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Are you a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, including ELT, TESOL or TEFL? If so, or if you're looking to begin a career as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, this 2-year MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (with Professional Experience) degree will enable you to enhance your skills and employability with real workplace experience.

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If you've completed initial ELT, TESOL or TEFL teacher training but you don't yet have a minimum of three months full-time teaching experience, you can still apply for this course and do an extra module to build up your practical teaching skills.

During your first year you'll be taught by our linguistics experts at the University, learning to apply the latest TESOL theory to classroom situations and critically evaluate your own approaches to teaching in a global context. You'll also work on lesson and course planning and design, and learn how to conduct and analyse research into teaching techniques.

In year 2, you'll apply your learning on a 12-month work placement or professional experience programme tailored to your career goals.

You'll graduate with the communication and intercultural skills and expertise to work as a more effective and well-rounded TESOL practitioner, in the UK or overseas. You could also go on to roles in areas such as educational management or leadership, curriculum development, editing, publishing or advertising.

What you’ll experience

  • Gain first-hand experience on a 12-month professional experience module or work placement related to your chosen career, allowing you to apply theory to practice and build a solid professional network
  • Enhance your abilities to teach English to speakers of other languages in the UK and around the world
  • Expand your knowledge of the theories and methods used in linguistics, and conduct and analyse research into teaching techniques
  • Reflect on your classroom practice in order to improve the way you teach
  • Learn to effectively plan and design lessons and courses

Work experience and career planning

If you're not already in work when you join us, our Careers and Employability Service is on-hand to help you find relevant work experience during your course – and to help you find a great job when you graduate too.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminars
  • workshop sessions
  • one-to-one and group tutorials
  • academic skills development workshops

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • case study analysis
  • oral presentations
  • report writing
  • written assessments
  • role plays/simulation
  • dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Programme Structure

Core modules

  • Second Language Acquisition – 30 credits
  • Theory and Practice of TESOL – 30 credits
  • Dissertation – 60 credits
  • Placement Preparation – 0 credits

Optional modules

  • Using Technology and Corpora in Learning, Teaching and Research – 30 credits
  • World Englishes – 30 credits
  • Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Material – 30 credits
  • Analysing Discourse – 30 credits
  • Professional Portfolio – 30 credits

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience. If you do not have relevant teaching experience, you can still apply for our campus programme, and you will study an additional non-credit bearing module The Classroom Practice of TESOL at no additional cost.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Applied Linguistics and TESOL (with Professional Experience)
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