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Core module

 Discourse, Society and Culture

Optional modules (indicative list):

Up to 90 credits of options drawn from the following:

 Bilingualism and Multilingualism

 English in Diverse World Contexts
 Fundamentals of Second and Foreign Language Teaching
 Language and Identity
 Language at Work: Communication in Professional, Institutional and Cultural
 Language Testing and Assessment
 Materials Development for Language Teaching
 Multimodal Communication
 Second Language Acquisition
 Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural Theory
 Early Childhood Education
 Education and Development in Asia
 Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
 Literacy Practice in Writing and Comprehension
 Internet Cultures: Theory and Practice
 Language Development
 Learning and Teaching with Technologies
 Literacy Development
 Perspectives on Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy
 Education Traditions and Systems in Europe
Dissertation/research project

All students are required to write a 2,500-word research proposal which leads to
the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic in applied linguistics.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops,

projects, supervisory tutorials, student presentations, and student-led
discussions. Within tutor-led sessions, students often engage in individual, pair
and group tasks which are then fed back to the plenary. Students are assessed
through written coursework, oral presentation, and the dissertation. Alternative
modes of assessment may be a feature of some modules.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the

department website: Applied Linguistics MA

The following are typical dissertations by students on our course:

 Language-related Challenges that Undergraduate Students Face When Entering English

as Medium Instruction (EMI) Universities in Japan (Ikuya Aizawa)
 The Development of subject pronouns in Greek children learning English as a Foreign
language at pre-primary school (Faidra Faitaki)
 Investigating the influence of storybook type on parent-child interaction during L1
reading: an exploratory study. (Annaliese Bagley)
 The Effects of Written Input, Audio Input and Explicit Instruction on the Acquisition of
Rendaku Knowledge by L2 Learners of Japanese. (Shao Ting Hoong)
 English as a Lingua Franca: A progression in attitudes towards the phenomenon
experienced by English teachers in Germany (Ian Moore)


Compulsory Courses:

1. English Language Teaching Methodology (6 credits)

2. Grammar and Pedagogy (6 credits)
3. Second Language Acquisition (6 credits)
4. Sociolinguistics and English Language Education (6 credits)
5. Phonetics and Phonology for English Language Teaching (6 credits)
6. Methods of Research and Enquiry in TESOL (6 credits)
7. Project by Independent Study (12 credits - to be completed in summer semester)

Elective Courses (6 credits each):

(Please note that we do not guarantee that all elective courses will be offered every year)

1. Literature in Language Teaching and Learning

2. Analysis of Spoken and Written Discourse
3. Reading in English as a Second Language
4. Teaching Writing in a Second Language
5. Technology and English Teaching and Learning
6. Testing and Assessment in TESOL
7. Autonomy and Language Learning
8. Corpora for Language Learning and Teaching
9. Intercultural Communication
10. Vocabulary Teaching and Learning
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