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Comprehensive applied learning for future ELT leaders

Flexible online classes: just 10-12 hours/week to study

Practical seminars with professors once every 2 weeks + informal activities

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Earn your master’s in English Language Teaching (ELT or TESOL) leadership and gain practical skills in language teaching and education management.

You'll learn from TESOL specialists who graduated from top Universities in Oxford, Durham, Adelaide and Sheffield as well as in internationally recognised Tomsk faculty, gained years of professional experience and have a unique ELT expertise.

Our students acquire a wide range of skills such as creating educational products for different cultures, contexts and objectives, digital competencies, ELT management and even entrepreneurship. Moreover the program gives you an access to the international community of professionals, which is crucial for long-term career building.

Boost your English-teaching career

The program is designed for those who want to build a career in English language Teaching (ELT), whether your goal is to work in universities and colleges, language schools, primary and secondary schools, or edtech. You will graduate with internationally recognized master's degree in linguistics (English Language Teaching leadership) from Tomsk State University.
Requirements for admissions
• Bachelor's degree
• English proficiency of no lower than C1
Personal Statement
Take a quiz to know your chances
Are you eligible for a grant?
25th June, 2022
Second wave deadline
15th May, 2022
Start of the program
1st November, 2022
Cohorts and deadlines
First wave deadline
Program length
24 months
You should explain your motivation for applying to the Global Master’s in ELT Leadership.

You can address the following topics:
Why you are applying to this program
Any relevant experience (e.g. in teaching, education, etc.)
What particular aspects of the program interest you
What you hope to gain from the program
How you plan to contribute to the program (ideas, relevant background)
Your professional plans for the future after graduation

700 words maximum
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After the program you will

Design ELT programs for different ages and cultural environments
Study the peculiarities of the student's perception based on their age and prior background. Learn to integrate the gamification and other techniques in the learning process to keep your audience motivated.
Incorporate e-learning trends and new delivery formats
Learn how to structure the program and deliver "the speaker experience" into an online format. Master the principles of pedagogical design and storytelling. 
Manage a course/program
You'll learn how to efficiently establish and lead ELT management systems in digital and traditional classrooms settings: how to assemble a team, develop a concept, plan resources and use digital media for promotion
Advance your teaching skills
You'll gain more teaching experience with the feedback from ELT professionals and your colleagues with different backgrounds


Current Issues in Education
In this course, you will gain familiarity with current issues and trends in education, including educational innovation, internationalization, digitalization, and educational policy. You’ll learn to critically reflect on current issues in education and their impact on your own professional practice.
Language, Culture and Professional Communication
In this course, you’ll study topical issues of language and culture and analyze difficulties faced by teachers and managers. You’ll also examine the features of English structure and functioning as you build familiarity with various levels of language as a system—phonetics, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistic aspects, and more. You’ll build tolerance and respect for cultural values, and develop competence in professional communication.
TESOL Theory and Practice
In this course, you’ll get an introduction to key issues in TESOL. You’ll master practical methods of teaching English and study the structural components of a lesson and the role of pedagogical support (scaffolding) in teaching language skills. You’ll also develop your ability to create tasks and learning situations for practicing language skills and receive a critical overview of various approaches to teaching a foreign language.
Research Methods in Education
In this course, you’ll master practice-oriented research techniques necessary for the organization of effective educational research—techniques that enable teachers to obtain reliable results and use them reflexively in educational practice. You’ll also benefit from a systematic review of the methodologies and methods of educational research.
Learning Design and Leadership
In this course, you’ll gain knowledge, skills, and abilities in learning design. You’ll focus on learning outcomes and establishing means of analyzing the results of learning, and evaluating and improving educational materials. You’ll also examine modern approaches and methods of developing educational materials, taking into account educational policy and the learning process.
Teaching English in Different Contexts
In this course, you’ll develop skills related to the use of English in a wide range of contexts and professional spheres and for different purposes. You’ll learn universal learning activities, and develop skills necessary to prepare for the most popular English exams.
Management in Language Education
In this course, you’ll become familiar with current management practices in language education, including academic management, project management, team leadership, and the effective use of marketing in the practical activities of educational institutions.

Choose one of the two tracks

The Advanced Classroom Practitioner track is for teachers who want to advance their careers and build expertise in a particular area of ELT.
The Education Management track is ideal for those who wish to grow as academic leaders and ELT managers/ looking for opportunities in edtech
As a graduate of the program, you automatically become a member of our alumni network where you can keep in touch with your fellow graduates and graduates of other cohorts, and also our team of academic staff and guest lecturers. You can stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in ELT, and find out about open roles across the globe.


Senior Teacher
Team Leader
Head of Department
Language School Director
Academic Manager
Director of Studies
Assistant Director of Studies
Specialist in ELT Assessment
525 000 rub per year (approx. $6670).

Cost of education

We offer awards of up to 50% of tuition fees to outstanding students wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2022-23. Grants will be awarded to candidates based on their personal statement and previous experience.
Tuition fees can be paid in 8 equal payments during the program.

We want your master's to be a career investment: not only does this programme enable you to become a specialised ELT professional, it also opens the door to further study in academia and to careers in edtech, programs management and development especially in multi-cultural contexts, consulting and entrepreneurship

Program Director and Founding Head, Department of Translation and Language Communication

Dr Peter J Mitchell

Apply for the program now
First wave deadline is June 15th

How does the online master's work

The pre-recorded lectures are delivered via Moodle, while we use Slack for communication and zoom for live seminars
Applied courses
The courses we offer are practice-oriented, you will need to complete 120 credits to earn your degree
Degree certificate
You’ll complete the program in two years and graduate with a master’s degree in linguistics (English Language Teaching).
The program is designed to offer maximum flexibility so you can effectively balance learning with your other obligations and commitments. The required time is approximately 10-12 hours per week.
Video about the program
the University
Tomsk State University (TSU) is the largest classical university in the Asian part of Russia and an acknowledged centre of science, education, and innovation. It was founded by the decree of Emperor Alexander II as Imperial Tomsk University on 28th May, 1878.

There are 23,000 students from around the world studying at Tomsk State University. The number of international students is continually increasing; currently there are more than 3,000 students from 70 countries.

The Faculty of Foreign Languages at Tomsk State University was founded in 1995 and has established a reputation as a leader in educating future teachers, translators and linguists. The Department of Translation and Language Communication was established by Dr Peter J Mitchell in 2019 to prepare specialists in education, communication and innovation.


What appears on the degree certificate? Is it the same degree as the on-campus program?
You will graduate with internationally recognized master's degree in linguistics (English Language Teaching leadership) from Tomsk State University. The mode of delivery of the degree (online) is not indicated on the degree certificate.
Is the program accredited?
The program is recognized by the Chartered Institute of Linguists in the UK and is accredited by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Russia.
Can I try a course before I apply or enroll in the full degree?
There are multiple online courses you can enroll in as you consider enrolling in the full degree program. Your completed assignments will count towards your degree progress.

English Language Teaching: An Introduction
English Language Teaching: Classroom Management
English Language Teaching: Materials and Planning
If I have further questions, where can I address them?
Will I get a chance to network with other students on the course?
Yes. You will be involved in the international community from all over the world. Team Projects, synchronic lectures and seminars will be held every two weeks.
Are there any internships?
Yes. After the second semester you will have an internship in one of the ELT companies or educational organizations.
Is there an application fee?
There is no fee to apply to the program
Can I transfer credits into the program?
No. However, you have the opportunity to complete certain individual courses where your progress can be applied to your degree upon acceptance into the full program.
What types of scholarships and financial aid are available?
This year we offer grants to successful applicants based on their motivational letter and prior background. You need to apply to the program first, an we will get back to you with the unconditional offer specifying the available grant (up to 50% of tuition fees). 
What is the tuition fee? Should I pay the full cost in advance?
The tuition fee is approximately $6,400 (525,000 RUB) per year. Tuition fees can be paid in 8 equal payments during the program.
What level of English is required?
English proficiency of no lower than C1 (TOEFL IBT - 79, IELTS - 6.5, or any other certificate of English proficiency can be provided as a supporting document)
What should I include in the personal statement?
You should explain your motivation for applying to the Global Master’s in ELT Leadership.
You can address the following topics:
  • Why you are applying to this program
  • Any relevant experience (e.g. in teaching, education, etc.)
  • What particular aspects of the program interest you
  • What you hope to gain from the program
  • Your professional plans for the future after graduation
700 words maximum

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