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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

TESOL can include teaching English overseas or teaching English as a Foreign Language in the UK in an FE College, private language school or in the community. A career in English language teaching can be both exciting and satisfying.

At the University of Wolverhampton, TESOL is offered as a joint honours degree which means that you study it in combination with Linguistics.

Follow the link below for a brief summary of the Linguistics and TESOL award, including information on the aims of the course and its entry requirements:

Why study TESOL at the University of Wolverhampton?

The TESOL team believes that teaching English is a rewarding and interesting career, and we are proud that, in the last 15 years,  the majority of students on the TESOL course leave University as highly employable graduates who have a variety of employment opportunities, from teaching in the language school abroad to taking a PGCE in order to teach in the state sector in the UK.

We work hard to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence you need in order to start becoming effective, reflective teacher of language. We enjoy teaching students of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds about how language works and how languages are learned, and love introducing students to the skills needed to teach English effectively.

By gradually introducing you to the core concepts of TESOL, we aim to build your confidence in the classroom. We introduce key ideas about language teaching and learning, and knowledge about language systems.  In your second year of study, you are required  to do a work placement, which gives you the opportunity of working with a group of learners over a period of weeks.

We have recently redesigned our TESOL course to make it more relevant to the students who come to study at the University of Wolverhampton and to offer you a wider range of career opportunities once you finish your degree.  There is also the option to do a year abroad.

If you like why and how we run our TESOL programme, come and join us at the University of Wolverhampton.


Comments from our external examiner

Each course at the University of Wolverhampton is externally assessed by an examiner from another Higher Education institution in the country. These are the most recent comments from external examiners about the TESOL programme:


"I am heartened to see the work done by the lecturers and team leaders in teaching students.  There is a broad curriculum and units prepare for in-depth knowledge about language and language use as well as for teaching."

"The broad range of assessment tasks are designed for assessment of learning as well as that for learning.  There is a great deal of consistency in the marking and the feedback is excellent - students are very well supported and extremely well informed on how to make progress and learn.  It is commendable how much lecturers put into their feedback and support for these students who come from very diverse backgrounds."

Graduate destinations

The teaching destinations of some of our recent graduates include: China, Korea and the Wolverhampton's Refugee and Migrant Centre.

Other graduates have gone on to postgraduate study at the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Birmingham. 

One of our 2015 graduates said: "I have had a fantastic time at University. The TESOL & Linguistics course has helped me to gain the right teaching skills, both theoretical and practical, to go out in the real world and to teach".