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BA (Honours) Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (1 year top-up)

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BA (Honours)

Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (1 year top-up)

Develop your knowledge of English language, teaching methods and policy - gaining the grounding you need to teach it as a foreign language.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £15,860 per year
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2023

Course summary

  • Learn how to plan, teach and present English language lessons and learning activities.
  • Critically reflect on teaching experiences.
  • Understand how teaching and learning principles are applied to teaching practice.
  • Learn about contemporary international English language education and undertake a small research study.

TESOL involves teaching English to children or adults in varied international educational settings. The course focuses on developing English for education and language teaching, issues in education, teaching methods and comparative research. Successful completion can help you progress to the MA TESOL, MA Education or an initial English language teaching qualification.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course adopts a student-centred approach to learning with opportunities to interact with other learners, apply your knowledge to language teaching problems and reflect on experience. You will observe, be taught and mentored by staff with extensive experience of English language teaching, supporting international students and initial teacher training on undergraduate programmes.

The course aims to provide students with the skills most valued by employers: identifying and solving problems, exhibiting criticality in thinking and writing, communicating effectively and working as a team.

You learn through

  • seminars exploring key concepts in language teaching, policy and research
  • practical workshops with active learning tasks
  • observing lessons taught by experienced teachers
  • 1:1 supervision, tutorials and lesson planning guidance
  • reflecting on teaching experiences
  • individual and group presentations
  • structured and independent study
  • technology enhanced learning

Course leaders and tutors

Helen Thompson
Helen Thompson
Senior Lecturer

I am the course leader for Trinity Certificate TESOL, which is taken by undergraduates on a range of courses

Applied learning

Live projects

Throughout the course, your studies will be applied through research projects and modules, as well as in the teaching of groups and individuals. You'll consider certain aspects of learning in detail, and gain an in-depth knowledge of the English language.

Throughout, you'll reflect on your learning and teaching experiences, and develop your own practice. You'll be supported throughout in academic tutorials, which will help you to develop and identify ways to improve.

Networking opportunities

There will also be networking opportunities with other students studying on undergraduate and postgraduate TESOL modules.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
  • further studies

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • classroom technologies and equipment to prepare for classroom teaching
  • activity schedules to help structure and manage your individual learning experience
  • authentic English language teaching materials, course book, resource books and audio-visual resources
  • print and electronic resources in the Learning Centre
  • digital resources in a virtual learning environment
  • language learning applications
  • specialist data bases to access current material relevant to individual modules

Entry requirements

All students

Applicants normally need to hold 240 from Levels 4 and 5 or equivalent. You would have normally have studied a qualification such as:

• a Foundation Degree or Diploma e.g. the Diploma of Dazhuan, with some relevant content in language or education at Level 4 and Level 5.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and successfully finish the course.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Comparative Research Of Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary Issues In Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: English For Academic Study And Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Induction To Classroom Teaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Language For English Language Teachers Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Teaching Individual Language Learners Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching, education and childhood studies courses (PDF, 312KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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