TESOL and Applied Linguistics

Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Salford


Combine an understanding of key theories of language learning and teaching with up-to-date application and teaching methods


Our staff are research active with a variety of TESOL and Applied Linguistics expertise


Expertise in education technology for both language students and for on-going teacher development

Course Summary

This course will give you an excellent grounding in the central areas of linguistics and includes a foundation in applied language study. You will also focus on the practical and theoretical aspects of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

While you are with us, you’ll follow a study programme designed for professional development, including seminars, site visits and opportunities for informal teaching practice.

Work experience is preferred, but not required

Course Details

Course Structure

This course combines theoretical insights in English language teaching (ELT) and learning with practical applications to specified contexts.

Semester 1

You will take two core Modules:

You will develop an understanding of the structure and use of linguistic building blocks, namely the language systems of grammar, lexis, phonology and discourse. You will be equipped to have an understanding of the processes and cognitive, meta-cognitive and socioaffective strategies involved in receivingand producing language, namely the four macro skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
You will gain an understanding of second language learning theories and the key methodological approaches to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). You will also cover the key issues in curriculum and syllabus design in the TESOL field. You will apply your knowledge to specificcontexts of the learning and teaching of second languages.

Semester 2

You will take one core module:

You will gain an understanding and practical experience of a range of methodologies in TESOL / language pedagogy research and applied linguistics research, and will have the opportunity to apply them to linguistic and other data. You will develop an understanding of the issues raised by particular methodologiesand learn to evaluate and analyse different types of linguistic data.

You will also take one elective module:

You will develop an understanding of the role of computer and other mobile technologies for continuing self-directed professional development in TESOL. You will be equipped to make appropriate teaching use of Computer and Mobile Assisted Language Learning (CALL\MALL) and Mobile Assisted Langue Use (MALU)in both classroom and self-study contexts.  You will analyse the criteria and check-lists that are used to evaluate general English paper-based published materials and survey a range of leading paper-based published general English as a Foreign or Second Language (EFL\ESL) materials and, whereapplicable, make adaptations to a specified classroom contexts.


You will develop an understanding of the role of computer and other mobile technologies for continuing self-directed professional development in TESOL. You will be equipped to make appropriate teaching use of Computer and Mobile Assisted Language Learning (CALL\MALL) and Mobile Assisted Langue Use (MALU)in both classroom and self-study contexts.  You will evaluate current models of, and approaches to, the teaching of English for specific purposes (ESP) and be equipped to understand the value and processes of needs analysis. You will produce a brief syllabus for a specific teaching context.

Semester 3

For the full Masters qualification a dissertation is required.

You will undertake a sustained piece of research on an approved topic from within the discipline of TESOL/Applied Linguistics, demonstrating knowledge and understanding through reflection on theoretical issues and their application in practice.
This pathway allows you to take a Trinity TESOL or Cambridge CELTA and to gather data from an aspect of your studies on the course and to use it in your dissertation. It is important to note that: the timeframe for this needs to be aligned to the period for dissertation supervision; The Universityof Salford does not offer this course - students will need to take it elsewhere in the region; all additional costs (including fees) for this course must be met by the student. This pathway allows students to obtain a level 5 practical qualification in TESOL, together with an MA(level 7 qualification). It is particularly well-suited to Home/EU students looking to work in the accredited UK EFL sector.


Year 1, Semester 1

  • Second Language Teaching and Learning

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Technology and Materials in English Language Teaching OR Technology and Teaching English for Specific Purposes

Year 2, Semester 1

  • Language Systems and Skills

Year 2, Semester 2

  • Research Methods for TESOL and Applied Linguistics

Year 3

For the full Masters qualification a dissertation is required:

  • Standard route 12-15,000 word dissertation OR Trinity Cert. TESOL/Cambridge CELTA route 12-15,000 word dissertation

Entry Requirements

An honours degree with a 2:1 grade or above in a relevant field such as education, languages, or linguistics. 


An honours degree with a 2:1 grade or above in any academic subject together with a Grade C or above in an accredited TEFL-initiating qualification (Trinity Certificate TESOL/ Cambridge ESOL CELTA only).

Two references are required with applications.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students with alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience, subject to approval through a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English Language Requirements

Native speakers of a language other than English must provide evidence of proficiency in English: IELTS with an overall band score of 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band).

Suitable For

Graduates who would like to learn more about the English language, how to teach it and how it is learnt.

The course is particularly suitable if you want to become a teacher of English as a second language or to work in a related field. It is also a good starting point if you are looking to go on to doctoral research.

Applicant profile

Applicants should have a strong interest in the what, why and how of teaching and learning English as an international language.

Some teaching experience is an advantage, but this is not a requirement. A teaching credential such as a certificate and/or a diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is also an advantage, as is previous TESOL study at undergraduate level.

A willingness to engage with the extensive literature and to write two coursework essays of anything up to up to 4,000 words for each module is essential – this involves a good understanding of the writing process at postgraduate level.

Suitability for the course is determined by a fully completed application form and supporting documentation including a personal statement and references.

At least one reference should be from a relevant undergraduate module tutor or course leader.


The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes, student-led seminars, discussion of research papers, interactive group work and student discovery, analysis, reflection and evaluation. Self-access work also features on the programme. 

Full-time study requires full–time attendance over a 12 month period (October to September). Part-time study allows students to complete the course over three years.  There is no distance learning option for the course.


Assessment is through a combination of of essay based and practical coursework, the application of theory to practical settings and students’ own teaching and learning contexts, data analysis and problem solving, materials development and/or critique projects, mini-research projects and critical evaluation of published research.


Career Prospects

Graduates of this course frequently go on to work as English language teachers, directors of studies and education managers in schools, colleges and universities.  Employers of our previous graduates include the University of Liverpool, the University of Manchester, various other universities across the globe, state schools, private language schools, further education colleges, education agencies. Some students may go on to further study by research (MPhil), or a doctorate (PhD).

Alumni Profile

Helena Stakounis

Having had a few years teaching practice, I decided I needed to have a higher qualification to support my practical experience.

I found that the course content was well balanced between theory and practical information, which it meant that I could also take some of the ideas and teaching methods of the teachers to use in my own teaching practice. What I liked most was that the classes were always interactive, which meant that I was able to increase my confidence in the classroom, speaking in front of others and interacting with people of different nationalities. The University of Salford provided me with a great network of international friends, which has later enabled me to begin my own language school, The Language Café, http://www.languagecafe.co.uk/

As I had taught before the course, the classes enabled me to fill the gaps in my knowledge of the theories of teaching and be able to understand the reasons behind why we use certain techniques and methods in the classroom. Now, when I teach, I am able to provide my students with tips and advice for studying language, safe in the knowledge that the information I am giving them is backed up by the language learning science I learned while doing the MA. I can safely say that the information, techniques, skills and confidence I gained during the TESOL course I use every single day in my teaching practice.  

I would and always do recommend this course to anyone who asks about it. The experience with Salford was the complete package for me and was the springboard for me really launching my career.

Links with Industry

Staff in the TESOL team have strong links with several professional teaching organisations, including English UK, BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes), IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and NATESOL (Northern Association for Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language). We have been the venue for several NATESOL sessions and student attendance at these professional-development seminars is encouraged throughout the year.

Further Study

Our TESOL researchers have particular interest and expertise in the fields of technology in language education, English for Academic Purposes, issues in language teaching methodology, the learning and teaching of grammar, individual differences and language learning.  


Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£12,500

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,042 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£12,900

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in February 2017.