MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Year of Entry 2025/26
Students in classroom chatting


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...

  • Pound sign

    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,620 for the course
    International/EU: £17,725 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2025

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.

Student view
Watch student Katy Redgrove speak about her experience on the course.

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.

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

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.

City Campus

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

City Campus map | City Campus tour 

City Campus map

Howard Street
S1 1WB

Get directions
students working on computers in the library
Adsetts library

Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

Learn more

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.

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


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Exploring Language In Use: Theory To Classroom Application
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Methods And Innovations In Language Teaching
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Practical(60%)
Research Methods In Tesol
Credits 30
Assessment Practical(100%)
Research Project
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Innovating Curricula
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Language Learning And Language Learners
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2025/26 is £10,620 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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 2025/26 is £17,725 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

Students sat on a sofa

Postgraduate student loans

Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

Learn more

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, 357KB)

Legal information

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

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


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2024

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

Not ready to apply just yet?

Why not come to our next open day? Open days are the perfect place to talk to staff and students, visit our campuses and get all the information you need. Alternatively, feel free to ask us a question.

Come to an open day Ask a question

Why choose us?

A trophy icon


We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

An office building icon


Study at Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE), one of the country's largest providers of teacher training

A trophy icon


We are rated Ofsted outstanding for all initial teacher training courses, across all age phases (March 2024).

Where next?

Find out more about Sheffield Hallam's postgraduate opportunities and community.

Two attendees wearing coats, speak to a member of staff at a stand within the University's atrium

Come to an open day

You can chat to teaching and admissions staff, view our facilities and learn more about your funding options.

Book now
A crowd of attendees browsing stalls in the Sheffield Hallam atrium during an open day

Sign up for updates

Receive emails about postgraduate study, including application reminders and alerts for open days.

Sign up
Three female and one male student sat together around a table drinking hot beverages in a cafe.

Information for international students

Information for international students including entry requirements by country and funding.

Learn more

Cancel event

Are you sure you want to cancel your place on Saturday 12 November?