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MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Year of Entry 2022/23

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £8,745 for the course
International/EU: £14,895 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2022

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 observing experienced teachers and teaching practice.
  • 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.

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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.

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.

Our lectures are timetabled so that you can attend university just two days a week. This allows you to balance the course with work and other commitments. Typical topics include English language teaching methodologies, how second languages are learned, teacher development and language analysis.

All modules allow you to focus on specific areas in TESOL, such as English for Academic Purposes, Young Learners or Assessment, and the flexible research project encourages you to specialise in a research setting of your choice.

You learn through

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

Course leaders and tutors

Nicolas Moore
Nicolas Moore


Applied learning

Throughout the course, we support you in observations, reflections, planning and delivering teaching experiences. Whether you are new to teaching or have years of experience, our focus on teacher development will make a difference to your future career.

Learning Support

You can find help at every step of your journey with us. From guidance during registration and a thorough induction programme, to the excellent support from student services through Hallam Help and the award-winning International Student Experience team, you can always find assistance and encouragement.

Regular classes for MA TESOL students to improve academic writing and speaking focus on the language and skills needed for your assignments. You will be assigned an academic tutor for the year and all modules offer one-to-one support from module leaders.

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 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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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'.


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: Analysing Language 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
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advancing Your Tesol Career Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: English For Specific Purposes In Theory And Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Teaching Practice In Tesol Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Technology-Assisted Language Learning Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 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/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 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.

Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF, 257.5KB)

Legal information

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


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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