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Year of Entry 2019/20

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Widen your range of career options in English language teaching and gain practical classroom teaching experience.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,200 for the course
International: £13,500 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Access teaching opportunities around the world.
  • Study in the UK alongside others from across the globe.
  • Draw on current research to enhance your understanding of English language teaching.
  • Gain practical teaching skills through micro-teaching, optional teaching practice, and observing experienced teachers.
  • Develop research skills and conduct an independent research project that can enable a pathway to doctoral studies.

On this course, you'll join a community of MA TESOL students at all stages of their careers, along with British Council-accredited English language teachers, experienced teacher educators, and leading researchers. You'll develop as a teacher and prepare for the next step in your career.

How you learn

Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Donaghue explains how the TESOL MA at Hallam imparts the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence needed for teaching.

Our course is timetabled so that you attend university two days a week. This allows you to balance the course with other work and commitments.

Typical topics include English language teaching methodologies, how second languages are learned, teacher development and language analysis. You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue your own academic interests in an independent research project.

As part of the MA TESOL course, we also provide a weekly bespoke academic literacies class throughout the academic year

You learn through

  • interactive workshops
  • guided observations
  • collaborative activities such as lesson planning, microteaching, and group work
  • one-to-one tutorials with module leaders
  • guided reading
  • participation in lectures
  • collaboration with a research supervisor

Course leaders and tutors

Diana Ridley
Diana Ridley
MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Course Leader

Diana teaches on both the distance learning and full-time campus based masters courses in TESOL and has substantial experience of both masters and PhD research super … Read more

Applied learning

Applied learning

As well as the master’s qualification you also have the opportunity to complete the internationally-recognised Trinity Certificate TESOL, which includes supervised teaching practice. This is an excellent way to combine the academic knowledge of your master’s qualification with applied teaching experience in a supportive environment.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a micro-teaching project in which you teach English for academic purposes (EAP) to peers and then analyse a video of your lesson with a teaching partner and tutor.

Future careers

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • universities
  • private language centres
  • international language schools
  • further education institutions
  • primary and high schools

Recent graduates have gone on to work as

  • teachers
  • managers
  • researchers
  • teacher educators
  • PhD or EdD students
Student success story
Wendy Weng

"MA TESOL offers the perfect blend of theoretical learning and hands-on, practical work. The tutors are knowledgeable and supportive and there are lots of opportunities to put what you’ve learnt into practice."
Wendy Weng, MA TESOL

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

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

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Entry requirements

All students

An honours degree or equivalent.

If English is not your first language we also require an IELTS score of 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Analysing Language Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing As An English Language Teacher Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Elt Methodologies Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project (Ma) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Second Language Learning Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.

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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.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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