Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019


1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

About the course

This course is for UK and international graduates with no or limited professional teaching experience planning a career in English language teaching. You’ll develop your understanding of English language classroom practice from an international perspective, including lesson planning, development of learning resources and teaching and assessment methods, all of which prepares you for teaching across the globe. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop research and evaluation skills and learn how to apply these to a range of professional contexts.

You’ll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we are ranked in the top ten for Education in the Guardian University Guide (2017) for the seventh consecutive year. You’ll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Interim Awards

You can gain interim awards at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level during your studies.Should you decide to leave the course early you may be awarded one of these awards.

Outstanding teaching, access to our wide ranging professional networks plus the latest research findings all help to ensure our students are able to equip themselves with the most relevant knowledge and skills needed within the workplace. 

Many of our courses are also offered on a flexible full or part-time basis to ensure you’re able to work towards your qualification around your existing commitments.

By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focussed on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and successful as possible.

Dr Ann Harris

Professor Ann Harris, Associate Dean (International)

Course detail

Language Awareness for TESOL/TESP

This module seeks to equip you with the skills needed to describe accurately the grammatical, lexical, and discoursal features of the English language. You'll explore different definitions of the term 'grammar' and analyse and debate arguments for and against the teaching of grammar in TESOL/TESP. You'll also explore the role grammar has played in different TESOL/TESP methodologies and analyse a range of approaches, methods and materials for the teaching of grammar from both a practical and theoretical perspective.

Second Language Learning

This module considers factors which affect second language learning. You'll explore key topics, concepts and theories related to second language learning and relevant social context and their relevance and implications for language teaching.

TESOL/TESP Methodology

This module seeks to introduce you to the theory and practice of English language teaching. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches, methods and materials for the teaching of grammar, lexis and the receptive and the productive skills from both a practical and theoretical perspective.

TESOL and Young Learners

This module will help you examine the theory and practice of English language teaching to Young Learners. You'll focus on the language policy aspects of teaching Young Learners and cover issues such as the ideal age to start learning English and the debate surrounding English medium education.

The course provides a grounding in the theory and practice of teaching English as a second or foreign language. You’ll develop a core knowledge of the structure and meaning of English as a medium of communication and analyse the role of English from a social and cultural perspective. You’ll also develop your knowledge of research design and language analysis.

Adapting to life in a new country can be both exciting and challenging. At the start of the course new students will take part in an induction programme where you’ll be introduced to your tutors and find out more about the course aims and learning outcomes, together with the assessment procedures and University’s support mechanisms.

You’ll receive training from the Academic Librarian on information and research skills and about electronic methods of accessing library facilities for Masters’ students.

Throughout the course you’ll experience a variety of teaching and learning techniques including lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials. Face-to-face and online modes of communication will assist you in the assessment process and achievement of the learning outcomes.

A number of assessment methods may be used on the course, including essays, poster presentations, lesson plans, microteaching, case studies and materials development.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in English, humanities or in a foreign language or an equivalent professional qualification.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career

A postgraduate qualification is a great way to stand out from your colleagues and position yourself for a promotion or pursue a career change.  In fact, here at Huddersfield, 94.8% of our postgraduates find employment or go onto further study within six months of graduating.  9 in 10 of them go onto work in professional or managerial roles.

* DHLE survey 2014/15

94.8% postgraduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

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