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This Master's programme is the only one in London with an exclusive focus on 'teaching' encompassing the areas of TESOL and TEFL - as opposed to Applied Linguistics and is aimed at practising teachers as a form of continuing professional development.

Please note that the course is not a teaching qualification but an academic award which not only enhances job opportunities but also enables graduates to pursue further studies at a doctoral level. However, if you do not have enough classroom experience and want to become a qualified teacher of English as you study the MA, we offer a module (Teaching Practicum) leading to CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). At UEL, the certificate can be obtained in only 12 weeks.*

Upon completion, our graduates normally apart from following a PhD route, also become teacher trainers, consultants and advisors in the areas of English Language Teaching and Education, publishers, and school managers, among other high-stake posts

Speaking our native language comes naturally. Acquiring a second language is a much more complex undertaking that a skilled teacher can make easier. This fascinating course will give you a deeper understanding of the field of English language teaching in the UK and in a global context. It addresses the language systems of English, as well as reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also examine second-language acquisition theories and the impact that these have on English language teaching pedagogy.

You will explore the implications of the global spread of English, the rise of 'new Englishes' around the world and the political and cultural dimensions of teaching English as an international language.

Ultimately, the course will open up exciting and stimulating career opportunities, both nationally and internationally, as a teacher of English or as someone who will shape the future of English language teaching.

*This module only runs when there is a minimum of 10 participants and is only available to on campus students. Additional fees apply.

What makes this course different


Study in a multilingual environment

You could not choose a location in which English language teaching is more relevant. East London is a hugely multicultural, multilingual environment.

Students in a classroom.

Personalised tuition

The student-to-staff ratio on this course is low - less than 10:1 - which means that you will receive personalised tuition and dedicated support when it comes to choosing your areas of study and research.

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A diverse student body

Our student intake on this course is highly diverse and international, with students coming from countries all over the world. Everyone has plenty of direct experience to share, which makes for an extremely rich learning environment.


The course consists of four modules and a dissertation, which includes research methods training.

You will look at the theoretical, conceptual side of language systems within the field of applied linguistics. You will explore how we can draw on these theories to devise a curriculum and learning materials.

Because English is a world language, both power and ideology are intertwined with its teaching. The course offers a chance to examine the politics or the social dimensions of teaching English as a foreign and as a second language.

For instance, English is associated with modernisation in some parts of the world. In developing countries, it can be seen as key to social mobility, even if that is more discourse than reality.

Subjects such as these will form the basis of discussion seminars as you explore how theory works in practice.

You will also be exposed to research methodologies in the Second Language Acquisition module and have the opportunity to work on a dissertation that involves language data collection, perhaps from your own students.



  • Core Modules

    Second Language Acquisition and ELT

    The purpose of this module is to explore and critically review ideas and theories on second language acquisition and the relevance that these have on the development of approaches underpinning teaching practices. The module reviews the major theories of learning and of second language development encompassing the views of behaviourism, cognitivism, innatism, constructivism, socio-constructivism, multiple intelligences, and humanistic approaches, including the contributions of positive psychology within instructed second language acquisition with a focus on learners’ individual variation. The module aims to provide a general understanding of the relationships between first language acquisition (L1) and the learning of additional languages (L2) so that this knowledge can inform your lesson planning and delivery so that you develop further competences to offer a more personalised language support to all types of learners.


    Applied Research Project in ELT

    This module provides you with a possibility to undertake a small-scale classroom-based inquiry in one of the fields of English Language Teaching, informed by your reflective practice and by current research. The aim of the applied research project is to introduce you to the practice of empirical research, improve your understanding and expertise of language teaching and enhance the learning outcomes of your learners. You will be expected to make a series of decisions in relation to the choice of research methods and methodology to formulate a research question, identify the aims and purposes of your study, apply a suitable research design, collect data from informants, analyse and interpret evidence as well as present findings to a general non-specialist audience. Whilst designing and undertaking your study, you will be able to develop your awareness of the roles of research in teachers' professional development and think of it as a a scholarly activity with a potential to bring about changes and innovations to the English language classroom.


    Language Awareness for ELT

    The module introduces you to the study of the formal system of grammar of English at both a sentence and textual level while providing current views on the grammatical competence of English teachers to inform their professional practice. The module is divided into two concurrent parts: Part A covers aspects of syntax, morphology, phonetics and phonology, and textual functions while Part B offers a contemporary view on different grammar topics aiming at developing your own language awareness and knowledge of English, encouraging your reading comprehension and independent reflective thinking.


    Teaching and Learning ELT

    This module aims to develop your existing knowledge of language teaching and learning methodology. Emphasis is placed on the value of reflection on your teaching experience and consider how different views on teaching English can contribute to enhance your existing knowledge, skills and competences. The module also aims to enhance your capacity to reflect critically and evaluate key concepts and practices in ELT to identify features of good practice in this field by undertaking a small-scale survey study where you will learn the basics of research design and reporting of findings.

    Optional Modules

    Approaches to Teaching and Learning in ELT

    This module aims to develop your existing knowledge of language teaching and learning methodology. Emphasis is placed on the value of reflection on your teaching experience and consider how different views on teaching English can contribute to enhance your existing knowledge, skills and competences. The module also aims to enhance your capacity to reflect critically and evaluate key concepts and practices in ELT to identify features of good practice in this field by undertaking a small-scale survey study where you will learn the basics of research design and reporting of findings.


    Teaching Practicum

    The module is aimed at students who do not have teaching experience or a professional qualification in ELT. As such, it enables you to acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching; acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners and demonstrate an ability to apply your learning in a real teaching context. The successful completion of this module will enable you to work in a variety of ELT contexts in the UK and around the world.


This rewarding master's course can be studied on a one-year full-time basis or part-time for between two and six years. This means it can fall in with your life or teaching commitments.

The course has a strong focus on classroom practice and emphasises discussion and student contribution throughout.

Your fellow students will come to the MA from a wide range of countries and educational contexts. Such diversity guarantees a rich learning environment to which you can contribute your deepening knowledge of a complex and rapidly developing field.

The lectures have more of a seminar feel, with every student encouraged to respond to the lecture material and to contribute your own anecdotal experience.

You will study one module per term. You are expected to show independent thinking and to read and critically engage with a wide range of set and recommended texts.

Extra essay seminars will be laid on for all of the assignments and main essay assessments. In these seminars, preliminary draft essays produced by students will be taken as the starting point for discussions.

It is envisaged that a series of external speakers will share their expertise in particular topics throughout the year.


As the course is practical in nature, there are no examinations. There are written assignments for each module (either one of 5,000 words or two of 2,500 words each). These may include essays, book or article reviews, the creation and evaluation of pedagogic materials and small-scale action research projects.

You will also write a 14,000-word dissertation, which is your opportunity to investigate a specific field of study in depth. An important part of the dissertation and overall assessment will be research methods training.


Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Mario Moya

Mario Moya is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education and Communities, where he leads the MA in English Language Teaching.

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What we're researching

At the School of Education and Communities, we have developed an expertise in language education, in particular, teaching and learning in multicultural contexts. Dr Mario Moya, Course Leader for the MA English Language Teaching, focuses his research on second language acquisition and the role of language learning strategies in second/additional languages. He is a consultant for the British Council and works in cooperationwith universities worldwide to enhance teaching and learning through the development of academic literacies and the use of neuroscience. The MA in English Language Teaching is linked to the Higher Education and the Teacher Education Research Groups.


This master's course is one of the ways you can become qualified to teach English to speakers of other languages, either in the UK or abroad, but it also offers much more.

On the teaching side, you may decide to enter the burgeoning world of English language teaching schools. There are a huge number of these in London.

You may want to teach English in other parts of the world.  A master's qualification will increase the opportunities to pursue such a career.

By upgrading your professional qualifications, you will also open up promotion opportunities.

It could you help you become the subject head in English language teaching or assume deputy head and head teacher roles in the future.

You will become qualified to lead other teachers and to shape the future of English language teaching by devising and writing learning policies and materials or by working in a curriculum coordinator role.

Some of our international students have returned to their home countries to take up Ministry of Education roles that require a postgraduate degree in English language teaching or language studies.

The course will also equip you to pursue an academic career in the field of English language teaching, perhaps through the research route or in an associated subject such as Applied Linguistic Studies.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our  Career Coach portal.