University of East London

Course Introduction

This Master?s programme is the only one in London with an exclusive focus on ?teaching? encompassing the areas of TESOL and TEFL ? as opposed to Applied Linguistics and is aimed at practising teachers as a form of continuing professional development. Upon completion, our graduates normally apart from following a PhD route, also become teacher trainers, consultants and advisors in the areas of English Language Teaching and Education, publishers, and school managers, among other high-stake posts. The course has two entry points: January and September. Speaking our native language comes naturally. Acquiring a second language is a much more complex undertaking that a skilled teacher can make easier. This fascinating course will give you a deeper understanding of the field of English language teaching in the UK and in a global context. It addresses the language systems of English, as well as reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also examine second-language acquisition theories and the impact that these have on English language teaching pedagogy. You will explore the implications of the global spread of English, the rise of ?new Englishes? around the world and the political and cultural dimensions of teaching English as an international language. Ultimately, the course will open up exciting and stimulating career opportunities, both nationally and internationally, as a teacher of English or as someone who will shape the future of English language teaching.

You will look at the theoretical, conceptual side of language systems within the field of applied linguistics. You will explore how we can draw on these theories to devise a curriculum and learning materials. Because English is a world language, both power and ideology are intertwined with its teaching. The course offers a chance to examine the politics or the social dimensions of teaching English as a foreign and as a second language. For instance, English is associated with modernisation in some parts of the world. In developing countries it can be seen as key to social mobility, even if that is more discourse than reality. Subjects such as these will form the basis of discussion seminars as you explore how theory works in practice. You will also be exposed to research methodologies in the Second Language Acquisition module and have the opportunity to work on a dissertation that involves language data collection, perhaps from your own students. You will become qualified to lead other teachers and to shape the future of English language teaching by devising and writing learning policies and materials or by working in a curriculum coordinator role.

Start Date:

part-time for between two and six years..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Distance Learning
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Distance Learning
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
2 years
Distance Learning
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,260 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,260 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,260 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
6 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need 2.2 Honours degree in Social Sciences or Humanities subject (e.g. Languages, English, Education, and Psychology). Evidence of relevant classroom experience is also essential.
  • International entry requirements: Students should have an overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
  • IELTS score: 6.5