MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL

University of Portsmouth, England

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About Programme

The course is ideal for practicing ELT/EFL/TESOL teachers who wish to continue their professional development and improve their career prospects.

  • Type: On campus, distance learning
  • Start: September, January
  • Language: English

Full-time

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee national: $7,537
  • Fee international: $16,582

Part-time

  • Duration: 24 months

On this course you can:

  1. Extend your knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching as you upgrade your qualifications
  2. Reflect on your teaching practice from theoretical and research-based perspectives
  3. Improve your career prospects

The course is structured on the basis of core units and optional units. You will study:

  • Second Language Acquisition: This unit reviews relevant research on the topic of SLA and builds on students’ previous experience of language learning, applying this to areas such as individual differences and types of learning, as well as to more formal approaches to SLA.
  • Theory and Practice of TESOL: Students consider the theory and practice that informs communicative language teaching and how individual and contextual factors impact on classroom practices and decision making. In so doing, they reflect on their own teaching and learning experiences. The unit also considers issues in curriculum and syllabus design, assessment and teacher education.
  • Dissertation: Students undertake a piece of significant research, reported and analysed in an appropriate manner in an area of professional relevance. A research proposal will be produced in the first instance and supervision from a tutor will be available throughout the process.

plus two options from:

  • Using Technology and Corpora in Learning, Teaching and Research: Students are introduced to the ways in which they can make use of technology as both language teachers and language researchers. In particular, the unit focuses on the technological affordances of the internet and language corpora.
  • World Englishes: The English language has always been characterised by dynamic change. This unit considers the political, ideological and pedagogical aspects of English being used as a global lingua franca. Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Material: This unit develops students’ abilities to analyse teaching materials, with particular emphasis on the perspectives of discourse, pragmatics and theories of second language acquisition. Students will focus on evaluating and writing material with particular teaching contexts in mind.
  • Analysing Discourse: This unit introduces various analytical tools (e.g. appraisal, speech acts, modality, metaphors, transitivity, cohesion, theme-rheme) which are valuable in the analysis of authentic discourses and texts (e.g. courtroom discourse, social media, educational science texts, newspaper texts, political speeches, advertisements, etc.). The importance of context in any analysis is emphasised.
  • Professional Portfolio: This unit offers students the opportunity to profile their degree to their own professional and/or personal interests, allowing students the chance to study areas not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Students negotiate an area for study and then pursue this with the support of a supervisor.

Careers

Completion of the course will support further career options, including diversification into educational management or teacher education, among other paths. Many of our graduates have gone on to obtain jobs in universities in the UK and abroad, or have taken on greater responsibility in their existing institutions. Others have also taken advantage of the secure footing for doctoral-level study provided by the programme.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

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