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Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching by web-based Distance Learning MA


University of Nottingham School of English

Part time September, February MA 2-4 years part time.

About the course

The School of English at Nottingham has long been at the forefront of research and teaching in the area of applied linguistics.

This web-based MA provides an exciting opportunity to work with several leading world figures and to investigate English language in applied contexts.

You will be introduced to the key ideas and concepts in applied linguistics and provided with thorough training in relevant research methods. This MA is particularly suitable if you wish to pursue a PhD programme after completion of the MA.

The principle of language study that we have established at Nottingham combines theoretical and ideological dimensions with practical applications; we aim to be rigorous and principled while offering an approach to language study that is fundamentally humane.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a 2:1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent). IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)


Fees

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Student Profile(s)

Tony Fisher

75.jpg Like many people, commencing study on an MA in Linguistics was for me part and parcel of a career change. I had worked in TV news for over ten years and decided that I wanted a complete change. I had a long standing interest in language, and so teaching English overseas seemed the obvious escape route. However, while teaching at a private language school may offer the opportunity to change course, it doesn’t generally offer much in the way of long terms career prospects. If you are looking for a meaningful career, you need more than just a CELTA qualification.

I am now approaching completion of the MA and have recently started teaching English at a Japanese university, but my choice of modules on the MA has not been directly related to teaching. I think that this is one of the strengths of the Nottingham English programme, in that you don’t have to decide before you begin what kind of degree you want to end up with. Nottingham offers an impressive array of modules, from medieval literature to cutting edge research technologies such as corpus analysis, and this gives you a great deal of freedom and means you can either specialize or chose modules from a variety of subject areas – you can pretty much make your degree whatever you want it to be.

Studying by distance presents its own particular challenges, the greatest of which for me is the inability to discuss ideas and concerns with fellow students, although the recent emergence of an online community of distance learners may go some way towards alleviating this. But while distance learning comes with its own difficulties, it also brings its own rewards in that it forces you to develop independent research skills – skills that will be invaluable to anyone wishing to go on to study for a PhD. But perhaps more importantly in my own case, distance learning offered an opportunity to undertake post-graduate study that simply would not have been available to me otherwise.


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