Why study this course

Free flights to Thailand to gain international teaching experience.

Gain your free accredited professional TESOL teaching qualification (Trinity certificate) whilst studying.

Excellent opportunities to practice teaching TESOL in a variety of educational settings, across the UK and the rest of the world.

Ideal if you are looking to expand your horizons within education, beyond the traditional primary and secondary teaching routes.

Course summary

If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction in what it means to be a university student, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge for effective undergraduate study. In addition, during your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress your studies in your chosen subjects.

Why does English have so many variants and dialects? Why do women use language differently to men? Why do we have so many alternative and unusual pronunciations? Our TESOL course will allow you to explore these questions, further your love of the English language and prepare you to teach it to people all around the world.

Key facts


Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS code

X16F

Duration

4 years

Mode of study

Full-time

Start date

September

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code

B38

Course details

About this course

Have you ever considered how English is used globally? Do you have a particular interest in how languages are learned and taught? Do you have ambitions to travel and teach? If so, our exciting BA in TESOL & Linguistics (teaching English to speakers of other languages) could be the ideal course for you.

This course will provide you with academic knowledge, practical skills and professional experience in preparation for a future in English language teaching, media or publishing sector. It will provide the tools and resources for you to reflect upon your professional practice, conduct your own research or continue with further studies in the field of linguistics.

This course has modules relating to the use of English language and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) , which will help you to become qualified with a specialist subject expertise in English language and an internationally recognised teaching qualification.

Completion of the course gives you a qualification that will allow you to apply for positions as an English Language teacher both in the UK and abroad. However, you will also benefit from a thorough exploration of English language, developing skills in critical thinking, written and spoken communication skills, and teaching practice.

You will be taught by staff with many years of experience in the field of English language, English language teaching and teacher training. In addition, there are opportunities to teach English throughout your study to gain authentic experience of teaching learners of English.

You will develop transferable skills, such as communication, research, time management, team working and problem-solving and these skills can lead to work in areas such as publishing, teaching, advertising and marketing.

As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to complete the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL). Completing this will:

  • Provide you with an internationally recognised TESOL certificate
  • Offer you a route to work in schools, colleges and other settings across the globe
  • Equip you with practical teaching skills
  • You will also receive support and feedback from expert tutors and peers, becoming part of the worldwide TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) network

Click here to find more about the Trintiy CertTESOL.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

In this module you will explore and consider what it means to be a successful learner at university. You’ll explore the principles of effective learning and engage with a range of tools and techniques to practice and develop strategies for your own learning. These include for example, understanding your needs as a learner, effective time management and organisational skills.

You will learn about a range of resources and practice locating and using these resources to support effective learning. These resources will include, for example, textbooks, websites, academic journals, and popular press. In addition to these key techniques, the module covers academic conventions including referencing, citation and the risks of plagiarism.

This module will allow you to learn to utilise sources in a considered and critical way. You will begin to engage effectively with literature and other sources in a meaningful manner that promotes deep learning and enables knowledge and understanding of a topic. You will also begin to differentiate qualitative and quantitative data and consider their appropriate interpretation and use.

Critical thinking is an integral part of university study. While studying this module you will define critical thinking, its importance and how it can help you in your learning. A range of critical thinking models will be utilised to demonstrate how this works in action, allowing you to recognise critical thinking and identify barriers and challenges.

The skilled use of digital technologies is an important element in university study and is used to support both the obtaining and demonstration of knowledge. This module will develop your digital capabilities and confidence, encouraging you to develop techniques for the purposeful use of a range of digital tools to support learning. These include specific tools such as the Virtual Learning Enrivonment and appropriate and effective uses of wider applications such as social media, email and the internet.

This module explores, compares and evaluates a range of communication types, giving you opportunities to combine written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. From a theoretical, sociological perspective you will explore different communication media and styles of discourse, for example, discussion, debate, enquiry and reporting.

Reflection is a powerful learning tool that enables you to consider your existing knowledge and also to plan for your future learning and professional development. The module content includes the principles of reflective learning and collaborative planning with reference to structured models. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to attend live delivery of an ongoing degree programme which will provide a taster of discipline-specific undergraduate study.

Academic writing is an essential element of successful university study, so this module explores a range of techniques to help develop your own academic writing style. It will enable you to draw together your learning throughout the Foundation Year and reflect on the feedback you have received. You will structure a clear and effective piece of academic writing on a subject-linked topic in which you will apply standard academic conventions.

You will explore how children learn their first language. You will study how spoken and written skills are developed by learning about the different language acquisition theories.

In this module you will look into the methods used for the English language analysis. You are going to examine the English language sounds, words and structures.

Through studying this module, you will develop an understanding of how people learn English as a second/foreign language and how their oral and writing skills are developed when they learn English in the UK or abroad in different stages and ages in their life.

You will go on a journey of when and where English language began to sound like an English you can recognise and how it changed and evolved into the English language that we use today.

This module will guide you through the basic approaches and techniques of teaching English as a second/ foreign language. This module will introduce you to the practice of teaching English as a foreign language.

You will study the regional, national and international varieties of English and how social and occupational groups, gender and ethnicity influence the individuals’ language use and attitudes.

This module will provide you with the tools that you need to do your own research in English language and teaching.

In this module you have the opportunity to teach English to a learner on a one-to-one basis. You will plan your lessons and select activities and materials for your learner.

During this module you will practice teaching English to a group of students. It will help you design your lessons and prepare your materials and activities for your teaching practice.

In this module you will have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate how English language shaped in spoken, written or digital forms. You will also explore how factors such as audience, purpose, genre and mode affect our use of language.

This module will introduce you to the basic principles of how teachers construct and present English language tests. You will look at the different purposes of tests and you will critically evaluate testing techniques.

This module will give you the opportunity to evaluate and design materials for English language teaching use. You will develop a practical understanding of the role, principles and procedures of the design and evaluation of language teaching materials.

If you aspire to teach English in the primary, secondary, further, higher education or the professional sectors, this module will familiarise you with specific English language teaching contexts in the UK and abroad and the finer details of the National Curriculum for English Language.

In this module you will use your creative skills and imagination to examine innovative ways in the teaching English. You will have the opportunity to explore how to use technology, augmented and virtual reality and games as tools in English language teaching.

In this module you will demonstrate your ability to design, conduct and report the results of a research project in an area of TESOL and/or Linguistics. You will work independently and under the guidance of a supervisor.

Entry requirements

Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GCSE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.

Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

The Foundation Year syllabus does not include any specific element of upskilling in English language and you are not entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L into a Foundation Year. International applicants are not eligible to apply for an undergraduate course with a Foundation Year.

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study within many courses at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Assessment

During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include short-form writing, annotated bibliography, presentations, micro-teach, use of digital technologies, reflective journal and academic essay. Assessment strategies are designed to be supportive, build confidence and also aim to ensure you will develop the core skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, comprehensive, diverse and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support your preparation for undergraduate study. All modules involve early, small and frequent informal and formal assessments, to ensure that you gain confidence in your knowledge and abilities as you progress through the Foundation Year. You will also have the opportunity for self-evaluation and reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.

Assessment in TESOL & Linguistics 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 & Further study

BGU boasts extremely high employability ratings and our BA TESOL and Linguistics course will provide you with a solid foundation in Linguistics and TESOL. With your degree you can continue your professional development in English language teaching, education, speech and language therapy, media and publishing, both in international and UK contexts. You will also have the opportunity to pursue further studies within a field of linguistics. Alongside the BA, if you wish to progress towards achieving QTS, opportunities exist to complete our pre-teaching course which can assist you with gaining a place on one of our PGCE courses.

Support

Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.