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About Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Newcastle University

Our course provides you with up to date theories and methods in teaching English as a foreign/second language. It will help you to understand key issues in teaching English as a foreign/second language. It will also develop your research skills, enhancing your professional performance in the future.

The course allows you to improve or update your knowledge and understanding of teaching English as a foreign or second language. It has a strong emphasis on:

  • language learning
  • interaction in second language classrooms and wider settings
  • teacher development
  • engagement in learning and with technology

Our staff have experience of teaching around the world. They are actively involved in research and we incorporate relevant research findings into the course content. Dr Mei Lin leads the course.

By the end of the course you will be familiar with current developments in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In particular, you will develop your knowledge of:

  • language learning
  • features of communication in a range of settings
  • teaching methodology

The course is available to:

  • those with teaching experience (in-service) 
  • those without teaching experience (pre-service)
  • lecturers at higher education institutions

Our graduates have found jobs in teaching, management and administrative posts.

Research project

As part of the course you will carry out a research project. This encourages you to explore teaching and learning issues through collecting and analysing data. Our research methods module will provide you with a range of research tools and training.

To ensure a positive learning experience, a variety of support is available, focusing on:

  • expectations
  • critical thinking
  • academic writing


We use a variety of teaching methods to:

  • support your learning experience
  • develop your learning potential
  • prepare you for real-world challenges

Interactive sessions encourage you to apply new knowledge, concepts and skills to your practice. Weekly independent study tasks allow you to engage with and contribute to sessions and seminars.

If you choose to study part time you will take up to 80 credits during your first year. During second year you will complete the remaining credits and conduct your research project.

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Marketer, Head of Global Volunteering, Assistant Sourcing Specialist

A sample of employers our graduates now work for, Elliott Browne Ltd, Actividades Formativas

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Marketer, Head of Global Volunteering, Assistant Sourcing Specialist

A sample of employers our graduates now work for, Elliott Browne Ltd, Actividades Formativas

Data based on responses from 78 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying TESOL and CCC. See more about what our graduates do.


You will have access to the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences' resource centre and iLaB. You will also have access to:

  • the University Library
  • computer clusters and IT services
  • a tailored academic writing course for TESOL

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Notes about fees for this course

See our course-specific Fees and Funding webpage.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

We will also consider your application if you have:

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 4 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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