Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education


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MEd TESOL is a one year full-time, or two years part-time, programme for experienced TESOL professionals, such as teachers, teacher trainers, language school directors, curriculum developers, inspectors, lecturers and materials writers.

Our programme considers how individuals learn languages, how the English language can be analysed and described for pedagogic purposes, and how the language can be taught most effectively.

There are opportunities to specialise in various aspects of TESOL: for instance, teacher education, materials development, curriculum reform, the teaching of grammar and vocabulary, the use of ICT, English for Academic Purposes and language assessment.

Students follow the same syllabus as students on the MA TESOL programme but, for the award of this particular degree (Master of Education), your final critical study must have a practical rather than theoretical orientation, focussing on a professional issue within language education and demonstrating expertise in applying ideas from your reading and from a small-scale research study to find solutions to genuine real-life problems.  


Year 1

Compulsory modules

Critical Study/Dissertaton allows you to design and undertake a small-scale research project related to your own interests in the field of education.

Learning and Teaching in TESOL examines the approaches and principles that TESOL teachers can use to teach the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Investigating Language for TESOL provides you with the skills to describe language in terms of sounds, words, grammar and discourse, and considers how you can analyse learners' language to understand their language development.

Research Methods for TESOL is a non-assessed module which introduces you to key concepts and processes involved in the systematic investigation of language education topics, and helps prepare you for your critical study work.

Optional modules

You will choose one to four optional modules from the following list.

  • Assessing Language Learning
  • Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom
  • Directed Study in Education
  • Grammar Learning and Teaching
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
  • Materials Development for TESOL
  • Teaching Academic English
  • Teacher Education for TESOL
  • Teaching Languages to Young Learners
  • Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
  • The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning
  • The TESOL Curriculum and TESOL Change.

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