Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Combined BA/BSc (Hons) - University of Sunderland

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Combined BA/BSc (Hons)

Course overview

English is the top language of the internet and the world’s third most widely spoken language. So it’s no surprise that TESOL can open up job opportunities around the world.

Modules within the subject of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages include ‘Principles and Practice of TESOL’, ‘Psychology of Language Learning’ and ‘Language Learning and Intercultural Competence’.

A number of modules include structured opportunities for gaining practical experience. For example, the ‘Students as Tutors’ module requires you to spend time teaching in the local community. 

A popular combination is TESOL and a modern foreign language. This will help you function comfortably in a non-English speaking country where you are teaching English.

Another popular combination is TESOL and English language and linguistics. This will allow you to develop your broad knowledge of language while simultaneously developing your capacity to teach English to others.

A further possibility is to combine TESOL with tourism. This helps you to be internationally mobile with skills that are useful across the world.

You can combine TESOL with any other subject in the Combined Subjects programme. You can choose to spend a third, half, or two thirds of your study time on it.

Our tutors provide a very supportive learning environment. As experienced language teachers, they are experts in motivating people to learn and in making the subject as relevant as possible.

Course content

A major/minor combination involves taking two thirds of your credits in the major subject, and one third in the minor subject. With a dual combination you take an equal number of credits in both subjects.

If you take a dual combination with one subject that is a BA and one which is a BSc, the award of a BA or BSc is determined by the subject in which you complete your final project or dissertation.

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)

Core modules for all routes

  • Principles and Practice of TESOL (the context) (20 Credits)
  • Language and Culture (20 Credits)

Year 2 (national level 5)

Core modules for all routes

  • Principles and Practice of TESOL 2 (20 Credits)
  • Psychology of Language Learning (20 Credits)

Additional core modules for major and dual routes

  • Students as Tutors (20 Credits)

Final Year (national level 6)

Core modules for all routes

  • Principles and Practice of TESOL: International Perspectives (20 Credits)

Additional core modules for major and dual routes

  • Language Learning and Intercultural Competence (20 Credits)
  • TESOL Dissertation (40 Credits) (if taking dual route with TESOL dissertation)

Part-time study

If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, projects and online learning.

Assessment methods include essays, presentations, case studies and the evaluation of practical skills.

To find out more about how modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see how courses are taught. Information about course regulations and documentation can be found on the Academic Services website.

Key Information Sets

All UK universities and colleges display Key Information Sets (KIS) on their undergraduate courses. The KIS gives you a quick overview of some standard information about a course, and has a link to more detailed information on Unistats.

The majority of our courses display the KIS directly on the course information page, as an animated image. However, because there are so many possible Combined Subjects combinations, the KIS for these courses are held on another page.

Click here to see the KIS for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Combined Subjects

Facilities & location

We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on topics related to teaching, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Relevant resources for your course include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

When it comes to IT provision at the University you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.
Facilities

Location


The David Goldman Informatics Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, St Pete'rs Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements

Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

To find out more about modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see the page how courses are taught. Information about course regulations and documentation can be found on the Academic Services website.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Other acceptable qualifications

BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

International qualifications: Please call the Student Helpline for advice on other acceptable qualifications. The number from outside the UK is +44 191 515 3000.

Returners to Learning: The University of Sunderland runs a dedicated Returners to Learning Progression Scheme. For further information email: progression.schemes@sunderland.ac.uk or alternatively, call the Student Helpline on 0191 515 3000.

If you wish to be considered for direct entry to a different year of a course please contact the Student Helpline: 0191 515 3000.

Fees & finance

Full-time fees

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £7,800 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £9,500 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Scholarships and bursaries may be available to you – please see the Fees and Funding section of this website for more information.

Employment & careers

Our modules in TESOL are designed to prepare you teaching English in many countries. The mix of academic rigour and practical skills will help you stand out to potential employers.

Work experience

As part of the ‘Principles and Practice of TESOL’ modules, you will work with students at Sunderland who use English as just one of their languages.

In addition the 'Students as Tutors' module involves teaching English to people in the local community.

These structured opportunities to plan and micro teach English will give you the opportunity to gain, and learn from, real-world experience.

Study Abroad 

You can switch your studies in Combined Subjects to another country for one or two semesters during the second year. You can choose from over 150 universities in 20 countries, either English-speaking (such as Australia, Canada and the USA) or non English-speaking (such as Argentina, Brazil and Japan). This gives you an opportunity to get an international perspective on both subjects that you are studying.

University Language Scheme 

It is usually possible to take a module from the University Language Scheme, which will earn credits towards your degree. The language module can be taken on top of or as part of the 120 credits needed to complete a year.

Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.

Experience

The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience.

CV-enhancing opportunities include:

  • Work placements
  • Graduate internships
  • Studying abroad
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • Mentoring
  • Starting your own business
  • Student jobs and volunteering
  • Careers advice

For full details, please see our Employability page.

Support

Support from staff

You can expect stimulating contact time with teaching staff as well as significant amounts of time when you will be studying on your own. If you have queries or difficulties, you can book an appointment with your tutor to gain more in-depth support and guidance.

Students who are taking Combined Subjects have Personal Tutors. You’ll meet your Tutor at agreed times throughout each year of the course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development, monitor your progress and act as a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues that require more specialist services. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

In addition, the Combined Subjects team provide a high level of personal help and support. We offer a daily face-to-face drop in service and we can also arrange out-of-hours appointments where necessary. If you send us a query, we commit to responding to it promptly.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

For more information about all the support services you will have access to as a Sunderland student, please see Student support & guidance.

"The University offered a lot of help and support throughout my three years."

Katie Tomlinson - Combined Subjects, English and TESOL Case Study

Katie Tomlinson

Graduate, English & TESOL

"From a young age I always knew I wanted to become a teacher and so the choices I made revolved around this career path. I was attracted to the University of Sunderland because they offered Combined Subjects, offering two subjects that I loved, English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The University offered a lot of help and support throughout my three years.

"Going to China has brought me to a crossroads in my life. Having this challenge can take me down two paths for the future. Teaching English abroad or becoming an English teacher in the UK."

"Combined Subjects means I don't have to compromise; I can do two subjects which I love."

Rachel Sheldon - Combined Subjects, Psychology and TESOL Case Study

Rachel Sheldon

Graduate

"All the lecturers are so approachable; I know I can go to them for help if I need any advice or support. Combined Subjects means I don't have to compromise; I can do two subjects which I love. You get to know so many more people and friends than just one subject. It's just brilliant being able to combine two subjects in different ways like looking at learning styles from a psychological point of view, or how extroversion could affect learning styles."

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The details

Course Name Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Combined
UCAS Code X1
Classification BA/BSc (Hons)
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Undergraduate
Duration 3 or 4 years
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 15 September 2014
UK/EU Fee £7,800
Intl Fee £9,500

Entry Requirements

Typical accepting offer: 260 points

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