Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (online)

Study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (on-line) and graduate with a university degree

MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (online)
  • Type Part-time
  • Start date June. Face to face teaching week - Monday 20th - Friday 24th July 2015

Tracy Hoggan
TESOL Secretary
University of Stirling
Scotland, UK
+44 (0) 1786 467934 www.stir.ac.uk/education

1st in Scotland for research in Education in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise

This course offers a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at a level appropriate to graduates who already have a sound academic training.

Course objectives

TESOL provides an advanced training and professional qualification for people presently engaged in any area of the teaching of English as a foreign or second language. It also offers professional development to people new to TESOL who are seeking a career change. On completion, you should possess the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident, critically reflective and enterprising teacher.

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.  Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in speaking & listening; 6.5 in reading & writing).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Our range of pre-sessional courses.

Modes of study

Part-time: three years

Course start date

June. Face to face teaching week - Monday 20th - Friday 24th July 2015

Structure and content

You will take four modules. Those entering the course with a recent Cambridge DELTA or Trinity College London Licentiate Diploma can apply for accreditation for the pedagogic module:

  • (TESPD1) Pedagogy and Practice - This module will provide the basic knowledge of the processes underlying the teaching of the skills and sub-skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking of English. It will also provide an overview of current theory and practice in the teaching of the elements of English: grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.
  • (TESPD2) Second Language Learning (SLA): Theory and Research - This module will introduce students to the process of language learning to adults and young learners from the perspective of current theory and research. It will engage students in critically exploring some of the main developments in second language theory and research.
  • (TESPD3) 21st Century Classroom: Technologies, Concepts and Materials - A practical module which will develop the use of a range of advanced and specialised skills in the production and use of multimedia, computer assisted language learning materials. The module will also provide students with an understanding of the potential and limitations of computers and information technology in language teaching and learning. It will enable participants to identify, select and critically evaluate educational software to enhance their teaching of English.
  • (TESPD4) Language and Discourse Analysis - This module will provide an introduction to the techniques of linguistic description and analysis for English language teaching. It will concentrate on the systematic analysis of the grammar of English. It will also develop students’ critical knowledge and understanding of some approaches to analysing discourse in the field of applied linguistics, one of the intellectual fields which informs the teaching of English to speakers of other languages

The Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL is awarded on the successful completion of two coursework modules. The Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL is awarded on successful completion of four coursework modules. The MSc TESOL is awarded upon successful completion of four coursework modules plus a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Delivery and assessment

Delivery of modules is carried out mainly through distance and face to face. Learning and professional development is facilitated by regular guided group work tasks online. Progress is assessed by coursework assignments and, for the MSc, the dissertation.

Recommended reading

This will be sent to you once you have completed the application process.

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

This will be available towards the end of the summer.

Module titles

For Academic Year 2015/16

The MSc TESOL online course is currently in the process of being re-developed and will be updated when more detail is available. The areas/topics that will be covered within the course will be:

  • Pedagogy and Practice
  • Second Language Learning (SLA): Theory and Research
  • 21st Century Classroom: Technologies, Concepts and Materials
  • Language and Discourse Analysis 

Why study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (online) at Stirling?

Course Director

Anne Lawrie


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

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RAE rating

The School of Education was ranked 1st in Scotland in the Research Assessment Exercise.

Career opportunities

English is regarded as the most widely spoken language in the world and a qualification in TESOL can open up the opportunity of an English Language Teaching career or, in the case of experienced teachers, can provide access to promoted posts and management positions within English Language Teaching. On completion of the MSc in TESOL, overseas graduates will be well prepared to sit all three modules of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations TKT.

Recent graduates have taken up posts overseas or in the field of ESOL in the UK. For more experienced teachers, the qualification has provided access to positions with the British Council or in the tertiary sector.


The course provides students with a ‘career change’ opportunity enabling them, on successful completion to confidently seek employment as a TESOL tutor. For experienced practitioners, it enhances their professional knowledge and understanding of the TESOL sector which enables them to adopt greater responsibility and leadership in their own or future work environment.

Industry connections

The course draws on practitioners and best practice from across the TESOL sector, focusing on the development of advanced professional capabilities and knowledge in language learning and teaching.


2016/17 Overseas £1,500 per 20 credit module / £3,000 per 40 credit module
2016/17 Home/EU £670 per 20 credit module / £1,340 per 40 credit module
2015/16 Overseas £1,500 per 20 credit module / £3,000 per 40 credit module
2015/16 Home/EU £670 per 20 credit module / £1,340 per 40 credit module
2014/15 Overseas £2,000 per 30 credit module
2014/15 Home/EU £920 per 30 credit module


You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.


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