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  • Entry requirements
    The MA in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is designed for teachers who intend to teach English as a foreign language (EFL) or who wish to enhance their professional competence and career opportunities. It combines elements of general and applied linguistics with the theory and practice of teaching English. Applicants should normally have a good degree or equivalent from a university or other approved institution of higher education, or an equivalent international qualification. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate teaching experience of TEFL and/or familiarity with TEFL methodology, for example, from within an undergraduate programme. Applicants whose first language is not English should have reached grade 7 IELTS or have obtained a TOEFL score of at least 620 (260 computer-based) or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    MA/PgD Applied Linguistics And Teaching English As A Foreign Language
  • Course description
    The MA in Applied Linguistics and TEFL aims to develop an understanding of the general and applied linguistic issues that have a bearing on the learning and teaching of English as a foreign language. It will also enable teachers to reflect on their current teaching practice.

    The course is structured on the basis of core units and optional units.

    Core units

    -Principles of applied linguistics
    -Theory and practice of TEFL
    -Research management
    -Second language learning and teaching
    -ELT curriculum, syllabus design and assessment
    -Optional units
    -Language in use
    -World Englishes
    -Materials development
    -Technology in language teaching and learning
    -Independent learning
    -These units are described briefly below.

    Exit levels
    The credit system creates a flexible framework in which you can graduate with one of the following awards, depending on the number of credits gained. Each taught unit has a credit rating of 15 credits with the dissertation worth 60 credit points:

    MA in Applied Linguistics and TEFL (four core units plus the research management and dissertation units) 180 credits

    Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics and TEFL:
    120 credits
    Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics and TEFL: 60 credits

    Core unit descriptions

    Principles of applied linguistics
    This unit provides an opportunity for familiarisation with Halliday’s functional approach to language description and the contributions of semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics to the teaching of English. The focus at all times is on applying models and linguistic theories to the classroom.

    Theory and practice of TEFL
    This unit is designed to give you an up-to-date understanding of the principles which underpin practice in TEFL. We will introduce you to the theories upon which contemporary language learning and teaching practice in TEFL is based, as well as practical teaching ideas for the communicative classroom. We will examine the EFL learner and learner differences and equip you with some basic skills for classroom-focused research.

    Research management
    The research management unit is designed to prepare you for the dissertation. Following the discussion of suitable topics at Masters level, you will be introduced to a variety of methodologies that will enable to you to develop a practical and analytical framework for your dissertation.

    Second language learning and teaching
    This unit focuses on features of language learner development, such as variability in language performance and ultimate attainment, by investigating the influence of different learning environments, e.g. age, individual learner differences, language input and the learner’s first language. The unit includes coverage of particular issues, such as inter-language pragmatics, language attrition and the relearning of a forgotten language.

    ELT curriculum, syllabus design and assessment
    In this unit you will focus on the relationship between curriculum, syllabus, courses and assessment. You will examine curriculum development and change. You will also develop the skills and knowledge practitioners require for the adoption or development of new syllabuses, courses and assessments and understand ways of evaluating these. We will also consider ways in which qualitative research underpins studies.

    You will choose your dissertation theme with support from your dissertation tutor. We will encourage you to start thinking about your dissertation topics (initial dissertation proposal) as early as possible, so that when the time comes to focus you will be in a position to take forward the dissertation dynamically (dissertation proposal and dissertation.

    Optional Unit Descriptions

    Language in use
    Starting with a discussion of key features of discourse and pragmatics we go on to examine the extent to which language teaching materials develop learner awareness of the issues raised. The teaching of grammar, vocabulary, phonology and the four skills are scrutinised from this perspective, and relevant literature in each area is critically assessed.

    World Englishes
    The shape of English is changing all the time. The term ‘World Englishes’ has been coined to account for the many new varieties of English which have emerged outside the Anglo-Saxon world during the last century. In this unit you will learn about the development of these Englishes and, in particular, examine their implications for English language teaching and learning worldwide.

    Materials development
    This unit is aimed at helping students apply theoretical principles of second language acquisition and current research findings to the development of materials for learning and teaching. The unit will be practical in its focus. Students will develop skills to evaluate and adapt existing classroom materials to maximise learner engagement and will produce their own principled materials in a supportive environment.

    Technology in language teaching and learning
    The Technology in Language Learning unit allows its participants the opportunity to experience the use of technology first hand. It aims to make available both the theoretical knowledge of ICT( information communication technology) and its pedagogical application so that teachers are better placed to make the necessary changes to their teaching in order to exploit the potential ICT offers the language learning classroom.

    Independent learning
    In this unit you will be encouraged to analyse, discuss and evaluate in depth an area of Applied Linguistics or English Language Teaching which interests you and which is not otherwise explored or explored in such depth in the cores or options. You will be allocated an appropriate supervisor who will guide you through the planning process and continue to advise you throughout the unit.

    Please note. All optional units are subject to staff availability and student demand

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