Applied Linguistics and TESOL MA, PGDip, PGCert, by distance learning
If you already have at least one year’s TESOL experience, our MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (distance learning) will broaden and deepen your understanding of linguistics and its application to language learning and teaching. Explore how English works and how to analyse it. Choose optional modules that align with your professional interests and boost your career options. Join a thriving community of professional ELT teachers and learn with comprehensive, research-informed module materials.
Teaching and learning
We understand most of our students are combining academic study with work or other external commitments, so the course structure offers the flexibility to study at your own pace, while also providing structure and opportunities to work with fellow students and staff.
When you start your degree, you will be allocated a personal tutor (usually for the duration of the course), who works with you on a one-to-one basis, supporting you with your studies and with helping to plan your assignments. The module convenors and e-moderators also provide expert guidance on individual modules, through formative online activities, moderated module discussions and live webinars. The course content has been developed by our expert academic staff who also teach on our campus based courses. It is delivered through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, and includes a wide range of learning materials and resources incorporating the affordances of educational technology, such as recorded lectures, podcasts, collaborative activities through tools such as padlet and wikis and annotated e-reading lists. We also use Teams for our live, interactive events such as webinars or research talks. Through these activities, you will have the opportunity to join a supportive interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.
As well as all the resources in Blackboard, you will have access to the University’s digital library which includes a wide range of e-journals and e-books. You are also welcome to come and use our campus library and other facilities any time you can come to Leicester. You will also have the support of specialised staff in the University Library’s distance learning service who can arrange postal loans for books.
Who can you turn to when you have questions or need support?
- Personal tutor (for the taught modules and general support)
- Supervisor (for the dissertation)
- Module convenor (for each module)
- Student advisors (throughout the programme)
- Programme leader (throughout the programme)
- University counselling and welfare service (when you need it)
I felt that I had the input, guidance and support necessary to pursue areas which were of interest to me and useful for my current and future career. I have no doubt this MA will positively influence my teaching and career development for many years to come.