This exciting new programme is offered fully online and is aimed at experienced English Language Teachers and other English language professionals. The main focus of the course will be on the use and teaching of the English language in a global context. This focus will address an international need for professional development, especially among teachers of English. The Masters in Applied Linguistics aims to provide a broad-based course of study in language description (language systems: grammar, lexis and phonology), theories of Applied Linguistics, frameworks for the study of discourse, as well as specialist research skills for the empirical analysis of language in context. The course will run over three semesters (one and a half years). Semesters 1 and 2 will involve taught modules (online lectures and activities). Semester 3 will be dedicated to the writing of a 20,000 word dissertation.
Each semester will be structured into 12 weeks or units. Each semester, you will take three modules. The weekly contact hours will be divided between live webcasts/webinars and participation in a range of online tasks, including discussion forums, quizzes, wikis and online tutorials. Each module will involve ongoing assessment. This may involve a mixture of tasks such as online quizzes, online discussions and wikis, uploading and sharing of work to our online virtual learning environment, essays, oral presentations, etc.
The aims of the MA in Applied Linguistics are to: ●enhance the professional knowledge of English Language Teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language (grammar, lexis and phonology); ●develop participants’ ability to utilise theoretical frameworks for the analysis of discourse to enhance their ability to address specific language-related real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language; ●provide a broad understanding of the key issues and debates in language teaching and learning; ●develop specialist skills in the empirical analysis of language in context using corpus linguistics.
A minimum of two years’ experience in English Language Teaching (ELT) or Foreign Language Teaching, ELT publishing or translation, or related fields, plus a 2.2 honours degree, or higher. Alternatively, relevant prior experience in English Language Teaching (ELT) or Foreign Language Teaching, ELT publishing or translation, or related fields will be considered as a basis for entry on a case-by-case basis (acceptance under this criteria will be subject to an interview and in accordance with the University of Limerick Policy on Accredited Prior Learning). In the case of non-native speakers of English, an IELTS level 7 or equivalent.
Recipient: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
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