New Directions in Second Language Teaching

An introduction to current theories and practices in TESOL and second language teaching

This course provides a fantastic introduction to the latest pedagogical and research developments in the fields of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Second Language Teaching in general. It will introduce you to the latest topics and issues that concern TESOL and Second Language Teaching professionals at the moment. You will be able to explore these exciting fields of research and practice in both global and micro-level contexts, and investigate approaches that focus on language itself.

The foundation of the course will be the evidence base of TESOL and Second Language Teaching, which looks at the practical implications for learning and teaching in a range of diverse contexts. It will draw on your own experience and knowledge, including your background, interests and career direction.

You will also have the opportunity to research aspects of the field, e.g. through the use of corpora or collecting data in a natural setting. There may also be opportunities to observe practitioners or experiment with pedagogies in practical microteaching tasks.


Who should choose this course?

This course is ideal for English Language Teaching professionals and other language teachers who are looking to reflect on their practice in light of the latest developments in the fields of TESOL and Second Language Teaching. Students who have recently graduated (or who are working towards their undergraduate studies) and are wanting to explore key concepts and issues in the fields of TESOL and Second Language Teaching. Prospective students who are registered (or thinking of registering) to the MSc in TESOL and the MSc in Language Teaching at The University of Edinburgh and who would like to familiarise themselves with some of the key concepts and issues introduced in these courses.


Course format

The course will be taught by experts in the field who teach on the MSc in TESOL and the MSc in Language Teaching at The University of Edinburgh, along with TESOL PhD students.

ach week, you will work, with guidance, on small research projects and present their research outcomes at the end of each week. The feedback from these presentations will feed forward to the summative poster presentation at the end of week 3. Students will produce a final research poster based on the feedforward they have received in the previous formative presentations.



  • Poster presentation
  • Research poster

Component weights to be confirmed


Course organisers

Dr Claudia Rosenhan is currently the programme director on the MSc TESOL at Moray House School of Education. This programme attracts a large number of graduates who go on to develop a number of career paths after their MSc studies, such as teaching, educational management or further postgraduate work at Edinburgh or other universities.

Dr. Florence Bonacina-Pugh teaches on the MSc TESOL and the MSc Language Teaching at Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh, and conducts research in the sociolinguistics of second language education. Florence also has many years of experience of teaching French as a foreign language in the UK.



By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Begin working effectively with knowledge that covers and integrates current developments in Second Language Teaching both from a local and a global perspective
  • Show a critical understanding of the nature and context of Second Language Teaching
  • Understand the research methodologies in the developing field of Second Language Teaching
  • Evaluate and design language teaching materials as a way to develop a practical understanding of the contexts of language teaching
  • Analyse data, execute a research activity and present outcomes
  • Synthesise a variety of primary and secondary sources, written, visual and material



A number of fee packages are available for the Summer School. Full fee information can be found on the Fees page.

All fee packages include tuition costs, the social programme, and your chosen accommodation type. Full information on our accommodation options can be found here.

Costs are provided per week. To calculate your total cost, select your package type, then multiply this cost by the number of weeks in your course.

e.g. A student selecting a Silver package for a 4-week course in July would calculate:

£757 x 4 weeks = £3028

To secure your place at the Summer School, you will be required to pay a deposit of £250 which can be reclaimed towards your fee package. This includes a non-refundable £50 application fee.

Please note that study in the UK may incur additional costs e.g. visa application fees.

If you submit your application and deposit before 31 January 2017, you can claim our special early bird rate. We also offer a range of special rates for students at our valued partner institutions. Please see our Fees page for more details.