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English Language Centre


Degree MA
Year of Entry 2016
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 2236


The English Language Centre's MA TESOL programme offers excellent opportunities to develop careers in English language teaching for inexperienced teachers or for those starting out in the field.

The programme is designed for anyone with an interest in the wider aspects of teaching English as a foreign language, combining innovative classroom practices with an understanding of issues such as language structure and research methodology.

Course Structure

The programme offers a core of syllabus design and assessment, with greater depth provided through further required modules focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of the English language and on classroom practice. Students then have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base by taking three or four further optional modules covering a wide range of relevant areas. The MA is completed by a 15,000-word dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Basic Research Methods
  • Language for Teachers 
  • Language Teaching Methods and Practice
  • Fundamentals in ELT.

Previous optional modules have included:

  • World Englishes
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • ELT Materials Development and Evaluation
  • Discourse Texts and TESOL
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Second Language Acquisition: Perspectives for Teachers
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Pragmatics and the Language Classroom.

You can also choose to study an optional module offered to students across the University as one of your four optional modules.

  • Expert English
  • Foreign Language. 

MA Streams

You can choose to further focus your Masters qualification through our programme streams. To qualify, you must choose one of the below as an optional module and complete your dissertation in the same topic area.

ELC MA programmes are delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions and micro-teaching sessions, giving students a solid grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the field. In many cases, contact hours will be a mixture of these approaches (rather than, say, a session consisting solely of a two hour lecture). The balance will depend on the particular module, with some more suited to a lecture/seminar approach, others being of a more practical nature.

The focus throughout the programmes is on independent learning and student engagement, with students expected to participate in presentations, micro-teaching and the like. The average weekly number of contact hours over the first two terms is 12, with students filling the remaining time with reading, class preparation and assignments.

In addition, starting in the first term, students attend a series of dissertation sessions (typically 2 hours per fortnight) culminating in a poster conference in term 3. Students are assigned a dissertation supervisor, and can expect 3 or 4 meetings during term 3 and the summer.

Students each have an academic tutor, with whom they will meet on average once a term, and all staff have office hours.

Subjects required, level and graded

A good first degree (UK 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent).

English Language requirements

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Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page

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