Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Program Description


Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


The MA TESOL programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop both a scholarly and practical understanding of the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is suitable for language teachers, teacher trainers, educational materials writers and test designers who wish to further develop their range of professional skills and knowledge.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Knowledge and skills

The MA TESOL programme will help you:

• gain an advanced critical understanding of key issues, theories and practices in the field of English language teaching

• acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of language in context

• explore the implications of language analysis for teaching purposes

• develop an understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in classroom practice

• engage with theories underlying current views on language learning, including the importance of individual differences amongst learners in their abilities and learning preferences

• appreciate and view critically the connections between theory and practice in the field of English language teaching

• foster the ability to conduct academic research.


Core modules:

• Linguistics for language teachers

• Methods in English language teaching

• Principles of course and material design

• Second language acquisition

• Language testing and assessment

• Speaking and listening

• Research methods.

Elective modules:

• Discourse analysis

• Lexis and vocabulary teaching

• English for specific purposes.

Additional learning activity modules

The programme shall include an additional 600 hours of Additional Learning Activity, normally spread equally over all the semesters of the programme.


Graduates may pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching. In China, a postgraduate qualification in TESOL is increasingly sought-after by educational institutions. Alternatively, the programme will facilitate the professional development of those candidates who are considering a career in publishing or materials development and management positions.

The programme will also equip those interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of English language teaching and applied linguistics by preparing them to conduct research at MPhil, MRes, EdD and PhD level.


RMB 90,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme.

University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.

Entry requirements:

academic background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant field such as English, linguistics, or education and literature. No teaching experience is required, but some relevant teaching experience at secondary or tertiary level would be an advantage.

English language requirements

• IELTS: 7.0 (minimum of 6.0 in all sections)

• TOEFL iBT: 100 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 4, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 1, 2017
18 - 30 months
Part time
Full time
90,000 CNY
June 30, 2017
Start date Sept. 1, 2017
China Suzhou
Application deadline June 30, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 18 - 30 months
Price 90,000 CNY
Price for the entire programme