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Undergraduate course

English Language, Linguistics and TESOL BA (Hons)

Bolster your knowledge of the English language and gain the skills you need to teach English around the world.

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This BA (Hons) course in English Language, Linguistics & TESOL gives you the skills you need to teach English around the world. The programme is designed to give you both a deep understanding of theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world and broad expertise in language structure and use - equipping you for the practical challenge of teaching English as a world language. You'll learn how we convey meaning, how language varies according to speaker and situation and investigate the social, political and ideological issues in language education.

91% of English Language and Linguistics students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020)

York campus

  • UCAS Code – QX31
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96-112 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

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Course overview

You’ll learn how we convey meaning, how language varies according to speaker and situation and investigate the social, political and ideological issues in language education. Begin by considering a range of linguistic concepts and skills, alongside an introduction to language learning and teaching. Using this as a foundation, you will study core modules which explore varieties of English around the world and linguistic diversity in teaching and learning contexts as well as choosing from a range of linguistics modules which may include Child Language Acquisition, English Accents and Dialects, Psycholinguistics and Language, Gender and Sexuality. As you progress throughout the programme you will study TESOL Theories and Methods and how speakers’ sound systems and grammars are affected by their first languages.


As a student of the School of Languages & Linguistics you will have the opportunity to become involved in exciting research projects and benefit from a dynamic programme of linguistics and TESOL-related events, including guest speakers, trips, conferences and social activities. As an English Language, Linguistics & TESOL student you will also be eligible to apply for the internationally-recognised teaching qualification, CELTA, at no further cost (subject to a successful interview and acceptance on the programme).

Fully-qualified TESOL teachers are highly sought after worldwide. Having a degree in Linguistics alongside TESOL (and CELTA) qualifications will undoubtedly enhance your job opportunities.

Course Structure

Level 1


  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics - On this module we will introduce you to the linguistic areas of study that you will build on throughout your degree. This includes the basics of phonetics and grammar. You will study:

    • Contemporary issues and debates about language use
    • The historical development of language and of English
    • Academic reading, writing and referencing techniques.
  • Key Concepts for Language Learning and Teaching - This module introduces you to the discipline of applied linguistics and to controversies in its definition, scope and relationship to linguistics and language teaching. The module will prepare you for any tutoring you may do in your second year and beyond.
  • Semantics & Pragmatics - In order to give an overview of the analysis of the interpretation of meaning in language use, theories of semantics and pragmatics will be explored along with applications of such theories.
  • Descriptive Grammar of English - This module examines the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. Discussions will also consider how configurations of the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, the module examines these issues in relation to real texts.
  • Multilingualism - This module addresses the world's linguistic diversity and variation and situates the English language within the context of our multilingual world. Language variation and multilingualism are considered form linguistic, psychological, sociocultural and educational perspectives.
  • Phonetics - This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics and instructs students in the description, recognition and production of a subset of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.
  • British Sign Language: This module lets you learn the basics of British Sign Language (BSL), deaf awareness and BSL linguistics. You will learn to converse in BSL about different topics and come to understand the visual-spatial modality of the language.

 All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 2


  • World Englishes - What is the impact of the spread of English on other languages, cultures and identities? This module addresses the development, structure and use of international varieties of English, tracing the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language.
  • Analysing Texts - This module allows you to develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts, across a variety of genres and modalities including online contexts. A broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how meanings are created and debated, including in digital media. You will explore how notions of genre, ideology structure, critical reading and discourse can be applied when reading texts. As a result, you will have more understanding of issues of representation and power in contemporary discourses.
  • Applied Phonetics & Phonology - This module builds on and applies phonetics teaching from level 1. You willl be introduced to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language including child phonology and languages other than English.
  • Language, Gender & Sexuality - Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field, giving rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories. This module will provide you with a thorough grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. The main aim of the module is to empower you to argue for your own position, and give you the grounding from which to develop your own work and ideas.
  • Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom - This module will consider language use and diversity in educational settings.
  • Language at Work - This module includes 10 days of work experience. In addition the module will consider relevant issues and practices within places of work as well as the communication demands on the prospective work-seeker within contemporary society.
  • Language & Literacy - This module will introduce you to key issues in relation to the development of literacy, focusing primarily on the development of writing skills.
  • Psycholinguistics - This module helps you develop an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use and provides you with a broad map of the concepts, issues, phenomena and research methods associated with the field of psycholinguistics.
  • Sociolinguistics - This module investigates what issues influence the way language is used in various aspects of everyday social life. Different theoretical and methodological approaches to sociolinguistic study will be addressed and the central themes of each will be identified, including concepts of face and im/politeness.

 All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 3


  • TESOL Theories & Methods - This module applies linguistic theory to the practical issues of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Theories of second language acquisition and learning, and methodologies of second language teaching will be related to a variety of teaching and learning contexts world-wide
  • Accents & Dialects - During this module you will learn about regional variation in pronunciation, lexis and syntax.
  • Attitudes to Language - This module examines publicly held views of language. It covers topics such as Standard English and correctness. With particular reference to education it also investigates the social, political and idealogical issues associated with these views.
  • Child Language Acquisition - This module introduces students to key theories of child language acquisition with a focus on the acquisition of speech sounds. The module takes a workshop approach to learning about the typical phonological processes seen in children and how these articulations move towards the adult system over time.
  • Grammar & Phonetics for TESOL - You will explore core features and structures of English grammar and phonetics. Skills taught on this module will enable the detailed description of L2 Englishes, drawing on theories of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and second language acquisition.
  • Language, Identities & Cultures - This module explores the ways in which language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities and how language plays an active role in constructing identities. The module takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing the relationship between language, identity and culture.
  • Speech & Language Pathology - This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to speech and language pathology and give you an appreciation of how clinicians evaluate and make decisions about intervention to remediate speech and language difficulties in both adults and children.
  • Reflections in Linguistics - This module encourages you to engage with and reflect upon your learning over the entire course of you degree programme. It invites you to critically evaluate and intergrate themes from across and beyond the course.
  • Dissertation (40 credits) - you will carry out independent research related to your programme on a topic of your choice backed by tutorial supervision.

All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Teaching & Assessment


English Language, Linguistics & TESOL modules are delivered using a mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars. Seminar groups typically have up to 30 students.

Academic and research skills are embedded in modules, for example, academic writing and referencing, peer review, use of web-based resources for document sharing, and the use of wikis and blogs.

Contact Hours

You will take three modules per semester (except for your final semester when you will take a 40-credit dissertation module and one other module). Most modules have three hours of contact time per week. The taught sessions could be spread across all five days of the week, or could be concentrated into fewer days. Taught sessions are scheduled between 9.00am-8.00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9.00am-1.00pm Wednesday, and 9.00am-6.00pm Friday.

As well as the taught sessions, you will also have academic tutorials through the semester, you can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you'll be able to attend events such as the Colloquium Lectures and Language Talks.

Self-study time

If you are joining us from school, college or the workplace you will probably feel you have a comparatively empty timetable. This is because a 20-credit module, which is equivalent to 200 hours of study, has three hours a week of contact time - the rest is study you are expected to do yourself.

We support students in achieving this by giving lots of guidance on what to study, including weekly readings and preparation for assessments, and offering regular tutorials and drop-in sessions with module tutors so you can get feedback on your work. All modules are supported by materials hosted on Moodle, the University's Virtual Learning Environment.


You will be taught by academic staff in the School of Languages & Linguistics. The Head of School is Dr Rachel Wicaksono. The English Language, Linguistics & TESOL programme is managed by the Subject Director for Linguistics, Nikki Swift.  University support staff are well integrated into our programme, for example, a representative from the library contributes sessions on research and referencing over the course of the programme.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods vary from module to module. There is an exam on Descriptive Grammar of English in semester two of first year. Other assessment methods include essays, presentations, data analysis, online tests, peer reviews, class tests, blog posts and research proposals and reports.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This course is available with a foundation year

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Language and Linguistics foundation year

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 202 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While 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.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

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

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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