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.
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.
Why choose this course?
Not only will successful completion of the course give you a dual qualification that will allow you to apply for positions overseas or in the UK as an English language teacher, but you should also receive a thorough grounding in English language and linguistics, developing your critical thinking, analytical, written and spoken communication skills, which are vital in almost any career. Depending on the optional modules you choose, you can specialise in teaching English for academic purposes (EAP) or teaching young learners, at primary and secondary school level. You will also learn about ‘online’ language teaching and have opportunities to practise using a range of applications that enable this.
You’ll be taught by staff with many years of experience in the field of language teaching and teacher training, who themselves have taught in Spain, Greece, Poland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey, Russia – and more – and the UK.
There are opportunities throughout your study to 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. Also in Year Two you will have the chance to try teaching online, and in Year Three you have the opportunity to teach EAP – English for academic purposes – to international students studying at CU. You can also 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.
International experience opportunities
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.
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.