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The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either within the classroom or your particular work environment. Read more
The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either within the classroom or your particular work environment.

Highly flexible, it caters for educators with a diverse range of experience, development needs, and study requirements. It is suitable for teachers, those in leadership or policy-making roles, and other practitioners working in education or related settings.

Language and Literacy

The ability to read and write well is fundamental to a learner’s prospects and ultimate career ambitions. This specialism will help you better understand the requirements of your students and to develop strategies to improve their language and literacy skills and assessment outcomes.

The syllabus may include:

* Context and issues - research in reading and writing; learning to read and write; the role of phonics in decoding text; the role of comprehension; international reading standards; writing in the language curriculum; developing as a writer

* Children’s literature - the place of picture books in reading development; the history of literature written for children; classic children’s literature; fiction for the primary school; teen fiction; non-fiction texts; contemporary authors; reading for pleasure

* Comprehension - comprehension strategies; analysing students’ comprehension levels; developing comprehension skills

* Reluctant readers - reading and motivation; understanding readers’ perspectives; gender differences in attitudes to reading; and supporting reluctant readers

* The writing process - theories of writing; students’ composing processes; the writing process in the curriculum; re-thinking classroom processes

* Creative writing - defining creative writing; professional writers’ perspectives; the creative writing workshop; developing students’ critical responses to writing; assessment

* The grammar-writing relationship - the historical grammar debate; prescriptive and descriptive grammar; functionally-oriented grammar; teaching grammar to support writing development

* Writing conversations - the importance of talk in the teaching of writing; generation, formulation, revision; managing effective classroom talk about writing; supporting meta-linguistic conversations.

Modules

The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand, please see the website for a current list of modules available http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/modules/

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Humber’s Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) graduate certificate program builds confident and knowledgeable teachers who have a full understanding of best practices in teaching English as a second language (ESL). Read more
Humber’s Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) graduate certificate program builds confident and knowledgeable teachers who have a full understanding of best practices in teaching English as a second language (ESL). Our innovative curriculum is based on the latest ESL teaching approaches, methods and assessment systems including the Canadian Language Benchmarks and the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR). You will be exposed to a wide range of theoretical issues including adult second language acquisition, learning theory, linguistics, the emerging field of teaching with technology, and portfolio-based assessment. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to immediately apply this learning through classroom observations, practice teaching and tutoring opportunities in Humber’s Writing Centre.

Faculty members are highly respected, dedicated professionals with graduate credentials in the field and extensive ESL teaching and teacher training experience.

Professional Accreditations

This program is recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and is approved and accredited by TESL Canada (Standard II) and TESL Ontario. Upon completion of the TESL program, graduates who meet TESL Canada and TESL Ontario criteria can apply for professional teacher accreditation from these regulatory bodies.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

• Develop curriculum and select delivery techniques and materials appropriate to the needs, expectations, motivations and learning styles of diverse cultural adult groups.
• Facilitate the adult ESL learner’s integration or adaptation to Canadian society.
• Develop an introductory, functional philosophy of language utilizing a foundation in general linguistics, socio-linguistics and psycho-linguistics.
• Identify and solve language related problems as they arise in ESL teaching through the application of participant’s own philosophy of language.
• Develop a thorough knowledge of the English language grammar and the knowledge of how to teach grammar, i.e. be able to appropriately select, sequence, plan and deliver instruction to ESL learners.
• Analyze and critique existing ESL methods and resources and their application to the adult ESL classroom.
• Plan adult ESL instructional lessons including the identification of teaching objectives, the selection of techniques and resources and the identification of approaches/methods.
• Apply appropriate ESL techniques to specific classroom situations.
• Diagnose ESL student literacy levels and design and implement the corresponding training plan.
• Analyze and evaluate ESL curricula which address student needs.
• Select and utilize language tests to determine language proficiency and functioning levels.
• Implement and deliver curriculum to adult ESL classes which reflects the analysis and synthesis of theory and practice and which addresses the aims, goals and objectives which impact upon course and program decisions.
• Respond to the need for continuing professional development by participating in a variety of educational and professional activities.

Modules

Semester 1
• TESL 5001: The Adult ESL Learner 1
• TESL 5002: Introduction to Language 1
• TESL 5003: Methodology 1
• TESL 5004: Pedagogical Grammar 1
• TESL 5005: The ESL CLassroom 1
• TESL 5006: Practicum 1

Semester 2
• TESL 5011: The Adult ESL Learner 2
• TESL 5012: Introduction to Language 2
• TESL 5013: Methodology 2
• TESL 5014: Pedagogical Grammar 2
• TESL 5015: The ESL Classroom 2
• TESL 5016: Practicum 2

Work Placement

Students will complete a 50-hour graduated teaching practicum. Unlike many other institutions, our practicum is fully arranged and supervised, giving student teachers the time to focus on their learning and preparation. Students fulfill their practicum requirements in a variety of settings which may include:

• Humber’s English Language Centre in the English for Academic Purposes program
• Humber’s Continuing Education department, enhanced language training (ELT)-related programs
• Adult ESL and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and community agencies.

Your Career

Today, approximately one billion people worldwide are learning English and by 2030, half of the world’s population is expected to speak English. Work in teaching ESL in adult ESL programs in school boards, colleges and universities, and government-sponsored agencies across Ontario, as well as in private schools and academic institutions around the world teaching English as a foreign language. Career opportunities also include workplace ESL, academic ESL and ESL program administration in the public and private sectors.

In addition, each summer, select graduates are hired as ESL teaching interns in Humber’s highly regarded and dynamic international summer language program under the guidance of a mentor faculty member. Work placements may also be available in the Humber English Language Centre’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, in ESL courses in the Continuing Education department and in Humber’s Writing Centre.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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The Linguistics MA advances your knowledge of critical theory in theoretical linguistics and the philosophy of language, specifically with regard to the syntax/semantics interface, the semantics/pragmatics interface and grammar. Read more
The Linguistics MA advances your knowledge of critical theory in theoretical linguistics and the philosophy of language, specifically with regard to the syntax/semantics interface, the semantics/pragmatics interface and grammar.

The MRes is designed for students who already have some background in linguistics and intend to progress to PhD study. It is designed as an enhanced route of entry to a PhD programme, giving you an opportunity to develop research skills early in order to be fully prepared for your doctorate.

Course structure

The programme is designed for both full-time and part-time students, with a flexible framework that can fit in with your professional and personal commitments. Modules are taught across the two semesters, usually in nine sessions per semester.

In addition, you are expected to work independently and engage with reading and research in your subject area. You will be offered support through tutorial supervision and the university's online virtual learning environment.

Areas of study

The Linguistics MA covers semantics, pragmatics (minimalism and contextualism), the philosophy of language, grammar, language variation and attitudes, language and identity (class, age, gender, ethnicity, social networks), language in interaction (politeness, speech accommodation, cross-cultural communication), feminist theory and linguistic theory, and ethnocentrism/racial prejudices in colonial discourse.

You approach these topics by: analysing and evaluating different approaches to studying the structure of the English language; engaging with theoretical frameworks which attempt to account for meaning in language; and examining the relationship between the philosophy of language and linguistics on one hand, and the influence of philosophical theories on the analysis of language on the other.

Modules:

Grammar and the English Language
Semantics: Word Meaning
Pragmatics, Meaning and Truth
Topics in Sociolinguistics
Research Methods
Dissertation

One from:

Discourses of Culture
Semantics/Pragmatics Interface: Approaches to the Study of Meaning
Cultural and Critical Theory module

Careers and employability

The Linguistics MA prepares you for careers in linguistics, linguistic anthropology, forensic linguistics, speech therapy, sign language, journalism, writing, English language teaching, politics and sociology.

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The English Linguistics MA provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to describe modern English, together with appropriate training in academic writing, linguistic argumentation and research methods. Read more
The English Linguistics MA provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to describe modern English, together with appropriate training in academic writing, linguistic argumentation and research methods. Students have access to the Survey of English Usage, an unparalleled resource for research into grammatical repertoire.

Degree information

The MA introduces students to the core areas of the study of English Linguistics, including morphology, syntax, phonetics, phonology and prgamatics. The programme trains students to use library OPACS, specialised websites, discussion lists, and databases, among them the ICE-GB corpus, based at the Survey of English Usage in UCL English.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core components (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-English Grammar and Methodology
-English Corpus Linguistics
OR
-English Language in Use
-Research Methodology

Optional modules - students take two optional modules. Different options are offered each year and have included:
-English Words
-History of the English Language
-Literary Linguistics
-Phonetics and Phonology of English

Dissertation/report
All MA Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words. Students have access to the Survey of English Usage for this project.

Teaching and learning
The programme is taught through seminars and individual tutorials. Student assessment is through a portfolio of essays (two 2,000-word essays on English linguistics), two three-hour written papers and the dissertation. Each of the five components of assessment makes up 20% of the final mark.

Careers

The programme provides an ideal foundation for those wishing to continue for a research degree in English language or linguistics; students who obtain good results in their MA examinations may be considered for the MPhil/PhD programme at UCL (subject to places being available). It is also of interest to those who wish to become teachers or lecturers of English, or those intending to pursue a career in writing, publishing, or editing.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-English Language Teacher, BGS College.
-English Language PhD, University College London (UCL).
-English Teacher, Institute of English.
-Study Consultant, Tiandao Education Group.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The department has exceptional resources for the study of English linguistics. Use of the Survey of English Usage has resulted in many important studies of the grammar, semantics and vocabulary of present-day English.

Excellent library facilities are provided by the UCL Library, Senate House Library and the British Library.

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This course delivers advanced training in the theory and techniques of applied linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition. Read more

About the course

This course delivers advanced training in the theory and techniques of applied linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition. We also have expertise in related disciplines including sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics, and in the field of TESOL we offer particular expertise in Academic Writing, ESP, Materials Design and Testing.

Our graduates go on to advanced careers in TESOL all over the world. They also work in business, publishing, translation and interpreting.

Your career

Our graduates are working in teaching (primary, secondary, FE, HE and TESOL), publishing, marketing, libraries, fundraising, charities and the public sector. A masters from Sheffield is a sound basis for a PhD at any leading university.

How we teach

Our expertise covers all aspects of the subject, so whatever you’re interested in you’ll get the best possible advice and support. We provide training in research methods and you can choose to go on a work placement as part of your course.

You’ll be taught by academics whose work is published internationally. Their specialisms include language acquisition, historical language studies, applied linguistics, literary linguistics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.

We have a lively research culture. Through lectures and weekly seminars we’ll introduce you to the latest ideas. You’ll have the opportunity to explore these ideas in your own research.

With the School of Languages and Cultures, we established the new University Centre for Linguistic Research to gather and support postgraduate linguistics research across the University.

Our resources

We have specialist recording equipment for fieldwork and experimental work. Interactive computer-based workshops will introduce you to corpus-linguistic technology.

The University library subscribes to several electronic databases including JStor, Early English Texts online and Eighteenth-century Collections online. For more advanced reading, there’s a regular free minibus service to the British Library at Boston Spa.
Funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.

Core modules

Introduction to Language and Linguistics; English Grammar and Discourse; Language Teaching Methodology; Second Language Acquisition; Research Methods; Dissertation (MA only).

Examples of optional modules

Corpus Linguistics; Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition; Discourse and Genre Analysis; English for Specific Purposes; Intercultural Communication; Researching Writing in TESOL; Teaching Practice; Theory and Practice of Language Teaching; World Englishes.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll be taught by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teachers. Our internationally recognised research feeds straight into our teaching, with students sometimes taking a hands-on role in our research activities. The staff are leading figures in their fields, in many cases having written the books and papers you will be studying: Kook-hee Gil (Second Language Acquisition), Nigel Harwood (TESOL Materials), Gabriel Ozon (English Grammar) and Jane Mulderrig (Critical Discourse Analysis).

You’ll spend about eight hours a week in lectures, seminars and workshops.

And there are chances to take part in classroom-based research projects in the UK and overseas.

Assessment depends on the module, but includes essay assignments and classroom coursework tasks. You’ll write your dissertation (MA only) over the summer.

If you don’t complete the dissertation you’ll be awarded a diploma.

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Gain practical skills and expand your knowledge of design principles, research methodologies and theory with this postgraduate certificate. Read more

Introduction

Gain practical skills and expand your knowledge of design principles, research methodologies and theory with this postgraduate certificate. Explore visual language, typography, colour and information design through set and self-initiated projects. This course offers an intensive vocational route in the graphic design profession and is an ideal option if you need a bridge to Masters study.

Content

London College of Communication’s vocationally-focussed Postgraduate Certificate will help you to build practice-based and professional skills in the highly diverse field of design for visual communication.

Visual communication is a process by which ideas are made visible and conveyed through media to enhance meaning, experience and understanding. This one-year intensive course re-examines the relationship between design principles, research methodologies and the related theoretical contexts.

The programme is ideal for those from diverse academic backgrounds who wish to extend and develop their prior experiences through visual communication. Students on the course have previously studied subjects from molecular genetics to English, architecture to textiles, micro-biology to fine art and product design to geography. The course is a confidence-building bridge to Masters study as well as providing the foundations for professional career development.

You can expect to become part of a unique learning community made up of staff, guest speakers and fellow students from a diverse range of creative disciplines and cultures. Through tutorials, set and self-initiated projects, workshops and group discussions, you will gain a deeper understanding of the design process that will enhance your practice. Visual language and grammar, typographic hierarchy, symbol design, graphic representation, identity and information visualisation are just some of the areas you will explore.
Personal projects will provide you with a foundation in the principles of visual communication whilst engaging with postgraduate level research methods and conceptual development. Examples of personal projects include: mapping directional devices in the city; the promotion of a typeface; visual analysis of people flow and visual surveys of lettering. Graduates from this course have found employment within high profile international creative agencies, design management, teaching and professional practice. Some have established their own design studios, while others have gone on to achieve highly at Master’s level.

Structure

The Postgraduate Certificate Design for Visual Communication has three components:

Research and Development
Design Resolution
Professional and Academic Context

The course includes: visual language and grammar; typographic hierarchy; narrative and sequential design; symbol design; graphic representation; identity; information visualisation; as well as opportunities to pursue projects of individual interest.

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The English Language MA gives you the opportunity to investigate language in its social and cultural contexts. Read more
The English Language MA gives you the opportunity to investigate language in its social and cultural contexts.

You will examine theoretical and analytical frameworks that explore issues of language variation, language contact, language and identity; analyse the role of language in social relationships and practices; and look at how linguistic theory can be applied to the analysis of literature and culture.

The programme equips you with high-level research skills that you can apply in your dissertation, which allows you to address an issue of particular interest with the knowledge you have gathered throughout the course.

Course structure

The programme is designed for both full-time and part-time students, with a flexible framework that can fit in with your professional and personal commitments. Modules are taught across the two semesters, usually in nine sessions per semester.

In addition, you are expected to work independently and engage with reading and research in your subject area. You will be offered support through tutorial supervision and the university's online virtual learning environment.

Areas of study

The English Language MA covers semantics, pragmatics (minimalism and contextualism), the philosophy of language, grammar, language variation and attitudes, language and identity (class, age, gender, ethnicity, social networks), language in interaction (politeness, speech accommodation, cross-cultural communication), feminist theory and linguistic theory, and ethnocentrism/racial prejudices in colonial discourse.

You approach these topics by: examining theoretical and analytical frameworks that explore issues of language variation; analysing the role of language in social relationships and practices; and examining how linguistic theory can be applied to the analysis of literature and culture.

Modules:

Grammar and the English Language
Semantics: Word Meaning
Pragmatics, Meaning and Truth
Topics in Sociolinguistics
Research Methods
Dissertation

One from:

Discourses of Culture
Semantics/Pragmatics Interface: Approaches to the Study of Meaning
Cultural and Critical Theory module

Careers and employability

The English Language MA prepares you for careers in linguistics, linguistic anthropology, forensic linguistics, speech therapy, sign language, journalism, writing, English language teaching, politics and sociology.

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If you’re an experienced TESOL professional, this programme will build on your knowledge and skills to explore how people learn languages, and how English can be taught in different contexts. Read more
If you’re an experienced TESOL professional, this programme will build on your knowledge and skills to explore how people learn languages, and how English can be taught in different contexts.

You’ll study the different approaches and principles that underlie effective TESOL teaching, as well as developing your skills in describing language in terms of sounds, words, grammar and discourse. You’ll think about how you can analyse a learner’s language to understand their proficiency and track their development.

But you’ll also choose from a range of optional modules to explore the topics that suit your interests and career plans, such as learning and teaching vocabulary and grammar, developing the TESOL Curriculum, teacher education and language assessment.

Taught by a highly experienced team of TESOL professionals in one of the UK’s biggest language education departments, this widely respected programme will give you the skills and confidence to advance your career in TESOL education.

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The Graduate Diploma in German offers many advantages in that it allows you to study German at your own pace, when and where you like. Read more
The Graduate Diploma in German offers many advantages in that it allows you to study German at your own pace, when and where you like. The Diploma is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (subject to approval) and carries a credit rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-10).

This is a unique distance-learning course, delivered primarily over the internet, using a virtual learning environment (VLE). You will be part of a 'virtual' learning community, in regular contact with your German tutors and fellow students. Together we explore aspects of the German language and culture and share language teaching expertise.

Experienced staff and native German speakers are responsible for the module design, delivery and student support.
PLEASE NOTE: This course is scheduled to run from September 2014 to June 2016 and it will only run if sufficient numbers of students enrol.

Who can apply?

Are you:
A Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a GTC recognised additional teaching qualification in German?
A Primary, Further or Adult Education teacher who would like to improve their German for teaching purposes?
An advanced student of German (Higher+) who wishes to gain a University Diploma in German for work purposes or for personal interest?

Aims of the course

The course aims to provide the challenge of an undergraduate curriculum in practical German. Learning materials are of wide general appeal as well as of interest to language teachers and are studied in modules of approximately ten weeks duration throughout the course. The choice of assessments and the project allow participants to focus on their own specific interest areas. The course covers the following;

Skills and Topics:
German language, including grammar and communication skills
Culture and society
Themes such as 20th Century literature, education, the environment, and German cinema
Professional studies
Project

Immersion days

Four German Immersion Days per academic session are held at Dundee University, usually on a Saturday. They will provide a chance to meet other course participants, practice oral skills, and participate in a variety of activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We are fortunate to have the support of the German Institute for this course.

Assessment

A wide variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course.
The course project consists of an extended essay and a series of lesson plans or equivalent for non-teachers. At the end of the course there is a two and a half hour written examination and an oral examination, both normally held in Dundee.

Course materials

You will be expected to buy the course textbook, a reference grammar book, a good bilingual German-English dictionary, and occasional literary texts. Please note that you will be required to have Internet and Skype access.

Residence abroad

For those taking the Diploma course as an additional teaching qualification, residence abroad is normally a pre-requisite for GTC(S) registration in French (Secondary). This period of residence has to be arranged by course participants themselves.

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This is an interdisciplinary programme for professionals who want to develop and enhance their practice at postgraduate level. Read more
This is an interdisciplinary programme for professionals who want to develop and enhance their practice at postgraduate level. It is a workbased learning programme designed for participants from a variety of professional settings including the private, public and third sector, for example, health and social care; education; local government; public services; human resources; administrative services; cultural industries or the arts.

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/224/professional-practice#!overview

Course detail

The programme offers you the opportunity to explore your profession further, consider the challenges associated with your professional practice and develop your generic knowledge and skills in the workplace; while being able to focus on a specific area of practice relevant to you and your work. In particular, you develop strategic skills, knowledge of leadership styles and approaches, and critical analysis in the context of multi-agency working and research-based practice.

Purpose

You explore your profession further and consider the professional challenges associated within your specific area of practice, with modules that have been designed to help you review and analyse the current debates relevant to the professional context in which you are working.

Format and assessment

This flexible programme allows you to follow one of our specific accredited pathways or select modules of personal and professional interest from across the University, enabling you to review and analyse the current debates relating to key issues relevant to the professional context in which you are working.

Core modules:
• Learning and Development in Organisations
• Inter-professional Working
• Evidence Based Practice
• Research Skills
• Dissertation

Optional modules:

Students are able to select optional modules from the Centre for Professional Practice module catalogue or the wider University of Kent catalogue.

Assessments can be through:

- Oral presentations
- Written assignments
- Work-based projects
- Portfolio assessments
- Reflecting learning submissions
- Action Learning Sets

In Stage 3 you complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words

Careers

A postgraduate degree in professional practice is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as head teachers, head of human resources and organisation development, college and university administration managers. Most recent graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC), Rochester Grammar School, Chatham Grammar School for Boys and the University of Kent.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

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The Philosophy of Language MA is designed for students with a particular interest in philosophy and ways in which its principles and teachings can be applied to the study of language. Read more
The Philosophy of Language MA is designed for students with a particular interest in philosophy and ways in which its principles and teachings can be applied to the study of language.

The study of language has given rise to a number of distinctive philosophical problems that became central to Western philosophy in the nineteenth century and that have dominated research and discussion in the twentieth century.

Our philosophy modules give you a thorough grounding in philosophical insights, as you engage in critical reflection on the relationship between sociopolitical context and philosophical debate. You explore the history of philosophy from the Enlightenment to the twentieth century, examining the variety of critical and analytical traditions that have emerged from those foundations.

Philosophy of language modules examine the influence of philosophical theories on the analysis of language, focusing on the critical analysis of the relationship between the philosophy of language and linguistics.

Course structure

The programme is designed for both full-time and part-time students, with a flexible framework that can fit in with your professional and personal commitments. Modules are taught across the two semesters, usually in nine sessions per semester.

In addition, you are expected to work independently and engage with reading and research in your subject area. You will be offered support through tutorial supervision and the university's online virtual learning environment.

Areas of study

The Philosophy of Language MA covers semantics, pragmatics (minimalism and contextualism), the philosophy of language, grammar, language variation and attitudes, language and identity (class, age, gender, ethnicity, social networks), language in interaction (politeness, speech accommodation, cross-cultural communication), feminist theory and linguistic theory, and ethnocentrism/racial prejudices in colonial discourse.

You approach these topics by: analysing and evaluating aspects of philosophy that have had significant influence on the general understanding of what language is and how its use interacts with, and exploits, context; engaging with philosophical frameworks starting with Frege, through to Russell and Wittgenstein, which attempt to account for meaning in language; and evaluating philosophical foundations of critical theory that have contributed to debates on the understanding of history, politics and the nature of meaning.

Modules:

Grammar and the English Language
Semantics: Word Meaning
Pragmatics, Meaning and Truth
Topics in Sociolinguistics
Research Methods
Dissertation

One from:

Discourses of Culture
Semantics/Pragmatics Interface: Approaches to the Study of Meaning
Cultural and Critical Theory module

Careers and employability

The Philosophy of Language MA prepares you for careers in linguistics, linguistic anthropology, forensic linguistics, speech therapy, sign language, journalism, writing, English language teaching, politics and sociology.

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The Graduate Diploma in French course offers many advantages in that it allows you to study French at your own pace, when and where you like. Read more
The Graduate Diploma in French course offers many advantages in that it allows you to study French at your own pace, when and where you like. The Diploma is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (subject to approval) and carries a credit rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-10).

This is a unique distance-learning course, delivered primarily over the internet, using a virtual learning environment (VLE). You will be part of a 'virtual' learning community, in regular contact with your French tutors and fellow students. Together we explore aspects of the French language and culture and share language teaching expertise.

Experienced staff and native French speakers are responsible for the module design, delivery and student support.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is scheduled to run from September 2014 to June 2016 and it will only run if sufficient numbers of students enrol.

Who can apply?

Are you:
A Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a GTC recognised additional teaching qualification in French?
A Primary, Further or Adult Education teacher who would like to improve their French for teaching purposes?
An advanced student of French (Higher+) who wishes to gain a University Diploma in French for work purposes or for personal interest?

Aims of the course

The course aims to provide the challenge of an undergraduate curriculum in practical French. Learning materials are of wide general appeal as well as of interest to language teachers and are studied in modules of approximately ten weeks duration throughout the course. The choice of assessments and the project allow participants to focus on their own specific interest areas. The course covers the following

Skills and Topics:
French language, including grammar and communication skills
Culture and society
Themes such as 20th Century literature, education, the environment, French and Francophone cinema
Professional studies
Project

Immersion days

Four French Immersion Days per academic session are held at Dundee University, usually on a Saturday. They will provide a chance to meet other course participants, practice oral skills, and participate in a variety of activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We are fortunate to have the support of the French Institute for this course.

Assessment

A wide variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course.
The course project consists of an extended essay and a series of lesson plans or equivalent for non-teachers. At the end of the course there is a two and a half hour written examination and an oral examination, both normally held in Dundee.

Course materials

You will be expected to buy the course textbook, a reference grammar book, a good bilingual French-English dictionary, and occasional literary texts. Please note that you will be required to have Internet and Skype access.

Residence abroad

For those taking the Diploma course as an additional teaching qualification, residence abroad is normally a pre-requisite for GTC(S) registration in French (Secondary). This period of residence has to be arranged by course participants themselves.

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Spanish is the main language of over 400 million people. It is the second most spoken language in the world and also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Read more
Spanish is the main language of over 400 million people. It is the second most spoken language in the world and also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Modern language teachers can take this distance learning course to add Spanish to their portfolio. Teachers at other levels may also benefit from this course, as many members of the public.

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Spanish at Dundee?

This part-time distance-learning Graduate Diploma in Spanish has now been running successfully for many years. It offers many advantages in that it allows you to study Spanish at a distance. The Diploma is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and carries a rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF Levels 9-10).

The course promotes a lively, on-line learning community studying the Spanish language and hispanic culture, with a high degree of support provided by native speaker tutors. It consists the following skills and topics:

Spanish language, including grammar and communication skills
culture and society
themes such as 20th Century literature, education, the environment, Spanish and Latin American cinema
professional studies
project

Immersion days in Dundee focus on the development of spoken language, grammar workshops and professional studies, the activities are varied but include:

Spanish language practice with native speakers
visits from the languages advisor at the Consejería de Educación
IT sessions
workshops on a variety of language and cultural topics.

"The Spanish Graduate Diploma is a clear example of how a relevant programme and good practice together provide teachers with excellent support and a unique continuous professional development opportunity." Joaquin Moreno, Edinburgh-based Education Adviser to Spain .

"El Spanish Graduate Diploma es un claro ejemplo de cómo u programa relevante en combinación con una buena praxis contribuyen a apoyar al profesorado con excelencia y le brindan una oportunidad única de desarrollo profesional." Joaquín Moreno, Asesor de educación de España (Edimburgo).

Who should study this course?

Are you:
a Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a GTC recognised additional teaching qualification in Spanish?
a Primary, Further or Adult Education teacher who would like to improve your Spanish for teaching purposes?
an advanced student of Spanish (Higher+) who wishes to gain a University Diploma in Spanish for work purposes or for personal interest?
If the answer to any of the above questions is "yes", then this course may be for you.

Residence Abroad

For those taking the Diploma course as an additional teaching qualification residence abroad is normally a prerequisite for Scottish GTC registration in Spanish (Secondary). This period of residence has to be arranged by course participants themselves.

The next start date is September 2014, and the course lasts for 18 months.

How you will be taught

The course comprises online modules of approximately ten weeks' duration each, and includes weekly online (Skype/Adobe Connect) sessions. There are also three or four Spanish Immersion days per academic year held in Dundee (usually on a Saturday).

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
Hispanic World
History & Society
Work & Education
Culture & Leisure
Literature
Health & Environment
Plus you will undertake a personal project.

How you will be assessed

The choice of assessments and the project allow you to focus on you own specific interest areas.
The final assessment is a 2.5 hour written examination, and a short oral examination, both normally held in Dundee.

Careers

"This is the best thing I have ever done professionally. It has opened the door to new opportunities that would never have been available to be otherwise."
Hazel Crichton, now a lecturer in Modern Languages

"Studying Spanish at Dundee was a really enjoyable experience and gave me the opportunity to study Spanish in a well supported, relaxed and friendly environment. The course focussed on current issues which enhanced my knowledge of Hispanic culture and topical world issues. In addition, it was also rooted in practical ideas for classroom practice which has really enhanced my own learning and teaching. It also provided me with a network of colleagues who are all embarking on their Spanish teaching adventure and to this date we still share information, experiences and resources."

Colin Meikle, Head of Modern Languages, Larbert High School, Falkirk.

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The Linguistics with specialisation in Syntax MA is a research-oriented programme designed for students looking for a concentrated, advanced course in theoretical syntax, couched broadly within the Principles and Parameters approach to syntax and its offshoot. Read more
The Linguistics with specialisation in Syntax MA is a research-oriented programme designed for students looking for a concentrated, advanced course in theoretical syntax, couched broadly within the Principles and Parameters approach to syntax and its offshoot: the Minimalist Program.

Degree information

Students gain knowledge and understanding of current research in theoretical syntax and are prepared for independent research. On completion of the programme, they will be able to formulate appropriate research questions, find and evaluate relevant literature, develop and test new hypotheses, and produce cogent, structured and professionally presented reports.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five compulsory pathway modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Pathway modules - students choose three from the list below:
-Current Issues in Syntax
-Intermediate Generative Grammar A
-Intermediate Generative Grammar B
-Readings in Syntax

In conjunction with the Programme Co-ordinator, students select two from a list which includes the following.
-Interfaces
-Morphology
-Advanced Phonological Theory
-Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics

Optional modules - a further three modules are selected, either from the list of non-obligatory core modules above or from the list of optional modules below:
-Advanced Phonological Theory
-Advanced Semantic Theory
-Linguistics of Sign Languages
-Animal Communication and Human Language
-Issues in Pragmatics
-Language Acquisition
-Neurolinguistics
-Phonetic Theory
-Pragmatic Theory
-Semantic Pragmatic Development
-Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
-Sociolinguistics
-Stuttering
-Any statistical training outside the department

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The teaching and assessment of this programme is strongly research-oriented. It is delivered through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching and a virtual learning environment. Some modules also involve workshops or practical classes. Assessment is through take-home and unseen examination, essays, presentations, assignments and the dissertation.

Careers

Although the degree can be an end in itself, this advanced programme is an excellent preparation for independent doctoral research in syntax. Graduates from our specialised Master's programmes in linguistics have a very strong track record of securing funded doctoral studentships at institutions and have in recent years gone on to research at MIT, Cambridge, UCL, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Employability
This Linguistics MA equips graduates with the necessary skills to carry out research in the specialised subject of syntax.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in linguistics, language, mind, and behaviour. More specifically, UCL Linguistics is one of the leading departments for research in theoretical linguistics in the UK and its staff includes world-leaders in theoretical syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, and experimental linguistics.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, cognition, and communication.

Our world-class research is characterised by a tight integration of theoretical and experimental work spanning the full width of the linguistic enterprise and forms the bedrock of the department’s eminent reputation which is also reflected in other markers of excellence such as its editorial involvement with top journals in the field.

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This exciting new programme is offered fully online and is aimed at experienced English Language Teachers and other English language professionals. Read more
This exciting new programme is offered fully online and is aimed at experienced English Language Teachers and other English language professionals. The main focus of the course will be on the use and teaching of the English language in a global context. This focus will address an international need for professional development, especially among teachers of English. The Masters in Applied Linguistics aims to provide a broad-based course of study in language description (language systems: grammar, lexis and phonology), theories of Applied Linguistics, frameworks for the study of discourse, as well as specialist research skills for the empirical analysis of language in context. The course will run over three semesters (one and a half years). Semesters 1 and 2 will involve taught modules (online lectures and activities). Semester 3 will be dedicated to the writing of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Each semester will be structured into 12 weeks or units. Each semester, you will take three modules. The weekly contact hours will be divided between live webcasts/webinars and participation in a range of online tasks, including discussion forums, quizzes, wikis and online tutorials. Each module will involve ongoing assessment. This may involve a mixture of tasks such as online quizzes, online discussions and wikis, uploading and sharing of work to our online virtual learning environment, essays, oral presentations, etc.

The aims of the MA in Applied Linguistics are to:
●enhance the professional knowledge of English Language Teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language (grammar, lexis and phonology);
●develop participants’ ability to utilise theoretical frameworks for the analysis of discourse to enhance their ability to address specific language-related real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language;
●provide a broad understanding of the key issues and debates in language teaching and learning;
●develop specialist skills in the empirical analysis of language in context using corpus linguistics.

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