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  • Objectives
    The MA course aims to provide the opportunity for advanced study of the nature and structure of human language, equipping students for research in linguistics and for professional involvement with language and communication. The MA in Applied Linguistics aims to combine the core issues of linguistic theory and linguistic description with the advanced study of the questions of language learning and education.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements: An upper second-class Honours degree from a British institution or its equivalent in linguistics or a related subject, and letters of reference that reflect that level of performance. At least three years of formal classroom experience in teaching English as a foreign language or in teaching another language as a foreign language.
  • Academic Title
    Applied Linguistics MA
  • Course description
    Course description
    This course is shared with the School of Education and comprises the core course unit in Research Methods in Linguistics, together with either Introduction to Grammatical Theory or Phonetics and Phonology. You also take a further 15-credit course unit offered by Linguistics and four 15-credit course units offered by the School of Education, and complete a dissertation.

    All taught MA students are required to attend the Linguistics Seminar, which takes place usually fortnightly, on Tuesdays, from 4-5.30pm. The Seminar is the principal academic event of the Linguistics and English Language research community within the School. Presentations are given both by staff and by invited speakers from outside the university.

    Module details
    Students normally take 45 credits (i.e. three 15-credit course units) from the Linguistics provision, and another 45 credits (i.e three 15-credit course units) from Education's `Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages' (TESOL) and `Educational Technology' (EdTech) provisions. The Linguistics course units normally include either Introduction to Grammatical Theory or Phonetics and Phonology (15 credits each). The Research Methods course unit (30 credits) may be taken in either Linguistics or Education; it is normally taken in the subject in which the dissertation (60 credits) will be written. 

    Optional course units typically available in Linguistics include:

    -Readings in Applied Linguistics
    -Psycholinguistics
    -Sociolinguistics
    -English Corpus Linguistics
    -Language Evolution
    -Language Change

    Optional course units typically available in the School of Education include:

    -Approaches, Methods and Techniques
    -Courseware Development for Distributed Learning
    -Language Education as Intercultural Practice
    -Teaching and Learning On-line
    -Language Learning and Technology
    -Course Design for Language Teachers
    -Psychology of Language Learning
    -Multimedia in Language Education
    -The Education of Language Teachers
    -Discourse and Language Education

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