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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA

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Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA will provide you with a thorough introduction to current research, teaching theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. You will have the opportunity to observe actual language classes, plan and teach real lessons and carry out research on language learning and teaching.

(If you have at least three years' experience as a language teacher, please see our MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching).

Key benefits

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for teaching English in different contexts.
  • Four weeks of supervised teaching practice.
  • Gain a professional certificate in TEFL at the same time as your MA in TESOL.
  • Observe lessons and learn from experienced teachers at International House London.
  • Excellent tutorial support and extensive programme-specific training in research methods and academic writing.
  • Staff have extensive experience of teaching and training teachers in a wide variety of contexts.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year full time or two years part time

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Cambridge ESOL CELTA

Course intake 30

Course leaders Dr Nick Andon

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Postgraduate Taught Programmes Officer Department for Education & Professional Studies
Tel +44 (0) 20 7848 3168

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentSchool of Education, Communication & Society



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Course detail


Through our Master’s programme you will learn sophisticated approaches to second-language pedagogy, second-language learning theories, linguistic analysis and research methods. This will give you a solid foundation of professional knowledge and expertise in preparation for a teaching placement, and provide skills to continue your professional development. Our optional modules and dissertation module will allow you to connect this knowledge to specialist areas such as language assessment, the development of teaching materials, and teaching English in a variety of contexts. You will also have the option of four weeks of supervised teaching practice through our collaboration with International House, the leading provider of the initial teacher training certificate. If you are successful in the placement you will gain an additional qualification through International House, either the Cambridge English CELTA or the IH Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

This programme provides you with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. It will enable you to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/foreign language, and will prepare you to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will give you the basic research skills you need to investigate language learning, and to help you to develop your individual pedagogic style by reflecting on practice.

Course purpose

The programme provides students with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. It enables students to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/foreign language, and prepares students to develop the capacity to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will provide students with basic research skills to investigate language learning, and help students to develop their individual pedagogic approaches by reflecting on practice.

Course format and assessment

We will assess your performance on our required modules through essays, language analysis tasks, oral presentations and lesson planning tasks. We assess most of our optional modules through one 3,500-word essay. You will also write a 15,000-word dissertation. There are no examinations.

More information about the programme and lecturers can be found on the Department of Education and Professional Studies' MA TESOL study page. Offer holders can also find the timetable, key contacts, recommended reading and enrolment information via the departmental Welcome to King's pages.

Extra information

Applications will be accepted from 01 October 2015. The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 01 July 2016 to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Academic requirements:

A 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) is usually required in a relevant subject (for example: a foreign language; English; Linguistics/Applied Linguistics/Language and Communication; Psychology; a social science subject.) 

Alternative qualifications may be considered. 

Work experience:

No previous experience of language teaching is required (although any experience including informal tutoring or volunteer teaching  and/or observation of teaching) will be taken into account in assessing your application

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Applications should include two references. At least one should be an academic reference. The second reference can be either professional or academic, but if you have some teaching experience, it would be helpful to include a professional reference from someone who knows about your teaching skills. Both home and international students will be asked to complete a short academic writing task and may be invited to be interviewed via Skype. We endeavour to process all applications within four weeks of receipt in the department.

Personal statement and supporting information

The personal statement should describe your reasons for choosing to study this subject and discuss how you feel this MA will contribute to your future career plans. You should describe any teaching experience you have.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £8,400 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £16,110 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,200 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,055 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

  • In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London, to International House and between King’s campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon. 

Career destinations

The MA prepares graduates for a professional career in English language teaching, a research-oriented career, or a mixture of the two.


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