Choose Kingston's Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching MA
This practice-based programme is aimed specifically at postgraduate students with or without language teaching experience who intend to develop their careers in language teaching of not only English but also other languages. It is suitable for both native speakers and non-native speakers of English. Students may be eligible for a bursary.
You will have the opportunity to observe teachers in practice to gain a deeper understanding of classroom management and language teaching pedagogy, as well as the chance to design and use teaching materials.
In addition to gaining research skills from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, you will also gain employability skills, such as criticality and advanced oral and written communication, which are relevant not only to language teaching, but also to teaching-related professions.
What will you study?
The course offers a mix of theoretical applied linguistic topics and more-practical application of ideas. Core modules introduce the conceptual foundations of the subject, while option modules cover topics that allow you to develop your own path of enquiry.
You will gain insights into the theory and practice of language learning and teaching, and will develop your teaching skills through micro-teaching in a peer-led environment and through the optional opportunity to gain a professional teaching qualification (CELTA*) as part of the programme. Students may choose this option at their own additional expense and at an institution of their choice, but the CELTA/CLTA* must be studied after the end of the second semester modules.
* The CELTA qualification is not available at Kingston University
. You will be advised of a local college where the CELTA can be studied.
Coursework and dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Educational Technologies for English Language Teaching and Learning
Language Description, Materials and Methods
Principles of Language Learning for Language Teaching
Teaching Language for Specific Purposes
Dissertation Pathway 1 plus Research Skills
Dissertation Pathway 2: CELTA plus Critical Reflection Skills
Optional modules to be confirmed.
What this course offers you
If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.
A clear focus on the practical application of applied linguistics.
A distinctive dissertation option which encourages critical reflection of language teacher training.
Core modules which introduce the conceptual foundations of the subject, and optional modules which cover topics that allow students to develop their own paths of enquiry.
Observations of teachers in practice to gain a deeper understanding of classroom management and language teaching pedagogy.
Opportunities for students to design and use teaching materials.
Employability skills such as criticality and advanced oral and written communication are embedded into the course which are relevant to not only language teaching, but also to teaching related professions.
Research skills from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives.
A personal tutor scheme which ensures students receive one to one contact with a tutor for academic and personal support.
English language requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
A second-class degree or above, or equivalent relevant experience.All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.