Undergraduate study
Education, Early Childhood & Youth

BA (Hons) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Top Up*

This programme will provide you with foundation knowledge and understanding of English language learning and teaching theory, as well as practice in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Throughout the programme, you will be exposed to various forms of the English language with modules specifically focussed on the learning and teaching of language skills (reading and writing; listening and speaking) and the learning and teaching of language systems (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and functions).

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  • Length: 1 year

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  • Not available part-time

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  • Facilities

    Education, Early Childhood & Youth facilities

    The facilities available to Education, Early Childhood and Youth students at Teesside University are ideal preparation for a career in education. Students have access to many of the kind of resources that you would expect to find in an educational setting.


There will also be a Research Methods module and a Dissertation module. For your dissertation, you will be offered a choice of more specialist English language themes such as Language and Culture, English Language for Science and Technology, Business Language, and Language and Resources for Younger Learners.

You will be provided with the opportunity to take the internationally-recognised Cambridge CELTA teaching qualification in the June of your graduating year, a sought after professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. To proceed on to the CELTA, graduates should demonstrate strong CEFR C1 language skills.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules


You are given the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of interest. Themes offered include language and culture, English for science and technology, business English, and language and resources for younger learners.

Language and Learning Focus on Literacy

This module provides you with knowledge of reading and writing skills, grammatical and functional systems which underpin English language learning.

It enables you to develop language sub-skills such as bottom-up and top-down processing for reading, as well as organisational and editing skills for writing. In addition, the module enables you to notice grammatical language features and to analyse these English language features effectively to support language development in specific contexts.

Language and Learning Focus on Oral Skills

This module equips you with knowledge and understanding of how listening and speaking skills are developed by speakers of other languages than English, in addition to lexical and phonological systems which underpin English language learning.

It enables you to develop language sub-skills such as discrimination, segmentation and anticipation for listening, as well as fluency, accuracy and use of discourse markers for speaking. You are expected to become better able to notice lexical features such as word class and word collocation, as well as key phonological features of English, which are analysed in specific language development contexts.

Research Methods

The module will prepare you to complete your dissertation by focussing on approaches to the process of research.

Teaching ESOL

This module provides you with an historical context in which to consider modern approaches to teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). You gain practical knowledge of learning and teaching in a TESOL context, covering areas such as classroom management, planning, delivery and assessment.

The module enables you to develop your own classroom teaching skills through observation, practice and reflection. Learning is assessed through the medium of an observed teaching session and a teaching portfolio is developed over the course of the module.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Class sizes are normally between 10 to 30 students. Your workload is 240 hours directed study and 1,200 total assigned hours.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a number of ways: formative feedback is given on a range of tasks including essays and presentations; summative assessment includes the production of academic essays, the production of a teaching portfolio of evidence and a viva in relation to areas of English language learning taught on the programme. This programme is 100% end course assessment and returning marked work and providing feedback is within 4 weeks of submission via e@t.

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Career opportunities

This programme opens up the world of teaching English as a foreign language, particularly when combined with the CELTA qualification offered at Teesside at the end of the programme. Given the exponential growth of the TESOL industry in recent years, there are rich and varied work opportunities for our graduates. The University will offer specific guidance and support regarding employment in this field.

Entry requirements

Level 5 or equivalent in any subject; and
- a strong interest in the English language; and
- a strong interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages; and
- IELTS 6, with no band below 5.5 for non-native speakers.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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* Subject to University approval

Course information


  • Length: 1 year

More full-time details


  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information