English language teaching

In our era of global communication, more people speak English than ever before.

English language teaching

Aspire for a global career? Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is the perfect way to start your adventure!

Our courses are ideal if you want to teach English to non-native speakers. You gain an in-depth understanding of the English language coupled with the teaching skills you need. It's not just teaching, the knowledge and skills you develop prepares you for a range of possible careers in the media, administration, business and education; in fact, any job where the ability to apply critical thinking to problems, conduct independent research and communicate the results is required.

Why study here?
  • Gain practical experience and a TEFL-initiate qualification on successful completion.
  • Our lecturers are internationally recognised for their language research.
  • Tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals.
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Kirstie's story

"I also study languages myself because I really like learning languages. It’s one of the other reasons that I wanted to do TEFL because, not only do I get to teach English but I get to learn the languages that I teach English to. I really like Korean languages in general and same for Japanese. I’ve been studying Japanese since I started here because I took the ‘Languages For All’ course which I really recommend everyone does because it’s so good."

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Open the door to a whole new world and explore the English language 

Our courses will provide you with a deep understanding of the structure and uses of this century's global language and the ability to teach it to non-native speakers. As well as opportunities to teach around the world, this course provides knowledge and skills which can prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Why study here?
  • Perfect the skills to take on a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) role anywhere in the world.
  • Study in our world-renowned language and linguistics department.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a course which adapts to suit your needs and builds on your experience.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

At Essex, we can offer you a supervised research route providing you have a solid knowledge of existing research in the field and a good understanding of research methods. 

We offer this course through two routes

Many of our former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world, as teachers and/or as academic researchers, but also in teacher education. 

Why study here?
  • Study in our world-renowned language and linguistics department.
  • Many of our former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world.
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, intensity weighted GPA, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
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