Applied Linguistics for TEFL MA
- Name: Applied Linguistics for TEFL
- Qualification: MA
- Duration: 1 year full-time; 2-3 years part-time
This course is designed for home or international students who wish to pursue a career in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to non-native speakers of English. It consists of a combination of taught modules and a research dissertation of 20,000 words.
The MA in Applied Linguistics for TEFL provides postgraduate-level training for students who wish to learn about the about the theoretical, practical, and teaching aspects of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), as well as providing competence and critical understanding of a wide range of aspects of the English language and English linguistics (sociolinguistic aspects of English, the grammar, sound system and semantics of English, the history of English, 1st and 2nd language acquisition, psycholinguistics as well as issues pertaining to English as an international language and bilingualism).
This programme is specifically aimed at students seeking careers in multilingual and international contexts – where an awareness of and ability to deploy different genres of English communicational strategies is of the utmost importance.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
- EFL Theory: This module introduces the theoretical basis of teaching English as a foreign language, and examines the core areas and issues faced by teachers and learners.
- Foundations of Linguistics 1 and 2: These modules provide an overview of the discipline of language science. In particular, they cover key ideas, and methodologies in the study of meaning, grammar and sound as well as introducing students to the study of Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics and the History of English.
- Teaching EFL: This module introduces students to relevant teaching methodologies and equips them to evaluate andapply those methodologies. This is also a practical module where students observe actual teaching of non-native students and then do some teaching supported by a mentor.
- Second Language Acquisition: This module examines how a second language is learned, and the processes involved.
- Research Methods in Linguistics: This module aims to equip students with the necessary foundations and tools to design and carry out experimental research within linguistics, as preparing you for your dissertation.
Students with prior coursework in linguistics may be able to substitute Foundations of Linguistics 1 and 2 for the equivalent number of credits from a list of Optional Modules.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Applied Linguistics for TEFL Modules page.
2.i undergraduate degree normally required in a relevant discipline and/or relevant professional experience. Applicants who do not speak English as their native language must pass the IELTS English test with a score of 6.5 in all four components. Students who have an overall score of 5.5 on the IELTS can take a summer presessional course in the University’s English Language Centre for Overseas Students (ELCOS) prior to beginning their MA.
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.
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How to Apply
Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.
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When to apply
The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer. If you are making an application for one of our professional courses, which has limited place availability, you are advised to contact the academic school for advice on the final dates for applications.
The course is suitable for those who wish to teach English as a foreign language for various professional purposes across the globe. In addition to gaining class-room experience you will also have the opportunity to develop strong research and analytical skills as well as the ability adopt/use different strategies for communication and presentation in English in a range of multilingual and international contexts.
Although this is not a formal teaching qualification, it gives students who wish to go on to teach English to non-native speakers the theoretical and linguistics background they need as well as offering practical, classroom experience. Opportunities exist to teach in countries all over the world, e.g. in universities, colleges or private language schools. After successful completion of the MA in Applied Linguistics for TEFL, you may decide to pursue an academic career and apply for a PhD.