Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Information and Communications Technology

This programme for experienced TESOL professionals will equip you to use ICT in developing TESOL materials or delivering teaching.

Suitable for teachers, teacher trainers, language school directors, curriculum developers, inspectors, lecturers and materials writers, the programme offers you practical experience of using ICT to develop learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. You’ll also experience e-learning first-hand, as you learn through a mixture of face-to-face and online methods.

You’ll study the same core modules as students on other TESOL programmes, exploring how people learn languages and the strategies that have been developed for language teaching. Then you’ll choose from optional modules focusing on the use of ICT in TESOL, including digital learning environments and the practice of digital learning.

Taught by expert practitioners and researchers, this programme will give you the skills and confidence to use ICT as a key asset in the classroom.

Please be aware that this is not an IT skills training course, and we will expect you to have basic IT skills such as word processing, email and using the internet before you start the programme.

This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.

In Semester One you’ll deepen your understanding of TESOL – you’ll focus on how people learn languages, how to describe and explain language to learners and the approaches you can take to teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

You’ll then expand your knowledge in Semester Two. You’ll choose from a range of optional modules that focus on the use of technology in language learning, covering topics such as digital learning environments, gamification, the factors affecting staff and student technology adoption, making digital materials and the theoretical basis of technology-enhanced language learning.

Throughout the year, you’ll use the knowledge and skills you gain to carry out a small-scale piece of research related to your own interests within education. You’ll submit this critical study by the end of the year.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You’ll take three compulsory modules throughout the year including your critical study. Then you’ll choose two from the optional modules below.

Compulsory modulesOptional modules
- Learning and Teaching in TESOL
- Investigating Language for TESOL
- Critical Study
- Technology Enhanced Language Learning
- Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments
- Digital Learning in Practice

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including seminars, tutorials, group work and lectures. Specialist modules also use online learning, to give you hands-on experience of using online teaching materials.

However, independent study is an important aspect of this programme, either alone or in a group, since it allows you to develop key research, analysis and communication skills and develop your own ideas.


Most of our modules are assessed through written assignments, which you’ll choose from a range of topics. To help you prepare, you’ll be able to submit a draft to your tutor for comment beforehand, and we offer other forms of support as well. You’ll also complete group projects and project reports.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons), plus a professional qualification and two years' relevant experience.

We may consider other educational and professional backgrounds in exceptional circumstances.

You'll also need to be able to demonstrate basic ICT skills - such as using the internet, email and word processing - and the ability to use computers routinely in your academic work. You should be able to demonstrate independent facility in the use of ICT with appropriate technical support.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Education Postgraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

How to apply

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you need

  • A copy of your degree certificate or equivalent and transcripts
  • Two references
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications is English is not your first language
  • A personal statement of 750-1,000 words explaining how you would be suited to the programme.

Admissions policy

School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £6,000

International: £15,000

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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