This Teaching English as a Foreign Language programme (TEFL, also known as TESOL in some countries) based in the School of Education, offers a unique opportunity to study for a qualification which links teaching English to wider issues of school-based education.
The modules will provide you with a strong grounding in theoretical literature as well as appropriate classroom methodology, course design and an introduction to the key research tools. The programme is designed to be practical and you will have opportunities to create bespoke teaching and learning materials as well as visit British schools to observe classroom teaching.
We accept a range of qualifications
English language support - before your course starts
The University offers Presessional English courses for students whose IELTS score does not meet the entry requirements. If you successfully attend one of these courses you won’t need to retake IELTS.
English language support - during your studies
BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham. Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials. For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.
The TEFL programme is aimed at individuals with knowledge and understanding of current debates relevant to the teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language. The aim is to support you in becoming a reflective TEFL practitioner, a competent educational researcher and an active member of the international academic and professional TEFL community.
Foreign Languages in Education: Communicative Language Teaching, Syllabus Design and Assessment
Language Discourse and Society
Second Language Learning
There are 2 core Education Modules.
Education Observation, Evaluation and Supervision
Practitioner Inquiry in Education
There are also several optional modules.
Students may choose one optional module from the options offered across the School, for example:
Curriculum Design in Global Contexts
Citizenship, Human Rights and the Environment
Personal and Professional Skills for Education Management
Leadership for School Improvement
Education as an International Issue
Curriculum and Approaches for Pupils with Autism
The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
In the School of Education, the ´Practioner Inquiry in Education´ module prepares the ground for this choice. This module is completed in the first semester and the MA programme is designed to get you to make an early choice and help with planning. This means you have more time to read around topic and organise data collection. Many overseas students return to their home country to collect data. Others stay in UK and find an suitable research focus here. The TEFL team will help you make this choice. Each student has an individual supervisor who is there to offer advice and support along the way.
The actual dissertation is 15,000 words long. It usually contains a description of the research or teaching context, a section on research methodology, a literature review, analysis and discussion, as well as evaluation. Although it sounds like a large number of words, the main problem students usually have is cutting their work down to the word limit! Students have nearly six months (between April and September) to complete the research and writing.
Our graduates typically find work as EFL teachers in schools and universities in countries around the world, return to their English teaching jobs in their home countries, are promoted to more senior roles within their teaching contexts, or pursue a research qualification (usually a PhD degree). Graduates from the MA Education TEFL are consistently successful in winning prestigious PhD scholarships and awards and present their MA TEFL work at international conferences and in publications.
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