Teaching Adults

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 6.63 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17 k / Year(s)  
92 place StudyQA ranking:3730 Duration:12 months

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Why Glasgow

  • You will be provided with ‘hands-on’ opportunities to deliver supported, mentored teaching practice, as well as the opportunity to lead teaching sessions with your peer study group.
  • A guest lecture programme will allow you to hear from expert practitioners.
  • There’s a focus on collaborative learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.
  • If you are already a professional in this field and are looking to advance your qualifications, you should consider the MEd Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Career prospects

The MSc is specially designed for those wishing to teach English as a foreign language.

Is this programme for you?

This programme is suitable for students with a degree in English language or education who would like to enter the field of English Language Teaching. Please note: This is not a teaching qualification in Scotland.

What will you get from this programme?

You will build a solid foundation in the processes of teaching and learning English to speakers of other languages. Specifically you will:

  • explore teacher and learner roles in the classroom
  • develop your understanding of methodology
  • focus on applying theory to classroom teaching and lesson planning
  • develop an understanding of how descriptions of language (e.g. grammar and vocabulary) can be applied in the language classroom
  • explore approaches to investigating the language classroom
  • develop comprehensive skills to conduct research in the field
  • develop your knowledge of different contexts by working with students from different educational and language backgrounds.

nitially, you are introduced to the principles of teaching and learning. The emphasis is on relating theory to practical applications through lecture input, workshops and seminar discussions. As the programme progresses you also have the opportunity to specialise through your choice of two optional courses. With the support of your supervisors you will also explore a TESOL topic in depth and complete a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Classroom processes
  • Descriptions of language
  • Developing professional practice
  • Introduction to social and educational research.

Optional courses

  • Advanced educational research.
  • Developing literacy
  • Inclusive classrooms - inclusive pedagogy
  • Language proficiency, assessment, & feedback
  • Modern educational thought
  • Social emotional & behavioural difficulties
  • Teaching English for academic purposes
  • The education of highly able pupils
  • Which English? Sociolinguistics and language teaching.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in English, education or similar subject.International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.Further information regarding academic entry requirements:student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.ukEnglish language requirementsFor applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):overall score 6.5no sub-test less than 6.5or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)Common equivalent English language qualifications:ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 24CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): A minimumCPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): BminimumPTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test):68; minimum 60 in writingPre-sessional coursesThe University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:Language Centre, University of GlasgowBALEAP guide to accredited courses English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Full time International students will be eligible for the £1,000 New Course Discount.


The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School has accreditations by the following professional bodies:

  • Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (for the MBA programme)
  • Accreditation by professional accountancy bodies
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

We are also members of the Association of Business Schools and of theEuropean Foundation for Management Development.

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