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Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching - MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT programme at St Mary’s has been running for more than 25 years and has helped develop the careers of hundreds of professionals in language teaching, management, publishing and research.

The Applied Linguistics MA is designed primarily for teachers of English and of other modern languages who are interested in extending their knowledge of language and language teaching.

It provides participants with the opportunity to explore developments in applied linguistics and language teaching in the light of their own practical expertise and knowledge.

Why St Mary's?

This is a course with committed lecturers engaging with small groups, usually no more than 10-15 in each year. Compared to many other MA programmes in the UK this is a very low number and we have deliberately kept it small in order to keep the quality of our teaching high. We know all our students by name, and are able to give them a lot of individual attention and support.

We examine not only the subject of teaching, but also the nature of language from diverse theoretical, social and cognitive perspectives.

The content is demanding, but support is also strong. The rewards for students is great, both in how they learn to think about language and in their careers.

A Student View

"This Master's programme is an excellent educational experience. It is really fascinating and challenging and has enriched my life considerably. It has boosted my professional career, enhanced my self-esteem and helped me to become a critical thinker. The lecturers are very enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable in their fields; they are friendly and approachable and help you wherever they can."

Course Content

Students following the MA Programme have to complete six taught modules. In the full-time programme, three modules are taught per semester over one academic year. In the part-time programme in Berlin, three modules are taught in each of the two years.
The modules offered are likely to be:
› Language Theory
› English Language Description
› ELT Syllabus Design and Methodology
› Language Acquisition
› Sociolinguistics
› ELT Teacher Development and Management
› Research Methods and Dissertation

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Teaching and Assessment

To qualify for the MA you will need to be awarded 180 credits. There are six essays to complete, one for each module, and each worth 20 credits. The dissertation is worth 60 credits. The pass mark is 50%. Marks between 60% and 69% are in the merit category; marks over 70% are in the distinction category.

You will usually be taught in seminar groups of no more than 15 students. Small classes facilitate lively discussion and the forging of close and supportive academic relationships between students.

Full-time students attend three 2-hour seminars per week, currently timetabled for Thursdays and Fridays. In the Autumn semester, there is an additional Academic Orientation module that runs for six weeks. In the Spring semester there is an additional Research Methods module that runs for ten weeks.

We encourage an open and friendly relationship between students and staff. Students should feel free to make tutorial appointments with tutors, who are always happy to meet with them.

Visit the Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the St Mary’s University, Twickenham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Tom (ELT Advisor, British Council)

Doing the MA at St Mary's proved to be a huge leap forward in my ELT career both academically and professionally. It opened many doors for me from starting to teach applied linguistics at universities to managing EFL projects at national level in Chile where I live. The quality and variety of the MA course modules will prepare you well for your future.


Entry Requirements

You should have a first degree with at least second-class honours, plus three years professional experience in education. We will also consider applications from graduates without the full three years’ professional experience if their first degree is in a subject related to applied linguistics. We are able to consider applications from people without a degree if they have appropriate professional qualifications and experience. Additionally, we like to interview all applicants in person or by Skype.

Last Updated

12 May 2017

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