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English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

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Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2019



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Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) gives you the opportunity to travel the world. A degree in English Language and TEFL can take you into a wide array of different contexts, from teaching air-traffic controllers in Madrid, to advertising executives in Rio de Janeiro, or university students in China.

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. English is the official language of 54 separate countries, spoken by around 400 million people as their first language and used by around a billion more. Its importance socially, culturally, politically and economically fuels the demand for people certified to teach English throughout the world.

Successful completion of this course enables you to qualify as an instructor of English while studying for a degree in English Language. As a trained specialist, you could travel the globe and experience new cultures, while helping people to learn the English language and skills for effective communication.

Coventry is an authorised Cambridge University English Language Assessment Centre, which enables the opportunity to gain the professional and internationally recognised Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), in addition to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) degree accreditation.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The University of Cambridge

The course has been designed in line with the criteria for accreditation by The University of Cambridge, which enables students to submit for the award of a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) at the end of the second year.

What our students say

I have developed skills such as: leadership, patience, team-building and the ability to improvise and adapt to different situations outside of my comfort zone. Definitely seize the opportunity, it is life changing.

Terri-Rhiannon Anguish, BA (Hons) Spanish and TEFL, final year student

Course information

The course aims to equip you not just with English language and linguistics subject knowledge, and practical teaching skills, but also with the awareness and technological know-how that will enable you to take advantage of the 21st century tools that enrich teaching and learning.

You will have opportunities to develop skills through authentic teaching practice, and to specialise in teaching English for academic purposes (EAP), teaching English to young learners (primary and secondary), and teaching English online.

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


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Course specification
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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.

Language awareness is clearly an important consideration, so you’ll have opportunities to develop your own knowledge ‘about’ English to help you teach the language effectively. You will analyse how the learning of the language systems of grammar, lexis and phonology is integrated into the development of learners’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of language and linguistics, along with other English students. This should give you insights into how language works and how people use language when speaking and writing across a wide range of contexts, so that the messages they want to get across have the intended impact.


  • How Languages are Learned and Taught

  • Introduction to TEFL

  • Language Architecture

  • English through Time and Space


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


In your second year, you’ll continue to develop your teaching skills through weekly practice sessions teaching learners of English who attend specially arranged classes at the University. You’ll be taught about adapting published teaching materials to better suit the needs of the learners you are teaching, as well as designing your own materials starting from written and spoken texts available through a range of media.

You’ll have the chance to deepen your knowledge of learning strategies by studying, analysing and reporting on the way people use the English language in real-life situations. For example, one of your TEFL assignments in Year Two is a case study of an individual learner of English – a learner from your teaching practice group. You’ll collect samples of speech and writing and analyse their strengths and weaknesses in order to create a study plan to help your learner continue developing proficiency in English.


  • Language and Society

  • Principles and Practice of TEFL 1

  • Principles and Practice of TEFL 2

  • Professional Development

  • Online Language Teaching

  • Optional Modules

    1 from the following:

    • Language and New Media
    • Visual Language and Multimodality
    • Practical English


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


After your second year, you can choose to insert a sandwich year into your degree. This can take the form of a work placement, either abroad or in the UK, or a study placement abroad. Past students have worked as English teachers at partner universities in China and Spain, at a language school in northern Peru, and even for ING Banking Group here in the UK.


In the third year, your studies culminate 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

  • Professional Enhancement

  • Materials Evaluation and Design in a Multimedia World

  • Optional Modules

    *2 or 3 from the following:

    • Practical Academic English
    • EAP: Principles and Practice
    • Final Year Project
    • Teaching Young Learners
    • Language in the Mind and the Machine
    • Language and Globalisation

    *Final Year Project is a 40-credit module (based on either a Dissertation or a Professional Portfolio), so if this is chosen only one other option can be chosen. If Final Year Project is not chosen, three of the other 20-credit options can be chosen.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


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In more detail...

  • A wide range of optional modules to choose from.
  • Option to volunteer in schools to gain experience as a teaching assistant.
  • Become part of the Student’s Union Source Media team contributing to its radio, TV and news platforms.
  • Join the student-run English and Languages Society or the Literary Society, which organise discussions, readings, and social events.
  • You have the opportunity to enhance your critical thinking and judgment, developing the communication skills employers are looking for.
  • A modern Languages Centre with classrooms specially designed for language teaching and learning, with language labs equipped with the latest language learning software.
  • Participate in fieldtrips such as our visit to the Language Show Live in London each October – Europe’s biggest exhibition for language education and language service providers.
  • Significant links with a wide variety of employers such as secondary schools, magazines, newspapers and local charities, many of whom offer professional experience opportunities.
  • Taught by active researchers, who regularly publish research into language teaching and learning, with expertise in teaching and learning materials design and the use of social media for language learning and practice.
  • You can apply for a work placement, which has led previous students to experiences such as English subject mentors at Cardinal Newman School and Grace Academy in Coventry, a marketing and events social media and newsletter editor at the Coventry Irish Society, an editorial intern at Grazia Magazine, a freelance journalist at Coventry News and Sport, or English teachers at partner universities in Spain and China.

Opportunity to participate in an exciting range of educational and cultural field trips, for example the Language Show Live.

Our main study themes are:

  • Teaching English as a foreign language: Explores the principles, teaching methodologies and techniques underlying the teaching of English as a Foreign Language. You’ll observe lessons taught by experienced teachers, as well as gaining your own practical experience in delivering increasingly effective lessons in weekly teaching practice sessions. You will be taught how to critically evaluate published teaching materials and deepen your understanding of the rationale behind the language and skills practice activities that are presented in TEFL course books.

  • Language and linguistics: The analysis of the nature and structure of English Language, its meanings, forms and contexts, including how words and sentences are formed, how we make and hear sounds, how languages change and vary, and how language is organised in the brain.

  • Stylistics: Analysing style involves looking closely and systematically at the formal features of a text and then considering how those features affect and contribute to the meaning and interpretation of the text in question. We will examine the linguistic models and analytic techniques that can be used to describe, analyse and interpret a range of literary, as well as non-literary, texts.

  • Literary genres: A study of the different genres in the study of literature, such as poetry, drama, prose fiction and film. You will develop an awareness of literary conventions, literary history and how both are related to social and cultural contexts. You’ll gain insights and opinions about different literary genres and be familiar with the analysis and interpretation of poetic, narrative and dramatic texts.

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time.

Coventry University was one of the first UK universities to embed Cambridge teaching qualifications into the second year of study. Students who achieve a result in TEFL above the average grade in their first year, and meet our own criteria, are given the opportunity to study for the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). Students who do not achieve the required level can opt for the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT).

The emphasis of teaching is on language as discourse, an approach that significantly enhances both an awareness of language as an instrument for constructing meaning and also the range of ‘tools’ for teachers, but we also examine different styles of language, for example through modules covering sociolinguistics topics. Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and practical workshop classes, for example, using a concordance programme to investigate various linguistic phenomena in a corpus of texts. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

Our excellent industry links enable us to host an exciting programme of guest speakers covering topics such as the impact of the Internet and social media on language and how it is used.

Your weekly teaching practice sessions provide an opportunity for members of the local community to improve their English language skills; some come to us through a link we have with Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, while others are people who’ve come to live, work and study in Coventry. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on fieldtrips, for example, to the Language Show Live in London in October and the Harry Potter Studios in London or a night at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry catching a play for those interested in creative writing.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, with associated seminars and practical workshop classes.

Meet our staff

Elwyn Lloyd

Elwyn Lloyd is a senior lecturer in English and course director for English and TEFL.

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This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include, coursework, tests, essays, formal examination, practical or project work, presentations/posters and group work.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in language teaching and linguistics to be an effective teacher of English in the communities you go on to work in.
  • Use your understanding of theories of language learning and pedagogy to evaluate, select and adapt teaching materials in order to meet learners’ needs.
  • Utilise digital tools and technologies to create bespoke materials in offline and online formats that enhance both classroom-based and online teaching and learning.
  • Reflect critically and analytically on your own and others' practice in order to continue developing teaching skills.
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the history, evolution, spread, and nature of the English language as well as how English can vary and change according to context, identity and social interaction.
  • Communicate effectively in professional, academic and social contexts, and across a range of mediums including in person, on paper and online.
  • Think critically and independently, effectively navigating information, producing knowledge, communicating findings and keeping abreast of the latest developments in the fields of language teaching and linguistics.
  • Step into a range of roles commensurate with your aspirations, be they related to post-graduate study or employment in teaching or the arts and cultural, creative, business or digital industries.
  • Meet challenges with confidence in the skills, resourcefulness and professionalism your have developed over the course.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-hour session up to 3 times each semester (as individuals or in small groups), as well as individual project supervision in your final year.
  • Medium group teaching: 8 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 5 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 26 hours of self-directed studying, including guided study using handouts, online activities in your own time.

This course is focused on supporting graduates, development of the skills to work and teach English all over the world, so the curriculum explores a range of different cultures and contexts through modules such as Language and Globalisation and Language and Society.

You will be given opportunities to engage with international students at home and abroad, for example through online projects with students at partner universities in other countries, and in person through field trips abroad (additional costs may apply) or when students come to visit us in Coventry.

We strongly encourage you to broaden your theoretical, cultural and practical references, providing opportunities to broaden your horizons by living, studying or working abroad on a sandwich year. For example, you can study English at Limoges in France or teach English in Spain or China.

There are volunteering opportunities to mentor overseas students in Coventry as ‘English buddies’, and invitations to attend scholarly talks by overseas visitors, which have previously included academics from China, France and Spain. We also offer a range of short visits and field trips abroad, which are reviewed annually. Recent field trips have included a visit to Spain to meet students who had collaborated with CU students on an online project.

At Coventry University, you can enjoy a whole host of multicultural and multilingual activities, such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs. You can learn another language with the university-wide Add+vantage Scheme or the Linguae Mundi programme.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

I have developed skills such as: leadership, patience, team-building and the ability to improvise and adapt to different situations outside of my comfort zone. Definitely seize the opportunity, it is life changing.

Terri-Rhiannon Anguish, BA (Hons) Spanish and TEFL, final year student

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU073
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language, or specified equivalents. Applicants without A2 English require GCSE English Language or Literature at grade B.


Additional Information: applicants may be invited to attend an interview.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade B.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

What our students say

I have developed skills such as: leadership, patience, team-building and the ability to improvise and adapt to different situations outside of my comfort zone. Definitely seize the opportunity, it is life changing.

Terri-Rhiannon Anguish, BA (Hons) Spanish and TEFL, final year student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2019

£13,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip For students on the English and TEFL course: optional cost of entry fee to obtain the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

What our students say

I have developed skills such as: leadership, patience, team-building and the ability to improvise and adapt to different situations outside of my comfort zone. Definitely seize the opportunity, it is life changing.

Terri-Rhiannon Anguish, BA (Hons) Spanish and TEFL, final year student

Career prospects

According to the British Council, there were around 1.7 billion people learning and using English worldwide in 2015, forecast to rise to 2 billion by 2020.

There are hundreds of language schools throughout the UK, as well as opportunities to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) in places like Japan, China and other East Asian countries, the Middle East, parts of Eastern Europe, Spain, Italy and Germany.

On successful completion of this course, you can 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.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course-specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates of the course have gone on to work for language service providers abroad as well as in the UK, and some have trained as school teachers through PGCE programmes. After some full-time teaching experience, you can go on to take the higher level Diploma in English Language Teaching (DELTA) or an MA course in English Language Teaching.

What our alumni say

“I am so grateful for everything you taught me,  I have found a career that I love and I feel like I can help people. Your teaching style inspired me, as it was so different from my previous education. You encouraged me, and the feedback that I got from you was extremely helpful ... so thank you!”

Katalin Lakatos, TEFL graduate (2012) and now a teacher at East Midlands School of Business and Management.

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.