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Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA

Course Description

This MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching is for experienced EFL teachers wanting to learn more about current ELT/ESL research, theory, pedagogy and practice. A great opportunity to develop your career in TEFL/TESOL and develop expertise in specialist fields such as language assessment and testing, materials development, teaching EAP, becoming a teacher educator, management and evaluation and ESOL.

Key benefits

- An opportunity to expand your knowledge of current theoretical and practical aspects of language teaching.

- Develop professional expertise relevant to your career development in areas such as EAP, teaching ESOL, materials development, language testing and assessment, teacher education.

- Excellent tutorial support and extensive programme-specific training in research methods and academic writing.

- Exchange ideas with other experienced language teaching professionals from many different contexts.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/applied-linguistics-and-english-language-teaching-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme provides opportunities to explore recent research in the field and find out more about specialist areas such as teacher education, materials development, teaching English for academic purposes, management and evaluation in ELT and intercultural studies.

Core modules deal with language teaching methodology and curriculum design, linguistic analysis for language teaching, issues in language acquisition and use (sociolinguistics, social & psychological aspects of second language learning) and research methods. The programme also places particular emphasis on the notion of informed teaching and the need for teachers to mediate between theory and practice in constructing pedagogies according to specific teaching-learning contexts.

- Course purpose -

For experienced language teachers who want to reflect upon and further develop their understanding of the various theoretical and practical issues that impact on the field of language learning and teaching.

- Course format and assessment -

Students on the standard programme follow all the core modules and choose two optional modules. Students who have the Cambridge ESOL DELTA or Trinity House Diploma in ELT may be eligible for the part time "fast track" version of the programme which gives them exemption from Principles & Practice in ELT, and one of the optional modules. Assessment is by coursework assignments and dissertation. There are no examinations.

Career prospects

This programme is especially popular with UK-based and international students who are at a point in their career when a master's degree is helpful in professional advancement. Our graduates have found that their promotion opportunities have been greatly enhanced by this advanced qualification. More recently, some of our graduates have returned to take up MPhil/PhD studies.

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

Visit the Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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4588.jpg "The teaching and tutorial support far exceeded my expectations, and I relished being part of such a diverse and intellectually engaged cohort. A year later I began teaching at a university, where I have continued to grow professionally and reflect on the ideas we explored on the MA."


Entry Requirements

Academic requirements: 2:1 class honours degree (or international equivalent) is usually required in a relevant subject (including, but not limited to, a modern foreign language, English, Education, Linguistics etc). If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip). Professional requirements: All applicants should also have experience equivalent to three years' full-time in language teaching or a related post. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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