Modules for course Q1AX | MA/ALTEFL
MA Applied Linguistics for TEFL

These are the modules currently offered on this course in the 2019–20 academic year.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • QXL-4413: EFL Theory (20) Core
    This module provides an overview of TEFL theory by examining a wide range of contexts in which language teaching and learning takes place. Topics will include the following: 1. The use of English within a global context. 2. Language awareness in the classroom. 3. English teaching methodologies in the classroom context. 4. Analysis of teaching English to speakers of other languages based on research articles and DVD material: affective factors and classroom interaction. 5. Implementing and evaluating curriculum change.
  • QXL-4429: Teaching EFL (20) Core
    This module provides an introduction to the teaching of EFL through practice and theory and by examining a range of contexts in which English language teaching and learning takes place. Topics will include the following: 1. The nature of EFL teaching contexts. 2. Methodologies employed in the EFL classroom. 3. The role of the teacher of EFL. 4. Strategies used teaching vocabulary, grammar, writing, speaking, reading & listening. 5. Factors affecting lesson planning and materials choice/design. 6. Reflective practice – evaluating teaching and lesson aims.
  • QXL-4432: Linguistics Research Methods (20) Core
    1. The basics of research: Properties of good research (empirical methods, validity, falsifiability), aims, research questions and hypotheses, testing hypotheses (null & alternative hypothesis) – The empirical cycle 2. Constructs and operationalisation through variables; Sampling and validity 3. Types of methods: Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology 4. Experimental research design & basic statistical concepts (within- & between-subjects, power and effect size, parametric/non-parametric data) 5. Statistical concepts explained 6. Research methods (1): Questionnaire and survey design & data analysis 7. Research methods (2): Experimental design in language acquisition research & data analysis 8. Research methods (3): Corpus linguistics 9. Research methods (4): Qualitative research methods in linguistics: Linguistic Ethnography or Discourse Analysis – Analysis of qualitative data 10. The Master’s dissertation proposal

Semester 2

  • QXL-4420: SLA and Language Teaching (20)
    The topics covered in this module would be the following: 1. Background to SLA Research 2. Individual differences in L2 users and L2 learners 3. L1 transfer: Code-switching and Second Language Learning 4. Theories of L2 acquisition 5. The role of age in L2 acquisition 6. The goals of language teaching and assessment 7. The L2 user and the native speaker 8. Embedding SLA research into Language teaching
  • QXL-4429: Teaching EFL
    This module provides an introduction to the teaching of EFL through practice and theory and by examining a range of contexts in which English language teaching and learning takes place. Topics will include the following: 1. The nature of EFL teaching contexts. 2. Methodologies employed in the EFL classroom. 3. The role of the teacher of EFL. 4. Strategies used teaching vocabulary, grammar, writing, speaking, reading & listening. 5. Factors affecting lesson planning and materials choice/design. 6. Reflective practice – evaluating teaching and lesson aims.
  • QXL-4432: Linguistics Research Methods
    1. The basics of research: Properties of good research (empirical methods, validity, falsifiability), aims, research questions and hypotheses, testing hypotheses (null & alternative hypothesis) – The empirical cycle 2. Constructs and operationalisation through variables; Sampling and validity 3. Types of methods: Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology 4. Experimental research design & basic statistical concepts (within- & between-subjects, power and effect size, parametric/non-parametric data) 5. Statistical concepts explained 6. Research methods (1): Questionnaire and survey design & data analysis 7. Research methods (2): Experimental design in language acquisition research & data analysis 8. Research methods (3): Corpus linguistics 9. Research methods (4): Qualitative research methods in linguistics: Linguistic Ethnography or Discourse Analysis – Analysis of qualitative data 10. The Master’s dissertation proposal

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  • QXL-4411: Foundations of Linguistics (20) (Semester 1)
    Lectures will include an overview of the discipline of language science, focusing on foundational theories, constructs and methodologies in the study of meaning, grammar, sound, and use. The module will provide hands on training in conducting linguistic analysis of language data. The following topics will be covered: 1. Phonetics 2. Phonology 3. Morphology 4. Syntax 5. Semantics
  • This module is compulsory unless a student has a bachelor's degree in Linguistics or a related subject. Students with a relevent bachelor's degree must discuss this with their tutor in Welcome Week, who will decide on an exemption. If exempted, students take 20 credits of relevant semester 1 modules in the School.

Optional Modules

20 to 40 credits from:

  • QXL-4418: L2 speech learning (20) (Semester 2)
    Topics will include: 1. Major concepts in the field 2. Contrastive analysis 3. The role of the first language 4. Transfer 5. Interlanguage 6. Current L2 speech learning models 7. Cross-language phonetic similarity 8. Foreign accent and the factors involved in (un)successful learning 9. Segmental and suprasegmental production and perception 10. Implications for foreign language teaching.
  • QXL-4449: Psycholinguistics (20) (Semester 1)
    This module provides an overview of how the mind and the brain process language. There are three goals for this course. The first goal is to introduce students to key findings and central debates in psycholinguistic research. The second goal is to provide students with the tools to critically examine the existing literature. The third goal is to equip the students with the ability to select appropriate experimental techniques for psycholinguistic studies and to be applied for their own research. The lectures will provide students with the “big picture”, i.e. central topics are summarized, important studies discussed and open questions outlined. In the tutorials, students discuss key studies in detail and reflect on methodologies, results and implications. The following topics will be covered: 1: Introduction to Language Science and what is psycholinguistics? 2: Speech production and comprehension 3: Word processing 4: Sentence processing 5: Discourse processing 6: Reference and non-literal language 7: Language Acquisition 8: Reading 9: Bilingualism 10: Aphasia 11: Right Hemisphere Language Functions
  • QCL-4470: Agweddau ar Ddwyieithrwydd (20) (Semester 2)
    • Cymru a’r Gymraeg yn y cyd-destun dwyieithog • Diffinio dwyieithrwydd • Dwyieithrwydd unigol vs. dwyieithrwydd cymdeithasol • Caffael iaith mewn cyd-destun dwyieithog • Addysg ddwyieithog yng Nghymru a thu hwnt • Polisïau iaith yn y cyd-destun dwyieithog Cymreig • Cyfnewid côd o safbwynt cymdeithasol a gramadegol • Agweddau seicoieithyddol o ddwyieithrwydd • Agweddau pobl ar ddwyieithrwydd ac ieithoedd lleiafrifol • Newid iaith, marwolaeth iaith a dyfodol y Gymraeg
  • QXL-4476: Cognitive Discourse Analysis (20) (Semester 1)
    The module will start by considering what kinds of thoughts, concepts, and cognitive processes can be accessed through language, and then discuss each step of a research process that involves verbalisation of thought: from identifying a suitable research question via data collection and transcription to analysis, interpretation, and triangulation with other kinds of data. The main emphasis will lie on the systematic analysis of linguistic choices, aiming to identify indicators for specific cognitive phenomena that are of interest for the research purpose at hand. In this process, insights from the wider field of cognitive linguistics highlight the significance of specific linguistic choices. While lectures will provide the theoretical and conceptual foundations needed for doing CODA, the tutorials will be used to critically assess and extend each procedural step based on the participants' insights gained through experience and literature research. The following topics will be covered: 1. Introduction: CODA and its purposes 2. Scientific background I: Cognitive Linguistics 3. Scientific background II: Cognitive Psychology 4. Research questions for CODA 5. Data collection techniques and data preparation (transcription and unitisation) 6. Content analysis 7. Resources for linguistic analysis I: Cognitive Linguistics 8. Resources for linguistic analysis II: Functional grammar and discourse structure analysis techniques 9. Linguistic feature analysis I: Mental representations 10. Linguistic feature analysis II: Problem solving processes 11. Interpreting results and establishing relations to other findings
  • QXL-4477: Using Corpora: Theory&Practice (20) (Semester 2)
    This module introduces students to the theoretical and practical issues of using corpora in linguistic studies and helps them to develop the background, knowledge and skills needed in order to develop and utilize a corpus based approach in their own research projects. The goals of this module are two-fold. First the students will be introduced and become familiar with the technical aspects of course based approaches and research. Then, attention will be directed to looking at how corpora and corpuses based approaches are used in a range of linguistic and language oriented studies. The lectures will provide students with the “big picture”, i.e. different research domains will be explored, central topics are summarized, important studies discussed and open questions outlined. In the tutorials, students discuss key studies in detail and reflect on methodologies, results and implications. The following topics will be covered: 1. Introducing corpus linguistics, corpus design, types of corpora and corpus annotation 2. Corpus analysis: concordance, wordlist, keyword analysis 3. Integrating stats and making statistic claims 4. Corpora in grammatical studies 5. Corpora in diachronic studies 6. Metaphor and Corpus Linguistics (A. Deignan) 7. Corpus Approaches to Critical Metaphor Analysis (J. Charteris-Black) 8. Corpora in critical discourse analysis (C. Hart) 9. Corpora language variation research 10. Corpora in sociolinguistic studies 11. Corpora in language education - focus on TEFL.