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Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (MA)

Course content

Want to further your career in language teaching? Learn the latest linguistics theories and apply them to your classroom practice. Gain critical and analytical skills that will boost your career prospects. Choose to study by distance learning or in Cambridge, a city famous for language teaching.


If you’re involved with any aspect of foreign language teaching, this course will further your theoretical understanding of language learning and give you a chance to develop your teaching skills.

You’ll gain a firm grounding in the current theories and methodologies of foreign language teaching and learning, and second language acquisition, and have the chance to apply these to your own classroom practice and curriculum development.

You’ll learn the basics of conducting research, and improve the critical and analytical skills in demand from employers. Our modules will also allow you to investigate other issues of language, like migration or identity.

Outside of the course, you’ll have the chance to attend, and take part in, our research seminars and conferences, like the Identities in Language conference, or the British Association for Applied Linguistics conference 2016.

Course duration: 13 months full-time, 2 years part-time (September starts); 18 months full-time, 28 months part-time (January starts)

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applied-linguistics-and-tesol


Our past students enjoy careers in many language-learning and teaching-related professions, such as teaching English and other languages (in the UK and abroad), and developing courses, tests, materials or language policy.


Core modules:

Second Language Acquistion

Discourse in Society

Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

Major Project

Optional modules:

Materials and Course Design

Classroom Theory and Practice

Impacts of Migration

Language, Identity and Policy


You’ll show your understanding of theoretical issues and their practical application through a combination of portfolios, classroom observation tasks and critical essays. After completing your final module, you’ll also research and prepare a 15,000-word dissertation.

Where you'll study

You can take this course on our Cambridge campus or by distance learning. On campus, all teaching takes place in the evening, making it easier for you to take up paid work during the day. With its many language schools, Cambridge is the perfect place for you to gain invaluable experience in language teaching.

Our distance learning course is provided entirely online and asynchronous, allowing you to study flexibly wherever you are.

Visit the Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (MA) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!





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