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Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA

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Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Linguistics English Language Teaching

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

This unique course bridges the gap between linguistic theory and language teaching practice to enable you to develop a career in language teaching or research.

Whether you’re already a teacher or you plan to become one, this degree offers you an in-depth theoretical and methodological understanding of how language is structured, used and interpreted and how this can inform language teaching. Core modules will introduce you to key topics in linguistics such as syntax, phonetics and phonology, as well as teaching methodologies and how they are applied. You’ll also improve your knowledge of research methods in language sciences.

To enhance your knowledge, you’ll choose from optional modules to suit your career plans or interests, on topics such as second language acquisition or pragmatics. With support from expert tutors within the Language at Leeds research network, you’ll gain valuable skills and a sound knowledge base to prepare you for further research or to inform your teaching practice.

Learning and teaching

We use diverse teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from our tutors’ expertise. They include seminars, lectures, online learning, tutorials and practicals. Independent study is also a vital element of the course. You’re also encouraged to sit in on classes in modules that you’re not taking, which gives you a great opportunity to gain a broad base of knowledge in linguistics and phonetics.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

Depending on the modules you choose, assessment methods will vary. However, they usually include coursework, essays and practicals, while core linguistics modules also include exams.

Career opportunities

This programme will equip you with a deeper understanding of human communication and how language is taught and learned. It will also give you high-level research and analysis skills that are valued in all kinds of industries and organisations.

Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers in fields such as language teaching, preparing language teaching materials, lexicography, editing work, the media, marketing and journalism. Many others have pursued PhD level study in fields such as applied linguistics and education.

Modules

The aim of this module is to present a critical overview of language teaching methodology from the point of view of linguistics. Students will come to understand the basic features of mainstream approaches to language teaching by exploring them in terms of how they relate to linguistic theory and language acquisition, as considered in the pre-requisite core module Approaches to Linguistics and Language Acquisition module. Attention will be paid to the relationship between theory and practice, with an emphasis on the need for language teachers to have expertise in the theoretical study of language and an ability to apply principles of theory to language teaching practice. The module will also engage with challenges in classroom research, asking how to best research questions of language development relevant to classroom learners. Additionally, the module emphasises the relationship between trends in language teaching and shifts in academic thought by situating methodology in its historical context. The approach of the module is to develop students' ability to be both reflective and critical in their intellectual understanding of teaching practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

10,250

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

21,250

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in a relevant subject such as languages, English, education, psychology, speech therapy, including at least one linguistics module, passed with a good grade. Relevant professional experience will also be considered. Applicants must demonstrate familiarity with the discipline of linguistics and the aims of the course in their supporting statement.

Department profile

Our taught postgraduate courses are closely linked to our research expertise, ensuring that all of our teaching is supported by the latest research findings. You'll benefit from a wide choice of academic options, supervisory expertise and flexible support. You'll study in a stimulating environment which brings together the experience and insights of around 200 postgraduate students from across the world. Our vibrant research community...more

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