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Postgraduate course

TESOL with Thai MA

Gain knowledge and experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages. You will learn enough Thai to adapt quickly to teaching English in Thailand.

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Study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) while learning Thai. Whether you are currently a TESOL professional or wish to pursue this career in the future, this course equips you to teach English in Thailand. You will study alongside students from across the world, gaining experience of different nationalities and educational cultures. This gives you to chance to increase your cross-cultural understanding.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time | 2 years part time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 undergraduate degree

    7.0 IELTS if English is not your first language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Course overview

This MA allows you to study Thai from beginners level. By the end of the course, you'll be able to communicate effectively in Thai, both orally and in writing, on topics familiar to you. You'll be able to quickly adapt to teaching English in Thailand with the skills you learn on this course. This is a course that can change your life and allow you to pursue new career avenues. In 18 months, you could be living abroad, you could be teaching English in Thailand. 

Our approach to teaching TESOL focuses on teaching English in a multilingual world. You will explore theoretical issues in second language learning and apply these to your teaching. We will also give you the opportunity to gain practical experience in lesson planning and delivery. You'll also explore how to adapt materials and methods to a range of teaching situations.

You can also gain hands-on TESOL experience through our community programmes.

  • On our YESOL (York: English speakers of Other Languages) programme you can hold evening classes for the local community. These aim to help our community improve their English language skills.
  • YEAL (York: English as an Additional Language) is a student led voluntary outreach programme. You will be placed in a local school and work with EAL pupils to improve their English language skills.

We offer you the opportunity to take a CELTA course free of charge as part of your degree. CELTA is the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other languages. It is an internationally-recognised teaching qualification awarded by Cambridge Assessment English. You will gain hands-on teaching experience that will prepare you for a career in teaching English. Acceptance onto this course is subject to successful interview.

This programme is part of a suite of TESOL master's courses. Not sure which one to choose? Take a look at our other programmes:

Course structure

Level 1


Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Discover key theoretical issues in second language learning and relate them to your own teaching context.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

Learn about myths which circulate in popular discourse and your role in challenging these as a future TESOL professional.

Credits: 30 credits each

Compulsory module

You will learn through a communicative teaching style. These modules will develop your Thai speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. You are expected to proactively engage with the language outside of the classroom.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Gain practical experience in lesson planning and delivery and learn to explore how to adapt materials and methods to diverse contexts.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

Discover a variety of approaches to research used in TESOL and the broader field of Applied Linguistics, and explore links between research and your professional practice.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

This module gives you the freedom to either conduct an independent research project related to TESOL, or to carry out a related pedagogical engagement activity.

Teaching and assessment

You are encouraged to play an active role in your own learning. Module tutors will take the role of facilitators, encouraging you to think outside your own sphere of reference. You will be encouraged to share your experience and reflections through in-class dialogue. A proactive approach to learning will be promoted.

You will be helped to acquire the key skills appropriate to taught postgraduate study. These include:

  • Evaluation of your own achievement and that of others
  • The ability to develop professional relationships
  • Self-direction and effective decision-making and time management
  • Independent learning
  • The ability to work in a way that encourages continuing professional development.

The programme employs a range of teaching, learning practices including:

  • Lectures (with supporting materials posted on the VLE)
  • Tutor and student-led seminars; workshops and discussion groups
  • Independent study and research
  • Collection and analysis of data.

We use a range of assessment methods on the course. They cater for a diverse range of preferences in assessment type. These include:

  • Essays
  • Self-reflection
  • Data analysis
  • Videos
  • Peer teaching
  • Critical reviews

For your language modules: 

  • Oral exams
  • Reading/writing/grammar exams
  • Videos

You will receive support and feedback on assessments prior to submission. You will also receive feedback on each submitted assessment. This will allow you to continually improve your academic work.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 undergraduate degree

    7.0 IELTS if English is not your first language


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree. 

International Students

If you are an international student, you will need to show that your qualifications are equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 7.0 overall, with no skill below 6.0, or equivalent.

This course is not suitable if:

  • Thai is your first language
  • You have an A level in Thai
  • You have B1 level or above of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Thai.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and Funding

UK & EU 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (full time or part time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course.

You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.



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