Education: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) - MA

​​This Master's degree covers the fundamentals of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Master's level. 

Students will examine key issues in the field including teaching methods in English Language Teaching, teaching English to Young Lear​ners and English for Specific Purposes, including English for Academic Purposes.​

​Course Content​​

This programme will undergo periodic review in April 2022. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed. 

The MA Education TESOL is a level 7 Master's level course that will be delivered full time over one year. Core modules bear 15 credits each and include Second Language Acquisition and Description of English for Language Teachers. The programme also includes four 30 credit optional modules: Introduction to TESOL Methodology; Education, Diversity and Equality; Teaching English to Young Learners; Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes.​​​​

Educational Aims of the Programme

The educational aims of the programme are to offer high quality and employability-focussed postgraduate modules, which combine theory and practice, in the discipline of TESOL. The curriculum offered is distinctive, international, and challenging. The aim is to produce graduates who are flexible, proactive, culturally sensitive and digitally literate people who achieve the Graduate Attributes identified by Cardiff Metropolitan University. We aim to develop students' criticality, imagination, voice and creativity as well as their professional skills over the duration of the programme.  


The programme is offered on a one-year, full-time basis, though you can undertake these degrees part-time should you wish. Teaching and research are spread over 50 weeks per year. Study is undertaken at Level 7 and comprises 180 credits at this level. The structure is shown in the table below:

The MA Education: TESOL includes the following modules:

  • Description of English for Language Teachers (Core module, 15 credits)

This module explores the description of English used in the Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages and will equip students with key linguistic concepts, terms and tools necessary for describing language for pedagogical purposes. The module introduces students to the systems of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse and will help students describe and analyse learner errors. The course also focuses on evaluating the usefulness of teaching materials in terms of the language being taught.

  • Second Language Acquisition (Core module, 15 credits)

This module introduces the key topics, theories, concepts and research in the study of second language acquisition and will extend this knowledge to critical evaluation of the implications for language teaching. The module focuses on key areas such as: the impact of age in SLA; the role of input, output and interaction on the success of language learning; the role of instruction and feedback in the development of second language grammar; incidental versus intentional learning of vocabulary; and the impact that individual differences can have on acquisition of a second language.

  • Introduction to TESOL Methodology (Optional module, 30 credits)

This module is aimed at students with little or no previous teaching experience and will provide an introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL). The module focuses on the nature of English language learners, who they are and why they need to learn English and the purposes they will use the language for. The module discusses the various teaching methods and materials which are typically used in English language teaching contexts and will show students how to evaluate teaching materials as well as giving hands-on practice in developing their own materials. Students will learn how to plan and teach lessons, and the course provides opportunities for observing experienced English teachers at work. 

  • Education, Diversity and Equality (Optional module, 30 credits)

This module will provide students with a critical understanding of contemporary research and practice in education and equality. The module examines key theories and concepts surrounding education and equality (e.g. gender, EAL, bullying, looked after children) and relates theory to practical examples. In addition, students will explore legislation and policy in relation to education and equality. 

  • Teaching English to Young Learners (Optional Module, 30 credits)

This module provides an introduction to methods of teaching English which will support young learners' language development. The module will introduce current popular syllabi used in teaching young learners, such as content-based, integrated, topic and task-based and will introduce the main principles of materials design for young learners. Students will gain an understanding of children's reading, writing and spelling development in English as an L2. Students will learn about various ways of assessing young learners and will develop the ability to undertake classroom-based research in the areas studied. 

  • Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes (Optional Module, 30 credits)

This module introduces relevant theories of teaching English for specific and academic purposes and  examines key research in the area. It introduces students to practical concepts in English for Specific Purposes including designing appropriate curricula to meet the needs of learners and their assessment. Students will explore the tension between content and meaning in English for Specific Purposes and the module will provide students with the skills and knowledge to conduct meaningful needs analyses in topics as diverse as engineering, medicine, business and English for Academic Purposes.

  • MA Dissertation (60 credits)

Students are required to conduct an original piece of research under the guidance of a supervisor. Students will be required to apply knowledge in original and innovative ways drawing upon research at the forefront of their academic field and must demonstrate critical evaluation of current research literature in the discipline. This level and quantity of work reflects research and dissertation requirements at Master's level.

Learning & Teaching​

The MA Education TESOL course will be delivered via a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, peer teaching sessions, as well as individual and group work. In addition to timetabled delivery, there will be elements of self-study and independent learning which will reinforce the content delivered in face-to-face contact sessions.

In addition, student will be required to engage fully in the university's Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, which serves as a tool for independent learning.

Cardiff Metropolitan University has an excellent Student Services department which provides pastoral support to all students as well as a dedicated International Welfare Team based in our International Office​​. Apart from taught sessions which will make up the majority of the face-to-face delivery on the MA Education TESOL course, office hours for lecturers are normally between 9am and 5pm. We also allocate every student with their own Personal Tutor for academic support.


Assessment will be in a variety of forms, from more traditional methods such as coursework and written assignment to oral presentations. Our library offers academic support for assessments and assignment writing via the library pages on the Student Room. The International Office also offer free of charge academic support for International Students.​​

Employability & Careers​

​Graduates from the MA Education TESOL course will be able to apply for teaching posts in a variety of contexts that teach English to speakers of other languages. These include private language schools, training departments in professional contexts and university based English language departments. Opportunities for further study for graduates from the programme are to progress on to PhD level study within the Cardiff School of Education or in other universities.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should have a good honours degree or equivalent. For applicants whose first language is not English, such candidates must normally be able to demonstrate on entry English Language proficiency at or equivalent to an IELTS overall score of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 on the Writing paper.

Selection Procedure:
Students are selected on the basis of an application form and a well-written personal statement. An interview may also be requested.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS overall score of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 on the Writing paper. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director, Dr Nikolaos Konstantakis:

Tel:  029 2020 ​5677

Key Course Information

Place of Study:
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

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