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MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) – Full time study in Sheffield

This is a full-time course for both graduates interested in a career in language teaching and experienced teachers who want to develop their skills and knowledge. You will work with English language tutors and international language learners to study and research aspects of TESOL in ways that support your development as a language teacher. Students on this course who meet the English language requirements also have the opportunity to take the Trinity College Certificate in TESOL which includes observed teaching practice. MA TESOL students are also supported in developing their academic reading and writing through dedicated language development classes and activities. 

Trinity College Certificate in TESOL

Students on a range of Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate degrees can take this internationally recognised initial English language teaching qualification as part of their undergraduate degree. The course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of English teaching, and an insight into the challenges facing the learner and the role of the teacher.

Gaining a Trinity College Certificate in TESOL as part of your undergraduate degree allows you to gain professional recognition and greatly enhance your employability and professional profile.

PhD in Education (part-time and full-time)

We invite applications from PhD candidates to pursue research in all major aspects of TESOL. Click here to find out more about our specialist areas and supervisors

Study English language

Before you start your degree course

The University's degree courses have an IELTS for UKVI* requirement. Our pre-sessional courses help you meet your IELTS for UKVI* target. The table below gives an example of how this works. The pre-sessional courses finish in time to start your undergraduate / postgraduate course in September or January.

Current IELTS score Required IELTS score Which pre-sessional course(s) you study How long you study an English language course for
IELTS for UKVI* 5.5
(minimum of 5.0 IELTS in all skills)
6 Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Five weeks (summer or autumn)
(minimum of 4.5 IELTS in all skills)
6 Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Ten weeks (summer or autumn)
IELTS for UKVI* 4.5
(no more than one skill at 4.0 IELTS)
6 Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Fifteen weeks (summer only)
IELTS for UKVI* 4.5
(no more than two skills at 4.0 IELTS)
6 Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Twenty weeks (summer only)

* IELTS may be accepted if you do not require a Tier 4 student visa

The TESOL Centre is responsible for running the International Foundation Programme in Art, Design and Media, Business, Law and Social Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and International Education Management (1 year top-up).

During your degree course

It's a good idea to study English while you're doing your course. We offer free English for academic purposes (EAP) classes and one-to-one tutorials as part of the University English Scheme. You don't need to apply for these courses until you have started your degree here.

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