• Application Deadline
  • 30 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), (Distance Learning) programme offered by the University of Birmingham is designed for practising teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

About

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), (Distance Learning) programme offered by the University of Birmingham is a set of interactive course materials to complete in part-time, self-study mode over a period of at least 30 months. We also offer a full-time, on-campus programme over one year.

Our study materials are produced by academic staff in our department, and are available online through the University's 'virtual learning environment'. They contain aims and objectives, reading lists, summaries of readings, activities and commentaries, discussion and reflection tasks, indexes and details of assignments required. On joining you are provided with a course handbook that introduces you to the team, provides details of their roles and expertise and gives all the contact information you will need so that if you have any difficulties or questions you will know who to contact for help and guidance.

Although much of the course is delivered through the virtual learning environment, support is always available. You will have a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor to guide you and answer any questions, and you will be able to consult academic staff in Birmingham via Skype.

You will be able to study the following modules:

  • Language Teaching Methodology and Classroom Research and Research Methods
  • Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogic Grammar
  • Lexis, Syllabus and Materials Design
  • Spoken and Written Discourse
  • ELT Management and Sociolinguistics
Career Opportunities

Birmingham's English Language and Applied Linguistics postgraduates develop a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, particularly in relation to verbal and written communication. They also develop crucial skills in organisation, time management, analysis and interpretation of information.

Many of our graduates enter roles for which their programme has prepared them, such as teaching and lecturing; others use their transferable skills in a wide range of occupations including journalism, marketing and events.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Functional Grammar
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Translation and Language Pedagogy
  • Testing
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Introduction to Translation Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 30 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

We usually ask for a good Honours degree, or overseas equivalent. However, when considering your application, we will consider professional qualifications and work experience as well as your academic credentials. For this reason, it is important to provide details of any current and/or previous employment in your application; it is always helpful to include a current CV but please complete the relevant sections of the application form as well.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1080 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1080 GBP per module and a duration of 30 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1080 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1080 GBP per module and a duration of 30 months.
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The dissertation fee is £3,240.

Funding

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

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