MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL) or TEFL provides varied and rich career opportunities, either abroad or in the UK working with bilingual learners from varied cultural backgrounds. The MA TESOL course is for people with some experience of English language teaching or training, and are seeking the opportunity to reflect on your practice and further develop it in the light of theories and recent research.

The emphasis throughout this postgraduate TESOL course is on applying theory to practice and preparation for more senior responsibilities, such as curriculum and materials design. You will have the opportunity to observe and teach various language classes during the course and focus on practicalities of designing a course and developing your skills as a materials writer.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 5 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 5 Years September Newport City C

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages combines examination of research and theory with a very practical approach to managing and delivering effective English language instruction. It provides students with the opportunity to critically examine practice and to become up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.

In common with all the MA Education pathways you will take the core module Research Methodology. In addition, you will study the following specialist modules:

  • TESOL: Theory in Practice: This module concentrates on the theory related to language acquisition and approaches to teaching learning a second language and how these influence teaching
  • TESOL: Curriculum Design and Evaluation: This module explores issues such as curriculum planning, design and management, needs analysis and assessment and focusing on English for specific purposes and English for academic purposes.
  • TESOL: Materials Design and Evaluation: The main skill of a language teacher is choosing and designing affective materials and tasks to support learning. The central focus is on materials selection and design for specific teaching contexts, assessing the current approaches to materials and the ways in which they can be adapted and improved for particular target groups and teaching methods.

Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules). To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.


Part-time students normally take two specialist modules in year one, and a third one plus research methodology in year two. This is followed by a dissertation.

Full-time students take three specialist modules and research methodology over the course of one academic year and then go on to complete the dissertation. You can take modules from other MA Education pathways, such as special educational needs if appropriate.


Modules are assessed through coursework, including action research, practical planning tasks, written assignments and presentations.

  • You should be a graduate, or if you’re a non-graduate, you will need proof of relevant experience. You must have at least two years experience of teaching English language to non-native speakers and preferably to adults. If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each band) or equivalent.
  • Full-time and part-time students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student)
  • Full-time students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the internship scheme will also need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student)

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £12600 
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

A Masters degree is required for professional advancement within TESOL either working abroad or in the UK. Within TESOL, it is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development.

An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.

If you’re interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so at the University of South Wales.

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