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You will combine advanced study in historical and modern aspects of English language and English linguistics. This programme provides career opportunities in research, teaching, publishing and lexicography among others. Read more
You will combine advanced study in historical and modern aspects of English language and English linguistics. This programme provides career opportunities in research, teaching, publishing and lexicography among others. It is a research training Masters in line with Arts & Humanities Research Council practice and is an accredited part of the training programme of the Economic & Social Research Council Scottish Doctoral Training Centre.

Why this programme

-You will have access to Glasgow’s Special Collections, which has a large collection of medieval and renaissance manuscripts and early printed books.
-You will also have access to professional standard equipment for the analysis of speech data in the University’s Phonetics Lab.

Programme structure

You will learn through a combination of lectures, regular supervisions, formative essay writing and attendance at supplementary classes and seminars. Assessment includes a portfolio of essays.

You will undertake a number of core courses in historical and modern English language and English linguistics, including
-Phonetics and phonology
-Sociolinguistics
-Lexicography, lexicology and semantics
-Discourse analysis and grammar
-English historical linguistics

You can also take courses on offer in some MLitt programmes in the College of Arts, for example,Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Classics.

You will take courses in research skills and methods. The second half of the programme is dedicated to your individual dissertation work, under the guidance of an assigned supervisor.

Please note that the availability of Core Courses depends on staff availability in any session; the availability of Option Courses depends on student take-up and staff availability in any session.

Core and optional courses

The components covered in Semester 1 provide a high level overview of core topics in English Language and English Linguistics. You will study current issues in these fields, which will provide the basis for independent empirical research in your chosen specified areas in Semester 2.
-Phonetics and Phonology
-Sociolinguistics
-Discourse Studies
-English Historical Linguistics
-Early English Textual Studies

Dissertation

From April to September, students work on a short dissertation (15,000 words) linking directly to work undertaken in Semester 2 with their supervisors. The Dissertation can be an end in itself, but it is envisaged that it can also act as a pilot-study for, or a component part of, a subsequent doctoral thesis.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include teaching, publishing, digital analysis, journalism and lexicography. You can take advantage of opportunities to establish or advance your career as a writer or editor, or to work in museums, schools or academia. Other graduates have used their specialist knowledge to gain positions in the media or in business.

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The MA program in International Language Education offers an advanced English-taught postgraduate education in two specialized concentrations. Read more
The MA program in International Language Education offers an advanced English-taught postgraduate education in two specialized concentrations: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL), for qualified candidates to teach English or Chinese as a second language. Taught by experts with an integrated combination of extensive teaching and research experience in bilingual contexts, the program aims to prepare language professionals for a dynamic global career, with a solid foundation in applied linguistics and research-informed language teaching approaches.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled into the MA in International Language Education program will have opportunity to pursue one of the two specialized concentrations: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL). Students must declare the specialized concentrations they apply for at the time of application.(1) Double-specialization is not allowed.

Students of the program must take eight courses (24 credits). Of the eight courses, students are required to take two compulsory foundation courses (6 credits), and six elective courses (18 credits), including at least one course (3 credits) from general electives, and at least three courses (9 credits) from either Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration. Credit transfer is not allowed.

Foundation Courses
-MALE 5001 Second Language Acquisition
-MALE 5002 Language Teaching Methodology and Curriculum Design

Elective Courses
General Electives
-MALE 5101 Discourse Analysis
-MALE 5102 Information Technology in Language Teaching
-MALE 5103 Testing and Assessment
-MALE 5104 Linguistics for Second Language Teachers
-MALE 5105 Cross-Cultural Pragmatics
-MALE 5106 Contrastive Analysis between Chinese and English

TESL Concentration Electives
-MALE 5201 World Englishes
-MALE 5202 Teaching Second Language Vocabulary
-MALE 5203 Phonetics and Phonology for English Teachers
-MALE 5204 English yesterday and today
-MALE 5205 Grammar for English Teachers
-MALE 5206 Teaching English for Academic Purposes
-MALE 5207 Teaching English for Specific Purposes

TCSL Concentration Electives
-MALE 5301 Chinese Writing System
-MALE 5302 Mandarin Chinese Grammar for L2 Chinese Teachers
-MALE 5303 Phonetics and Phonology of the Chinese Language
-MALE 5304 Chinese Lexicology
-MALE 5305 Word Structure of Chinese: A Comparative Perspective
-MALE 5306 Understanding Chinese Language in Global Context
-MALE 5307 Methodology for Linguistic Comparison

Teaching Practicum - Selected students may obtain 3 credits through participating in a supervised teaching practicum which usually takes place during the Spring semester.(2)
-MALE 6000 Supervised Teaching Practicum

Research Project - Selected students may obtain 3 credits through participating in a research project which usually takes place during the Spring semester. Selected students cannot take MALE6000 concurrently.
-MALE 6980 Research Project in International Language Education

Program Duration

This MA program is a full-time taught postgraduate program and can normally be completed in one year. Students are required to take a minimum of 9 credits of coursework each semester.

Scholarship

A merit-based scholarship of HK$20,000 will be offered to top students of the graduating class each academic year.

To be eligible for consideration, awardees should meet the following criteria:
-Obtain a CGA of 3.70 or above (calculated by 24 required credits)
-Not receive any other scholarships concurrently

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The MA program in International Language Education offers an advanced English-taught postgraduate education in two specialized concentrations. Read more
The MA program in International Language Education offers an advanced English-taught postgraduate education in two specialized concentrations: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL), for qualified candidates to teach English or Chinese as a second language. Taught by experts with an integrated combination of extensive teaching and research experience in bilingual contexts, the program aims to prepare language professionals for a dynamic global career, with a solid foundation in applied linguistics and research-informed language teaching approaches.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled into the MA in International Language Education program will have opportunity to pursue one of the two specialized concentrations: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL). Students must declare the specialized concentrations they apply for at the time of application.(1) Double-specialization is not allowed.

Students of the program must take eight courses (24 credits). Of the eight courses, students are required to take two compulsory foundation courses (6 credits), and six elective courses (18 credits), including at least one course (3 credits) from general electives, and at least three courses (9 credits) from either Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration. Credit transfer is not allowed.

Foundation Courses
-MALE 5001 Second Language Acquisition
-MALE 5002 Language Teaching Methodology and Curriculum Design

Elective Courses
General Electives
-MALE 5101 Discourse Analysis
-MALE 5102 Information Technology in Language Teaching
-MALE 5103 Testing and Assessment
-MALE 5104 Linguistics for Second Language Teachers
-MALE 5105 Cross-Cultural Pragmatics
-MALE 5106 Contrastive Analysis between Chinese and English

TESL Concentration Electives
-MALE 5201 World Englishes
-MALE 5202 Teaching Second Language Vocabulary
-MALE 5203 Phonetics and Phonology for English Teachers
-MALE 5204 English yesterday and today
-MALE 5205 Grammar for English Teachers
-MALE 5206 Teaching English for Academic Purposes
-MALE 5207 Teaching English for Specific Purposes

TCSL Concentration Electives
-MALE 5301 Chinese Writing System
-MALE 5302 Mandarin Chinese Grammar for L2 Chinese Teachers
-MALE 5303 Phonetics and Phonology of the Chinese Language
-MALE 5304 Chinese Lexicology
-MALE 5305 Word Structure of Chinese: A Comparative Perspective
-MALE 5306 Understanding Chinese Language in Global Context
-MALE 5307 Methodology for Linguistic Comparison

Teaching Practicum - Selected students may obtain 3 credits through participating in a supervised teaching practicum which usually takes place during the Spring semester.(2)
-MALE 6000 Supervised Teaching Practicum

Research Project - Selected students may obtain 3 credits through participating in a research project which usually takes place during the Spring semester. Selected students cannot take MALE6000 concurrently.
-MALE 6980 Research Project in International Language Education

Program Duration

This MA program is a full-time taught postgraduate program and can normally be completed in one year. Students are required to take a minimum of 9 credits of coursework each semester.

Scholarship

A merit-based scholarship of HK$20,000 will be offered to top students of the graduating class each academic year. To be eligible for consideration, awardees should meet the following criteria:
-Obtain a CGA of 3.70 or above (calculated by 24 required credits)
-Not receive any other scholarships concurrently

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