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MEd TESOL Course: Language Analysis

Introducing students to a range of knowledge and skills required by a TESOL practitioner, specifically with regard to descriptions of language and language analysis


This module is designed to assist students in understanding, and in developing the associated skills related to, the key theories of language required within the field of Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  It will serve as a core module for the MEd in TESOL, and is designed for any student interested in studying for a postgraduate teaching qualification, whether it be a Certificate, Diploma or Masters, in TESOL. 

The module will introduce students to a range of knowledge and skills required by a TESOL practitioner, specifically with regard to descriptions of language and language analysis.  The module will cover the teaching of language systems (discourse and syntax, morphology, lexis and phonology, grammatic and language frameworks as well as semantics). 

Students will develop an awareness of the English language with a focus on phonology and grammar through an introduction to theories of language analysis and description, and their relevance to the teacher’s role in second language teaching.  Students will also study the varieties of grammar (prescriptive, descriptive, reference, pedagogic and theoretical) as well as develop an ability to analyse and explain pronunciation, lexis, syntax and discourse in context.

The ESOL team at UWS have studied and taught across the globe. In teaching, our ESOL leaders bring both their knowledge and practical experience to the classroom to create an unrivalled learning experience.  Our ESOL team are also involved in academic research and regularly attend global conferences to ensure all of our ESOL delegates are confident in teaching and shaping students who are fit for the ever-evolving, modern world.

This course will adopt a blended learning approach, with a combination of self-paced online study and live online seminars with our leaders. Delegates will be able to access course content throughout Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and will have access to course materials for a short period after course completion, should they wish to consolidate any learning.

You may be eligible for course fee subsidy through the UWS Upskilling Fund.  The UWS Upskilling Fund is a budget for delivering training to Scottish industry sectors, provided, and moderated by the Scottish Funding Council.  To be eligible for this funding, delegates must reside in Scotland or, work for an organisation operating (with a business address) in Scotland.  If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £50 will apply only (the full module fee is £790) and you will be provided with a discount code on application.

There is also opportunity for learners to advance their studies even further.  ESOL learners may be interested in our MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Postgraduate Programme.  The programme will equip you with practical teaching and English language skills, as well as the confidence and citizenship skills that you will gain from developing language learnt in situ.  This postgraduate course is offered on a full-time or part-time basis and is aimed at those who intend to work as TESOL professionals, teaching English at home or abroad.  To find out more about entry requirements or to apply for this programme, click here.

If you would like to find out more about this course, Upskilling Fund eligibility or register your interest, please get in touch with our dedicated CPD team at

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