English language teaching

In our era of global communication, more people speak English than ever before.

English language teaching

Aspire for a global career? Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is the perfect way to start your adventure!

Our courses are ideal if you want to teach English to non-native speakers. You gain an in-depth understanding of the English language coupled with the teaching skills you need. It's not just teaching, the knowledge and skills you develop prepares you for a range of possible careers in the media, administration, business and education; in fact, any job where the ability to apply critical thinking to problems, conduct independent research and communicate the results is required.

Why study here?
  • Gain practical experience and a TEFL-initiate qualification on successful completion.
  • Our lecturers are internationally recognised for their language research.
  • Tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals.
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Open the door to a whole new world and explore the English language 

Our courses will provide you with a deep understanding of the structure and uses of this century's global language and the ability to teach it to non-native speakers. As well as opportunities to teach around the world, this course provides knowledge and skills which can prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Why study here?
  • Perfect the skills to take on a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) role anywhere in the world.
  • Study in our world-renowned language and linguistics department.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a course which adapts to suit your needs and builds on your experience.

At Essex, we can offer you a supervised research route providing you have a solid knowledge of existing research in the field and a good understanding of research methods. 

We offer this course through two routes

Many of our former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world, as teachers and/or as academic researchers, but also in teacher education. 

Why study here?
  • Study in our world-renowned language and linguistics department.
  • Many of our former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world.
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, intensity weighted GPA, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.