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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA

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Our MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) combined with a four-week teaching practicum at International House London, provides students with a thorough introduction to current research, teaching theory, principles, techniques and practices in English language teaching. Students can gain two internationally recognised qualifications: a King’s College London MA and Cambridge English CELTA.

Teaching experience is not a requirement as this MA is specifically designed for pre-experience or early career teachers. If you have at least three years' language teaching experience as a language teacher, please see our MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for teaching English in different contexts, and gain two prestigious qualifications - MA TESOL and  Cambridge English CELTA.
  • Learn from leading academics at the King's College London (Language, Discourse and Communication research group).
  • Choose from a wide range of academic and professional modules relevant to language teaching.
  • Apply your skills in your teaching practicum at International House London, the leading provider of English language teacher education for over 55 years.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to observe experienced teachers in the classroom and carry out research with real classes.
  • Excellent tutorial support and extensive course-specific training in research methods and academic writing.
  • Staff have extensive experience of teaching and training teachers in a wide variety of contexts.
  • We usually teach in groups of no more than 25 students
  • Our students in 2016-17 came from 17 different countries.
  • Based at the Waterloo Campus (King’s) and Covent Garden (International House) you will study right in the centre of multicultural London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year full time September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Cambridge English CELTA

Course intake 48

Course leaders Dr Nick Andon & Dr Clyde Ancarno

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

Department School of Education, Communication & Society



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Course detail


Our MA in TESOL provides an in-depth understanding of current approaches and principles in second-language pedagogy and a thorough grounding in second-language acquisition theories, linguistic analysis and research methods. It provides a solid foundation of professional knowledge and expertise which prepares students for the four-week teaching placement and for their ongoing professional development. Our optional modules and dissertation module allow students to connect this knowledge to specialist areas such as language assessment, the development of teaching materials, and teaching English in a variety of contexts.

During your four-week practicum, you will benefit from supervised teaching practice through our collaboration with International House London, the leading provider of language teacher training. If you are successful in the placement, you will gain a Cambridge English CELTA or the IH Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Course purpose

This course was designed to enable you to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/foreign language, and to prepare you to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will also 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 format and assessment

We will teach you through lectures, teacher-led class discussions and group work, and you will typically have 40 hours of this for every 30-credit required module. We also expect you to undertake 260 hours of independent study per 30-credit required module. Contact hours for optional modules may vary slightly. During your dissertation we will provide you with seven hours of one-to-one contact with a supervisor and 20 hours of lectures on research skills to complement your 573 hours of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

We will assess your performance on our required modules through a variety of formats such as essays, practical tasks such as language analysis, oral presentations, design of lesson plans and teaching materials,  and evaluation of textbooks and language tests. We assess most of our optional modules through one 3,500-word essay per module, although assessment methods may vary depending on the optional modules you choose. You will also write a 15,000-word dissertation.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180-200 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:

If you are a part-time student, you will take Analysing English for Learning & Teaching and Second/Additional Language Learning: Research, Theory and Practice in your first year.

In your second year, you will take Language Teaching Methodology and your dissertation. You will also undertake your teaching practice at International House in your second year.

Optional Modules

In addition you are required to take two modules (30 to 50 credits) from a range of optional modules. Optional modules may typically include:

If you are a part-time student, you will take one optional module in your first year and another in your second.

Entry requirements & how to apply

TESOL MA Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

A 2:1 undergraduate degree 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.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £55 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 is the 30th March 2018.  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 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

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: £8,880 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £16,920 per year (2018/19)


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 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, 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

Our MA TESOL and CELTA qualifications opens many career opportunities for our graduates. Our students have pursued English language teaching careers in a wide range of institutions worldwide (e.g. in private language schools, state secondary schools and universities). Others have pursued careers related to ELT, e.g. as publishers of English textbooks, as developers of English language teaching mobile phone applications.


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