Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

UCAS codes

Course contact

Dr Margaret Allan
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

MEd - 1 year Full-time


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
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The Masters of Education (MEd) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a professional qualification, offered in flexible mode, for those who teach, or plan to teach English to speakers of other languages within the school, college or university contexts.

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Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 
Students should hold a first degree and either be practicing teachers of TESOL or intend to enter the profession. IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. 

Exceptions may be made in the case of applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant experience together with recent academic study. 

English Language Requirements 
Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
The programme is offered on a full-time basis to home and international students at Paisley Campus. It is also available to home students on a flexible, blended learning basis, with some attendance at Paisley and London Campuses. It is aimed at those who intend to work as TESOL professionals, teaching English at home or abroad.

Students will be equipped with the relevant, practical teaching and English language skills as well as the confidence and citizenship skills gained from developing language learnt in situ. You will be supported, throughout, in considering the role of language in a global context and the associated benefits for citizens, nationally and internationally, as developing linguists; that is, how to enhance both their own prospects and those of their prospective students in a global context.

There will be opportunities for practice-related learning for all students: this will comprise the opportunity to use practical knowledge of language and teaching pedagogy gained from the programme on a short teaching practice within the field of TESOL.

Your Learning

The MEd TESOL comprises six modules and a dissertation:

  • Introduction to language Analysis
  • Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching
  • Research Methods
  • Theories of Second Language Acquisition

You will begin with the compulsory ‘Introduction to language Analysis’ and ‘Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching’ modules. You will also choose one of the modules below to complete the Certificate; and another of the modules below plus ‘Research Methods’ and ‘Theories of Second Language Acquisition’ modules to complete the Diploma:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • English as a Global Language
  • Intercultural Theory and Global Citizenship
  • Language, Identity and Power
  • Working with Young Learners

You will then complete a dissertation, the title of which is to be agreed with the Programme Leader.

Employment opportunities for teachers who hold a first degree and a Masters in TESOL are excellent: this qualification is a requirement for many TESOL jobs within the UK and internationally. The professional skills acquired and developed during this programme are highly regarded by employers globally.