The TESOL course at Durham University is designed for anyone with an interest in the wider aspects of teaching English as a foreign language, combining innovative classroom practices with an understanding of issues such as language structure and research methodology.
The course offers a core of syllabus design and assessment, with greater depth provided through further required modules focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of the English language and on classroom practice. You will then have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base by taking three or four further optional modules covering a wide range of relevant areas. The MA is completed by a 15,000-word dissertation.
Course Learning and Teaching
ELC MA courses are delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions and micro-teaching sessions, giving you a solid grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the field. In many cases, contact hours will be a mixture of these approaches (rather than a session consisting solely of a two-hour lecture). The balance will depend on the particular module, with some more suited to a lecture/seminar approach, others being of a more practical nature.
The focus throughout the courses is on independent learning and student engagement, with you being expected to participate in presentations and micro-teaching. The average weekly number of contact hours over the first two terms is 12, with you filling the remaining time with reading, class preparation and assignments.
In addition, starting in the first term, you will attend a series of dissertation sessions (typically 2 hours per fortnight) culminating in a poster conference in term 3. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor and can expect 3 or 4 meetings during term 3 and the summer.
You will each have an academic tutor, with whom they will meet on average once a term, and all staff have office hours.
- Dissertation (includes Research Methods programme)
- Language for Teaching
- Language Teaching Methods and Practice
- Fundamentals in ELT.
Previous optional modules have included:
- World Englishes
- English for Specific Purposes
- ELT Materials Development and Evaluation
- Discourse Texts and TESOL
- Language Teaching Methodology
- Second Language Acquisition: Perspectives for Teachers
- Evaluation and Assessment
- Teaching Young Learners
- Pragmatics and the Language Classroom.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesTeaching English View 117 other Masters in Teaching English in United Kingdom
Subject requirements, level and grade
- A good first degree (UK 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent).
International31000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 31000 GBP per year during 12 months.
National14500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 14500 GBP per year during 12 months.
Home/Island Student: £7,975 per year
- International non-EU/EU Student: £17,050 per year
Living costs for Durham
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.