Bachelor of Education Honours in Teaching English as A Second Language

Bachelor of Education Honours in Teaching English as A Second Language

Eligibility Criteria

GCE (A/L) Minimum 3 passes in one sitting or equivalent


4 years


Full time

Bachelor of Education Honours in Teaching English as a Second Language (BEd Hons in TESL) is a four-year Honours degree programme specially designed to cater to the students who wish to pursue a career in Teaching English for Primary and Secondary school students.

The programme aims to produce graduate teachers who are trained, dynamic and competent to Teach English as a second language. In Sri Lanka, there is a huge demand for graduates who are professionally qualified in teaching English. Therefore, there is a plethora of opportunities for TESL qualified teachers in the Sri Lankan education sector, with opportunities for higher education worldwide.

For whom:

  • Those who seek career opportunities as English teachers in Sri Lanka or abroad
  • Those who wish to further study English Language/Linguistics, English Literature and English language teaching and to pursue research based higher education


Master of Education (MEd)             Master of Philosophy (MPhil)            Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Key Features:

  • Competent teaching panel comprising experienced with state & non-state university
  • Professional experience through internship/teaching practicum at government/semi
  • government / private schools
  • Extensive Curriculum
  • In-house accommodation facilities
  • Onsite and online learning
  • Easy payment plans
  • Real campus life experience/ Individual attention (at the registration or screening process)

Entry Qualifications:

  • Minimum three Simple passes (S) in any stream of study at the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Examination conducted by the Department of Examinations at one sitting within a maximum of three attempts OR recognized equivalent by the academic senate.

Year-wise Curriculum

Year 1: (SLQF Level 3) – Core Modules

  • English Grammar
  • Introduction to English Language
  • Introduction to TESL
  • Philosophical Foundation of Education
  • Introduction to English Literature
  • Theories and Methods in ELT
  • Psychological Foundation of Education
  • Developing Reading and Writing Skills
  • Phonetics and Phonology for Language
  • Teachers
  • A selection of English Poetry

Year 2: (SLQF Level 4) – Core Modules

  • Morphology for Language Teachers
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Drama and the Novel
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • ICT for ELT
  • Syntax and Semantics for Language Teachers
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Education
  • Teaching Speaking
  • Sri Lankan Literature in English

Year 3: (SLQF Level 5) – Core Modules

  • Lesson Planning & Classroom Management
  • Teaching Reading and Writing
  • English Text books used in Sri Lankan Schools
  • Materials Development in ELT
  • Learner Diversity and Inclusive Education
  • Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers
  • Literary Theory
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Educational Management

Elective Modules – Translation

Field Methods in Linguistics

Year 4: (SLQF Level 6) – Core Modules 

  • Writing for the Media
  • Soft Skills for Teachers
  • Guidance and Counselling
  • Research Methodology
  • Statistical Software for Data Analysis
  • Academic Writing Practice
  • Research in ELT
  • Dissertation

*The Optional modules are introduced to equip the students with some additional knowledge during the study period. However, the credit values of these two modules will not be included in GPA calculation. 

Career Opportunities 

  • English Language Teacher in Schools (Government/ Semi government/ Private)
  • University lecturers through research based further education
  • Linguist
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Technical writer
  • Grant writer
  • IELTS /TOEFL Language Instructor

International Opportunities

  • Higher Education
  • Internal Teaching Careers