more than 220 million French speakers, worldwide, with French being one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Admissions from Beginners to post A level only. 


Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages around world both in terms of the numbers of speakers, and the global geographical spread. As a global language, Spanish, with more than 400 million speakers is second only to Mandarin in terms of the number of the world’s population who speak it as a first language. It has official status in 21 countries spanning Europe; Africa; North, Central and South America. As the economies of South and Central America continue to surge forward, and the political reach of these nations continues to grow and develop there has never been a more important time to consider studying Spanish.

Admissions from Beginners to post A level only. 

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Alongside the units listed below you will also undertake your chosen language unit suited to your level of proficiency. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Mastery, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. Visit UNIWIDE for more information.

Core Units
Becoming Multilingual in the Digital Age

The unit develops skills of critical enquiry and analysis, and communication for language learners. It will enhance your digital and intercultural literacy, preparing you for employment and citizenship in the contemporary world.

Language in Society

This unit introduces the study of language in a variety of social contexts. It examines the ways in which language functions and how it is linked with thought and identity. It also looks at language use in politics and its manipulation by the media.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1

TESOL 1 is an introduction to the essential principles of teaching English as a Foreign Language, focusing broadly on the theory and practice of language learning and teaching. The unit covers three broad areas: language awareness (knowledge of terminology, grammar, phonology and vocabulary), analysing learners’ language, and principles of teaching English to speakers of other languages. This exciting unit offers the opportunity to observe live and recorded language teaching classes, interview speakers of English as a second language, and to get some teaching practice through microteaching and peer-teaching sessions.

Year 2

The unit of study for your chosen language will be based on your level of language proficiency. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of TESOL units currently available, please see the TESOL units on BA (Hons) TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

Year 3

The unit of study for your chosen language will be based on your level of language proficiency. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of TESOL units currently available, please see the TESOL units on BA (Hons) TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

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 Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 3 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 1 85% coursework; 15% examination
  • Year 2 75% coursework; 25% examination
  • Year 3 55% coursework; 15% practical; 30% examination
Optional foundation year
  • Study 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
  • Assessment 75% coursework; 15% practical; 10% examination

Additional Information About this Course

If a student chooses to take a language as a joint or major subject, they are expected to engage with their Period of Residence Abroad. In this case, the course will run for 4 years instead of 3 years (or part-time equivalent)

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

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


If the minor subject to be studied is French, Spanish, German or Italian and has been studied at A Level a Grade B or above will be required

Grade C or above in an English or modern languages subject at GCE A Level is preferred. Humanities and Social Science subjects such as History, Politics, Sociology and Psychology will also be considered

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students


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

Your career prospects after the course

Graduates can develop a career in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).

Opportunities exist throughout the world and many EFL teachers go on to manage schools or to open their own school.

The course can also lead to a range of other opportunities such as teacher training or EFL publishing, roles in business, management, and public and social services.

A language-focused degree allows you to learn many transferable skills that can be used in a multitude of jobs.

96% of languages and linguistics graduates go straight into further study or employment*. Teaching, translation and interpreting are a popular pathway, but languages graduates are also sought after in many different industries, with recent graduates being offered positions in a variety of different sectors both in the UK and abroad. 

*DLHE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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