BA English Language and TESOL with a year abroad (4 year)

Course Overview

Our English Language and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree scheme looks at ways of analysing language knowledge, language use across contexts and time and relates this to teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview.

This degree scheme also allows the opportunity spend a year abroad after year 2 at one of our partner institutions worldwide.

Together with English Literature, we are ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.


Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

Year 1:

  • A comprehensive grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language, as well as an introduction to different teaching methods.

Year 2:

  • Students have the option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview.  The typical cost is £1430 but TESOL students only pay the exam fee, currently £140. 

Year abroad:

  • Students have the opportunity to study abroad in a number of international locations. Currently, these include universities in China, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, France and Germany.

Year 3:

  • Students can undertake a research project in an area of specialism supported by current academic staff. Previous students have worked on topics including language learning aptitude, vocabulary studies, online grooming communication, evaluation of teaching materials, and many others. Students showcase their work at our annual BA conference and some students have published their work in international journals and presented at international conferences.
  • Students also have the opportunity to develop their programming skills through the development of computer-assisted language learning materials.
  • Students receive thorough training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data

Description

Our English Language and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree scheme looks at ways of analysing language knowledge, language use across contexts and time and relates this to teaching English to speakers of other languages.

 In the English Language component, we look at:

  • how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts; 
  • how language has developed over time; 
  • how we learn our first language and subsequent languages; 
  • how language operates in bilingual contexts; 
  • how we produce and understand language in real time, as well as 
  • how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar. 

In the TESOL component, we look at the challenge of learning and teaching of English as a new language, including:

  • how different methods are used to teach language;
  • how children learn an additional language;
  • how theories of second language acquisition relate to teaching;
  • how current research into English Language Teaching informs practice.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,700

Important Information for 2018/19: The Welsh Government has recently issued a statement (July 2017) outlining intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee in 2018/19 for full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation. This may mean the maximum tuition fee for 2018/19 could be set to increase from £9,000 to £9,295 per annum. If the Welsh Government passes this update to The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 later in the year, the University will apply to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to increase its maximum fee level to £9,295 subject to satisfactory approval of a variation to the 2018/19 Fee & Access plan. If approved by HEFCW, the University will immediately write to all students affected notifying them of this fee increase as soon as is practically possible.

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There is an additional cost of £140 for the CELTA module, if chosen.

There are additional costs for study abroad, if chosen. Find out more here.

Student Quote

“I thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of modules that were on offer. The most important thing was the level of support from my tutors and lecturers. They all worked exceptionally hard, not just on a professional level, but also on a personal level to make sure I was comfortable, understood everything and was working to the best of my potential.

I have reprised my role as an English teacher in China. I have also opened my own English school using the advice and training I received on my course. Although small at the moment, each week we have a new intake of students who hear about my school. In my contracted employment I teach middle school and kindergarten, two jobs which before my degree I did not have the confidence to teach. However, since returning to China, armed with the knowledge I acquired, teaching is much easier and meaningful for both myself and my students.”

Graham O’Donoghue, BA English Language and TEFL (now TESOL)


After graduating from Swansea university with a degree in English Language and TEFL (now TESOL), I went on to do a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism. I learned many core skills while studying in Swansea and had some amazing experiences - like travelling to China to teach English for three months. My time at Swansea made me want to continue studying and develop a career in something I absolutely love. I am now a Broadcast Journalist working at The Wave and Swansea Sound on the news team. I read the hourly news on air and report on local Welsh stories. I have met and interviewed some amazingly inspirational, and famous, people living in the South Wales community. I now have a career I love from an undergraduate foundation stemmed from a lovely three years at Swansea University. 

Kathy Peart, BA English Language and TEFL (now TESOL)

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English and TESOL Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English and TESOL will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA TESOL/TEFL
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English and TESOL. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Research

The Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in many of the modules offered in this degree scheme

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their dissertations, depending on topic chosen.

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and Language Research Centre bring together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English and TESOL Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English and TESOL will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA TESOL/TEFL
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English and TESOL. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.