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Study TESOL or Linguistics in the UK

Are you looking for a course in TESOL/Linguistics and not sure which one suits you? Come and meet our counsellors for advice on your ideal course.

Where should I study TESOL/Linguistics in the UK?

There are TESOL/Linguistics programmes at public and private universities and colleges throughout the UK. Our highly experienced and multilingual counsellors have regular training and updates from UK universities and colleges and can advise you in a wide spectrum of languages such as Arabic, Japanese, Hindi, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin/Cantonese. As speakers of other languages ourselves who work within education we are more familiar than most with the many aspects and permutations of international students learning English, and so TESOL/Linguistics is a program very close to the SI-UK ethos and about which we know much.

What qualifications do I need to study TESOL/Linguistics in the UK?

Postgraduate: Completed Undergraduate Course (work experience is sometimes required)

Undergraduate: Completed High School (13 years of education)

If you have only 12 years of education or a low GPA you may need a Foundation Course.

Why study TESOL/Linguistics at a UK University?

The most obvious reason is that the UK is where the English language originated and therefore the most authentic place to read this subject. Steeping yourself in English culture and heritage will improve your grasp of the language in a way that extra classes may not and studying here will guarantee that daily life becomes in effect as formative and salutary an influence as studying on the course itself. Almost every waking experience from your journey to class to paying your electricity bill will involve practising English to the point where it comes naturally. Studying in other Anglophone countries would confer similar advantages so long as you understand that the English spoken there is derivative of the genuine article and likely to reinforce those grammatical and idiomatic errors acquired through popular culture that inhibit true proficiency. If you would teach English to others you must first learn how it is spoken by native speakers, and where better to do so than the land of Chaucer and Shakespeare?

What careers can a qualification in TESOL or Linguistics lead to?

A TESOL qualification can lead to employment anywhere in the world where there is a demand for English, while studying Linguistics or Translation will open doors into any career involving cross-cultural communication. Linguistics teaches you how to analyse communicative acts at the most fundamental level and appreciate the differences between cultural norms of communication. Linguistics will help you develop a rigorous scientific method that can be applied to any field of work.

Translation and interpreting are specialised fields of Linguistics that can lead to a rewarding career in business, administration or the arts. Professional linguists are also employed as researchers, education consultants, speech pathologists and speech therapists. Foreign language teaching, particularly TESOL, is a huge global industry that offers employment opportunities with fantastic travel experiences. In any profession an employer will value a TESOL or Linguistics graduate’s analytical skills and cross-cultural expertise.

Where should I study TESOL/Linguistics?

Below are the top ten UK universities for TESOL/Linguistics:

University of Cambridge

University of Edinburgh

University of Sheffield

University College London

Queen Mary, University of London

Newcastle University

Lancaster University

University of Leeds

University of Reading

University of Essex

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