Many congratulations on securing your place to study at the University of Bath; I wish you continued success during your time with us.

As Director of Studies (DoS), responsible for the academic and operational management of the MA TESOL, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the University and to the Department of Education. Below you will find some information about the induction programme that has been arranged for you.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from 24-28 September. At 9:15am on Tuesday 25 September you will have a departmental induction. Welcome Week will include a range of activities that will allow you to learn more about studying at Bath, the MA TESOL programme, your lecturers and it will be a great opportunity to get to know other students on the programme.

Support available in your Department:

Although exciting, many students find that the transition to study at a new institution can be challenging. We are here to support you so please let us know if you are having any difficulties or have any concerns and we will do our very best to assist you through this transitional period. You can contact:

All incoming students will be also allocated a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for providing pastoral and academic support. You will have an opportunity to meet your Personal Tutor during Welcome Week. They will be able to answer your most immediate questions connected to studying and living in the UK and, in case of more specific issues, they will be able to tell you where to find the answer or get support from.

Department pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival reading

We’ve put together some suggested texts to help you to read around the area of TESOL before you commence your studies with us.

  • Alsagoff, L., McKey, S. L., Hu, G., & Renandya, W. A. (Eds.). (2012). Principles and practices for teaching English as an international language. New York: Routledge.
  • Andrews, L. (2006). Teacher language awareness. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ortega, L. (2009). Understanding second language acquisition. London: Hodder Arnold.

Please note that these texts are only a recommendation and you are not required to purchase or read the full list.

You can find more information about Welcome Week and things you can do in preparation for your arrival at Bath. These pages will be updated as the time draws closer to Welcome Week (particularly during September). Therefore, please do continue to visit these pages ahead of your arrival.

Visit and like our Facebook page to be informed about the activities and achievements of our colleagues and PhD students.

We very much look forward to meeting you at the end of September. In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With very best wishes,

Dr Reka R. Jablonkai MA TESOL Director of Studies

Dr Janina Iwaniec MA TESOL Deputy Director of Studies