Have you ever considered how English is used globally? Do you have a particular interest in how languages are learned and taught? If so, our exciting new BA in TESOL & Linguistics (teaching English to speakers of other languages) could be the ideal course for you.
The BA (Hons) TESOL & Linguistics is a three-year full time course designed for aspiring teachers or individuals who wish to pursue a career in working with learners of English as an additional, second or foreign language. It is ideal for students from all academic backgrounds as there are no subject specific entry requirements other than GCSE English.
It will provide you with the academic knowledge, practical skills and professional experience required for a future in English language teaching and further study in the field of linguistics. Taught modules will provide the opportunity for you to consider and develop your own understanding of how languages are learnt, used and taught in multicultural communities across the globalized world.
Further opportunities will be provided throughout the three years to allow reflection upon your own professional development and to critically explore and conduct your own research in the field of linguistics.
About TESOL & Linguistics at BGU
The course delivers best practice in teaching and learning while opening opportunities for overseas work and travel. If you study with us, you can bridge the gap between your current qualifications and the knowledge and skills required for teaching English in international or independent UK settings.
There are a number of study modes available which build on students’ previous learning, experience and areas of interest. These include interactive lectures, student and staff-led seminars, directed reading and project work. The teaching style of this course is highly participatory, and engages you in practical teaching tasks and further workshop activities, online discussions, and peer evaluations.
Assessment is an integral part of your learning here at BGU and takes a variety of forms. Students will generally be assessed through a wide range of methods such as assessed presentations, written assignments, online discussion and ICT based tasks, teaching practice and portfolios of work. A research project in the form of the final dissertation in the third year of the course will encourage students to become research informed English language teachers who have the ability to make knowledgeable judgements about their own practice.
Careers and Further Study
BGU has the 3rd highest employability rating of all UK universities* and employability for students within the School of Teacher Development is particularly high. Our BA TESOL and Linguistic course will provide you with a solid foundation in Linguistics and TESOL. On successful completion you will be able to apply your knowledge of the latest theory, policy and practice of international English language education to a variety of global professions. With your degree you can continue your professional development in English language teaching, education, speech and language therapy, media, publishing, both in international and UK contexts. You will also have the opportunity to pursue further studies within a field of linguistics. Linguistic graduates are well equipped to undertake careers ranging from marketing and publishing to speech and language therapy.
Fees and Funding
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How to Apply
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS.
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Application via UCAS will allow for immediate update into our systems and therefore allow for much quicker processing time. It will also allow applicants to track the position of their application easily and so provide an improved student experience.
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During the first year you will develop your awareness of the English language in terms of its power, its structure and its effects. Throughout the first year modules you will be provided with the theoretical frameworks and practical skills for linguistic description and analysis and will be introduced to concepts involved in second language learning. On completion, you will have expanded your knowledge of grammar, phonology and lexis and deepened your awareness of how the English Language is used to teach ESOL.
Taught modules in the second year will build on the theoretical concepts and practical issues involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). During this time, you will consolidate the principles of lesson planning which you will implement alongside teaching approaches through practical teaching opportunities.
Further modules will provide you with the opportunity to explore and learn about some of the contexts in which English is taught abroad and the practical significance of differences between languages, motivations and learning styles.
In your final year of study, you will follow a structured programme that will consolidate previous learning and prepare you to teach a variety of language systems and skills. You will have the opportunity to extend your knowledge of the range of ESOL materials and resources available and will also develop skills in selecting, adapting and evaluating these materials for specific teaching purposes. During this year, you will also be introduced to a range of testing and assessment methods of ELT.
The third year research module gives you the chance to explore, in depth, an aspect of linguistics and/or TESOL which is of personal and academic interest to you. By completing the project, you will demonstrate your research skills, in addition to self-reliance, autonomy, planning and organisation.
Academic Course Leader
Ami Montgomery – Academic Course Leader & Senior Lecturer
Ami is a senior lecturer in the School of Teacher Development and delivers lectures across our successful ITT programmes, our primary undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and most recently leads on our MA in Education with TESOL.
Ami joined Bishop Grosseteste University in September 2015 to take up the post of senior lecturer. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA (Hons) in English Language and has a MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Manchester Metropolitan University. During this time Ami developed a comprehensive understanding of the professional competence and theoretical implications of the practice of English Language Teaching and she spent a substantial amount of time teaching English to newly arrived children. Prior to joining BGU Ami taught in primary schools in Manchester, where she held a variety of roles which included subject leadership responsibilities. With an emphasis on the integration of practice and theory, Ami has acquired expertise in approaches and techniques to teaching language to speakers of other languages and developed a range of practical skills. She hopes this will support future roles at BGU including contributing to the development of an International English/TESOL dimension.
Dr Smaragda Kampouri – Lecturer in TESOL
Dr. Smaragda Kampouri joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2016 from the University of Essex, where she worked as an EAP Lecturer. She graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and then continued her studies at Essex University where she acquired an MA in English for Specific Purposes (2009) and a PhD in English Language Teaching (2014). Her research interests include English for Academic Purposes, Legal English, Teacher cognition in ESL/EAP/ESP classrooms and Learner and Teacher Anxiety. Smaragda has worked as a Teaching Assistant in Linguistics in the UK and as an EAP Lecturer around the UK and Greece.