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TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Learn the basic principles of language acquisition to develop as a language teacher and create engaging learning experiences.

2,441 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Get a head start on your TESOL journey

On this three-week course, you’ll build a strong foundational knowledge of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

You’ll learn theories and concepts that are useful if you are considering embarking on a full TESOL course as it gives you the opportunity to sample the MA TESOL offered at Edge Hill University.

The knowledge you acquire on the course will also help advance your professional development as an English language teacher.

Learn the best practices on how to teach English

You’ll discover language teaching methodologies that prove successful in the classroom, to help improve your learning experience and achieve great results with your students.

You’ll also explore current advances in material design to help you create lessons with learner needs in mind.

Explore the concept of second language acquisition

Delving into theories of second language acquisition, you’ll learn about the role of individual differences in language learning success.

You’ll critically evaluate these theories to gain an understanding of what it takes to learn a second language.

Gain a solid introduction to linguistics

Throughout the course, you’ll be introduced to the study of linguistics.

You’ll learn through a variety of methods including lectures, up-to-date reading, and interactive tasks to help cement your learning.

Receive guidance from the experts at Edge Hill University

Each part of the course is supported closely by the highly qualified staff at the Edge Hill University Language School – validated as an approved provider of the Trinity CertTESOL course.

By the end of this course, you’ll have the knowledge to further your professional development as a language teacher and have had a brilliant insight into a Master’s degree at a leading UK university.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

    • Welcome

      Welcome to this course on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    • Beliefs about SLA

      You will reflect on your beliefs about second language learning

    • SLA: An overview

      You will learn about what SLA is and what SLA research tells us about second language learning

    • Individual differences in SLA

      You will discover how four individual difference factors impact on second learning.

    • Test your knowledge

      You will complete a quiz to test what you have learnt this week.

    • Summing up

      You will watch a summary of the week, discuss what you have learnt so far and be introduced to additional study resources.

  • Week 2

    Indroduction to Language teaching Methods and Approaches

    • Introduction

      Welcome to week 2

    • Beliefs about language teaching

      You will reflect on your experience of language teaching

    • Methods and approaches in language teaching

      Methods and approaches will be defined. You will discover the theories of language and learning that underpin langauge teaching methods. You will be introdouced to the key language teaching methods and apporaches

    • Test your knowledge

      You will complete a quiz to test what you have learnt this week.

    • Summing up

      You will watch a summary of the week, discuss what you have learnt so far and be introduced to additional study resources.

  • Week 3

    Course and materials development in language teaching

    • Introduction

      Welcome to the final week of the course

    • Beliefs about course and materials design

      You will reflect on your experience of creating language teaching courses and materials

    • Issues in course and materials design

      You you will look at the major themes and issues in course and materials design

    • Questions to the team

      You will post questions relating any of the content covered which the teaching team will aim to address

    • Summing up

      A summary of the final week

    • Farewell and next steps

      A farewell from the team and a chance to discover what you can do to continue your learning.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore theories of second language acquisition in relation to individual differences in second language learning achievement
  • Discuss various language teaching approaches and methodologies
  • Reflect on language teaching materials according to various learner needs

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those interested in taking a full Masters in TESOL via online learning.

You may have a degree in teaching or another subject, or you may just have an interest in embarking on a full degree through to Masters in the field.

What software or tools do you need?

No specific software is required for this course however we may make recommendations as to software that you may find useful.

Who will you learn with?

Hello, I am senior lecturer in English language teaching at Edge Hill University.

Lecturer in English Language Teaching at Edge Hill University

Who developed the course?

Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University has been providing higher education since 1885 and is based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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