Applied Linguistics and TESOL, MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you wish to further develop your academic and professional expertise in the field of English Language Teaching practice.

Start date
September each year
Department
English

Contact
+44 (0)116 229 7552
schoolofarts@le.ac.uk

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Course description

Course description

The MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is aimed at graduate teachers and other English Language Teaching professionals with at least two years' English language teaching experience who wish to further their academic and professional development.

This degree will provide you with:

  • A critical understanding of key issues and debates in many areas of applied linguistics and of how these relate to English Language Teaching.
  • A body of knowledge that will enhance your ability to undertake language teaching at a range of levels in different cultural and institutional contexts.
  • The ability to reflect, analyse and critically evaluate language teaching and learning concepts and theories, and to understand and examine the assumptions underlying different classroom practices.
  • The skills to undertake effective practitioner research in your specific area of interest.

You will also benefit from our active involvement in research in different areas of Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

If you take the two ‘Language Testing and Assessment’ modules and choose a language testing topic for your Dissertation, you will be awarded an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL with Language Testing’.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • At least a relevant second class honours degree - or its equivalent from a non-UK university (GPA 3.0 or above)
  • You should normally be a teacher or working in the English Language Teaching field with two years’ teaching experience.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at least 6.0 in each component score. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in 2018

  • £7,835

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

Waddington Scholarship

The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in 2018

  • £15,980

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Waddington Scholarship

The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The field of English language teaching is increasingly competitive and many organisations see a Masters level qualification as an essential requirement. Many of our graduates go on to gain promotion in their existing jobs or to move on to more senior or challenging posts. This course is a powerful vehicle for both personal and professional development.

The University of Leicester provides further support to teachers through our School of Education, where we offer a range of professional development opportunities for practising teachers, including CPD courses and Masters degrees.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Core modules

Core modules

  • Second Language Teaching
  • Second Language Learning
  • Grammar Awareness
  • Phonology and Pronunciation
  • Language in Society

Plus your Dissertation

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Option modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Psychological Issues in Language Learning
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Language Testing and Assessment 1
  • Language Testing and Assessment 2
  • English for Specific/Academic Purposes
  • Materials Design and Development 
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL)
  • Continuing Professional Development for English Language Teachers

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

Education at Leicester attracts students and academics from all over the world, allowing you to become part of an inclusive, diverse and professional international network.

Our courses aim to develop leaders in education and so have been designed with your career prospects in mind.

Our range of modules allow you to study a course tailored to your interests.

You will be taught by academics with considerable teaching, management and research experience who are at the forefront of research in education.

Teaching and learning

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars and workshops, with tutorial support. You will be assessed through written assignments and some tests, presentations and project work, depending on the particular module. You will be encouraged to develop your transferable skills, including IT and communication skills.

In your third term you will undertake a dissertation in a subject of your choice. You will be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area who will guide and support you.

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