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MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Distance Learning)

Course Description

Course Outline

The MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL provides professional development and training in applied linguistics appropriate to more experienced teachers of English, including:

-A critical understanding of key issues and debates in many areas of applied linguistics and of how these relate to English Language Teaching.
-A body of knowledge that will enhance your ability to undertake language teaching at a range of levels and cultural and institutional contexts.
-The ability to reflect, analyse and critically evaluate language teaching and learning concepts and theories, and to understand and examine the assumptions underlying different classroom practices.
-The ability to analyse language in use from different perspectives relevant to language teaching and learning.
-The skills to undertake effective practitioner research in your specific area of interest.

We are one of the longest established providers of postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the UK. On this course you will join teachers from all over the world. You will also benefit from our active involvement in research in different areas of Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide our distance learning students. Our award-winning library has world-class facilities for distance learning students. You will have full access to our other support services and will be assigned a personal tutor. Our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, offers a wide range of study support material, and you will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Course Structure

Second Language Teaching and Learning
Description of English
Language, Discourse and Society
Two option modules
Plus your Dissertation

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Visit the MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Distance Learning) page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Karolina Ciecwierz

Tell us a little bit about your background?

I came to the University of Leicester to study MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL having completed a degree in Early Years Language Teaching in Poland. I taught for two years in my home country where I gained experience of teaching English as a foreign language before coming to the UK for my Master's.

What attracted you to the Programme of Study here?

The course was a perfect match for me. As English is not my first language; I was looking for a programme designed for speakers of other languages. I also wanted to know that I would be qualified to teach at a higher level, may be even lecture. The part-time programme combines each of these elements and has also allowed me to continue working alongside my studies which was a great attraction.

Can you describe your experience of studying with the School of Education here at Leicester?

Enjoyable and challenging! The course is very interesting and the content is understandable for overseas students. Everything is explained clearly and the seminars gave us the opportunity to discuss topics face to face with tutors which made things a lot easier. Speaking to other students about their teaching experiences has really helped me to learn. Students come to study MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL from all across the world and sharing our different teaching experiences together enhances our knowledge, not just about language teaching, but also about different cultures and behaviours. Sharing this wealth of experience is really valuable.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

Everything has been very enjoyable and helpful. I particularly enjoyed my lectures as the tutor's delivery of applied linguistics topics was very engaging. The course tutors have vast experience of teaching abroad and are able to draw on this experience to inform their teaching. Group work sessions have also been very enjoyable! I remember a particular session in the library when we were preparing for the phonology exam, it was so funny! I feel that I am part of a real community of students and we have fun learning from each other. The atmosphere is very friendly and interactive.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be teachers or others working in the ELT field, with at least a second class honours degree plus two years teaching experience. You must also meet the university's English language requirements (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

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