English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) BA (Hons)

Coventry University

Program Overview

Teaching English as a foreign language can be fun, challenging, hugely rewarding, and can enable you to see the world and meet new people.

  •  You will have opportunities to develop skills through authentic teaching practice, teaching English to young learners (primary and secondary), and teaching English online.
  • This course can equip you with vital skills in English language, linguistics and practical teaching so you can provide an immersive and engaging educational experience.
  • There are opportunities for working with charities and NGOs in the developing parts of the world, and there are also opportunities in the UK, as more and more people come from around the world to study, work and live here.
  • Graduates from this course have gone on to teach in China, Thailand, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and South Korea – as well as in the UK.

CoventryUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,300



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Why you should study this course

Our course provides you with the opportunity for the following:

  •  Upon successful completion, gain a teaching qualification by the end of the second year: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or the Cambridge Assessment English accredited Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT). These qualifications allow you to apply for positions in particular countries overseas or in the UK as an English language teacher.
  • Develop a thorough grounding in English language and linguistics, critical thinking, and skills in analytical, written and spoken communication, which is key in almost any career.
  • We currently have significant links with a wide variety of employers such as secondary schools, magazines, newspapers and local charities, many of whom may offer professional experience opportunities.
  • Gain authentic experience of teaching learners of English. A large component of the assessment in Year Two is centred on teaching practice with learners attending specially arranged classes at the university. In addition, in Year Two you will have the opportunity to try teaching online, and in Year Three.
  • Apply for a year’s work placement for an optional enhancement year, which has led previous students to work as English teachers with the British Council in Spain and France or at partner universities in China, for example.

What you'll study

Year one

During the first year, we examine the theories of learning and second language acquisition (SLA). We focus on learners and their contexts; the reasons people have for learning English and the needs and expectations they bring to the classroom. We’ll consider the roles of teachers, leading into the study of classroom management and standard teaching techniques.


  • How Languages are Learned and Taught - 30 credits

  • Introduction to TEFL - 30 credits

  • Language Architecture - 20 credits

  • Discourse and Digital Media - 30 credits

  • Add+vantage module - 20 credits

Year two
In your second year, you’ll continue to develop your teaching skills through weekly practice sessions, teaching members of the wider community who want to learn English and who attend specially arranged classes at the university. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to choose an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that does not have to be related to your degree.


  • Language and Society - 20 credits

  • Principles and Practice of TEFL 1 - 20 credits

  • Principles and Practice of TEFL 2 - 20 credits

  • Writing for Success -10 credits

  • Online Language Teaching - 20 credits

  • Add+Vantage module - 20 credits

  • Optional Modules (Choose 1 from 2)

Final year
In your third year, your studies will finish in a dissertation or professional portfolio through which you pursue and research an idea or issue that fires up your own interests. Past students have chosen exciting topics like the use of WhatsApp (and other apps) for teaching English, or the influence of teacher motivation on the learners’ motivation.


  • Language, Identity and Power -20 credits

  • Advanced Writing Skills -10 credits

  • Materials Evaluation and Design in a Multimedia World -20 credits

  • Teaching Young Learners -20 credits

  • Add+Vantage module - 20 credits

  • Optional Modules

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall

International Fees
£15,300 per year

International Pathways 2022 Scholarship
You could enjoy a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees.

Our high-quality foundation, international year one and pre-masters courses are for international students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to their preferred Coventry University undergraduate or postgraduate course. We can support you to achieve the academic and/or English grades you need and help you gain the personal and professional skills required to study at university.

We want to encourage ambitious international students like you to study at Coventry University, so we’ve secured extra financial support for you worth £3,000, to help with the cost of tuition fees, living expenses and accommodation.

The scholarship application deadline is:
September 2022 intake: 31 July 2022

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be in a position to start applying immediately to a range of potential employers, including commercial language schools, education and development organisations, government departments, multinational companies, The British Council and a whole host of international volunteer organisations and NGOs.

Alternatively, if you decide not to teach, successfully completing this course should have prepared you for any career that involves the use of language and particularly those professions where communication dominates: the media and cultural industries, primary and secondary education, public relations, marketing and advertising.

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