Applied Linguistics: TESOL MA

The Masters programme in Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at York St John University gives you the opportunity to reflect on the similarities between your experience of learning and/or teaching English and the work of other applied linguists, including: translators and interpreters, speech and language therapists, dictionary writers, literacy teachers, language planners and forensic linguists.

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Duration
Full-time & Part-time options available

Course overview

The programme is designed for both qualified and intending teachers of English to speakers of other languages. It attracts students from different parts of the world, who bring with them a diverse mix of educational backgrounds and experiences. This gives us a chance to increase our cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of teaching and learning contexts globally. Furthermore, using online forums, we aim to provide practical opportunities for you to interact with language professionals around the world.

We critically reflect on theories of, and research into, the problem of how best to learn and teach an additional language. We aim to help you improve your own research skills and encourage you to present and publish your findings to the English language teaching and applied linguistics community.

You will be taught by an experienced team of staff, including the authors of a ground-breaking new introduction to applied linguistics aimed at advanced students of the discipline (Hall, Smith & Wicaksono, 2011).

Our students tell us that the York St John University MA Applied Linguistics: TESOL is a challenging and useful experience. I look forward to welcoming you onto our programme in the near future.

Course structure

The Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics: TESOL qualifies you to teach English as a foreign or second language anywhere in the world (specific requirements will vary between schools and countries). So, if you want a career that is varied and exciting, or if you are already teaching English and want to prepare yourself for more responsibility, this programme could be for you.

Experienced teachers of English may be awarded credits on the basis of their qualifications and experience. Whatever experience you bring to the programme, our aim is to assist you in the development of your professional practice and further your career in English language teaching at home or overseas. We aim to give you the opportunity to develop your individual interests within the context of your current and future classroom practice.

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What will I study?

The programme is designed to be studied either full-time over 12 months or part-time (through evening classes or day release) over a maximum of 5 years. If you are unable to complete the Masters degree, you may work for the intermediate award of Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in TESOL. The programme offers a September or January start.

Modules

The programme comprises four taught modules and a dissertation.

  • Module 1: Themes in Applied Linguistics –This module aims to introduce you to the full scope of applied linguistics, exploring the commonalities between language professionals working in different parts of the discipline. Incorporating both socio-cultural and cognitive perspectives, the module considers the diverse and constantly expanding range of theories, methods and issues faced by both students and practitioners of applied linguistics.
  • Module 2: Second Language Acquisition -This module aims to give you a critical appreciation of the theoretical background of, and issues in, second language acquisition, providing you with the necessary academic knowledge to underpin good practice.
  • Module 3: Language Teaching Methodology - This module provides a critical overview of contemporary concerns and developments in TESOL. We explore the diverse cultures of classrooms, student groups and teacher communities in different counties and educational environments, recognising the global context of English and English language teaching. If you already have a DELTA or Diploma in TESOL (or equivalent) you will be awarded the relevant credits for this module and will not be required to attend.
  • Module 4: Research in Applied Linguistics - This module explores the implications of research findings for future professional practice and aims to encourage the participants to exercise an enquiring approach in their future career. The module takes place in the Spring semester, before students start to collect data for the dissertation.
  • Module 5: Dissertation - Your final module will be a dissertation on a topic that you will agree with your supervisor. This module is an opportunity for you to explore in depth an area of interest or particular branch of English language teaching. You will gain experience in formulating ideas and hypotheses, devising sound research methodology, collecting and evaluating data, and presenting your findings in a dissertation of 10,000 -12,000 words.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Candidates for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MA programme must normally possess:

  • A degree (normally 2.2 or above) of an approved university or institution.
  • An equivalent qualification acceptable to York St John University.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in the individual components, or equivalent (international students).

Fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

See our UK & EU fees and funding webpages for more information.

Postgraduate loans are now available for students starting in the 2016/17 academic year, to find out more please visit our postgraduate fees & funding pages.

 

Overseas 2016 / 17

See our International fees & funding webpages for more information.

 

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