Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

TESOL refers to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a term that has replaced TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). The course is particularly beneficial if students are planning to go on to do a PGCE or pursue a teaching-related career. With the approval of their home College, students at the University of Exeter can take a series of optional modules in TESOL at INTO University of Exeter (15 credit module in year 1 and 30 credit modules in year 2 & final year). Whilst most students choose to do TESOL over the three years, it is possible to do any module as a stand-alone option at the appropriate level. It is not essential to have studied TESOL at Level 1 if you would like to study it at Level 2.

TESOL is a taught module which requires 100% attendance and full participation in group situations. There is some commitment outside the timetabled input sessions for classroom observations, teaching practice and contact with international students.  A wide variety of assessment types are used in order to help students develop transferable skills and enhance their employability. There are no final exams and all course work is submitted before the beginning of the third term.

The Level One module (ELC1801) provides an introduction to language awareness and language teaching methodology and can be followed by a Level Two module (ELC2800) which is particularly useful for students who plan to apply for teaching assistantships during their year abroad. There is also a final year module (ELC3800) which studies in depth aspects of both the theory and the practice of English Language Teaching. Students who take modules ELC2800 and ELC3800 can also have the opportunity to opt to study for the widely recognised vocational qualification, Trinity CertTESOL.

Please contact Nicky or Jeanette before registering to discuss which module is most suitable for you or to discuss the option of taking the Trinity CertTESOL qualification alongside your degree.