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MA Applied Linguistics (TEFL)

Course Description

Course Summary

This course offers an advanced level professional qualification for practising and aspiring teachers of English and has been designed for both native and non-native English speakers.

Students have the opportunity to carry out a major piece of individual research on a topic of special interest.

Intermediate qualifications available:

Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Applied Linguistics (TEFL) MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study a distinctive course with assessed teaching practice enabling you, with the relevant teaching experience, to gain British Council ‘TEFL Q’ (qualified) status and its associated career advantages
- Explore practical issues relevant to your own professional working environment with an optional Professional Practice unit, which could involve opportunities to gain teaching experience abroad
- Develop your understanding of how language systems can be taught, as well as theories of language teaching such as language acquisition and intercultural communication
- Gain from access to the expertise of CRELLA, our world-renowned Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment; nationally and internationally recognised as a leading UK-based centre for research into language learning and assessment
- Benefit from a course which gives you access to a range of careers in universities, colleges, and language schools in many countries; in ELT development and publishing; or further study at PhD level.

Please contact Claudia Saraceni (course manager) for more information at

Why choose this course?

The MA in Applied Linguistics (TEFL) offers an advanced level professional qualification for practising and aspiring teachers of English, but also for L2 materials developers, examination/test paper writers and researchers in Applied Linguistics. As the course includes observed and assessed teaching practice, successful completion of the course will mean that students achieve Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Q status (Q = fully qualified in British Council terms). Graduates who start the course without teaching experience will achieve TEFLi status on completion (i = initial teacher status).

You will focus on areas such as the relationship between linguistics and second language learning, the methodology and techniques of language teaching and the appropriateness and development of L2 materials. You will also examine various current issues in ELT and have the opportunity to carry out a major piece of individual research on a topic of your interest. This course has been designed for both native and non-native English speakers.

You will benefit from:

- The prolific and highly successful Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), a world-leading research centre in language testing and programme evaluation
- High-quality teaching in our English Language and Communication Department (highly ranked in Student Satisfaction Surveys)
- Invaluable opportunities to gain relevant and practical teaching experience with observed and assessed teaching practice
- Opportunity to gain professional practical experience with a work placement programme

Career Management Skills

This MA in Applied Linguistics (TEFL) caters for those who want to develop their experience and research in a number of areas related to Applied Linguistics, particularly as it is specifically designed for those who are planning to become English Language teachers, those who wish to develop their knowledge and experience in L2 Materials Development and those who are looking to develop a critical insight into language assessment and testing. This course is one of the few courses in the HE market for masters in `ELT and Applied Linguistics (English Language Teaching) as it allows experienced teachers to gain professional accreditation following British Council recommendations for TEFL qualifications in relation to gaining TEFL recognition (TEFLQ status to those who have a minimum of two years of teaching experience prior to the above mentioned teaching practice unit).

This programme offers, therefore, distinct career advantages through professional career developments particularly emphasising its Continuing Professional Development (CPD), for example with the teaching practice experience and with the development of online materials made available as part of the Language Centre self-access resources and are piloted with students using such online resources.

Career/Further study opportunities

Several of our graduates are currently employed by the University as visiting lecturers in EFL and there are also a considerable number of our graduates who are following a PhD project with the English Language and Communication Department and with CRELLA (our Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment). Without exception, they all have proved themselves highly-competent and very professional.

A number of our graduates also find employment or develop their career further in ELT, Language Centres at different levels in the UK and abroad taking advantage of the professional experience and qualification gained in this course.

Visit the MA Applied Linguistics (TEFL) page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For non-native speakers of English IELTS 6.5 overall, or equivalent, with no score lower than 6.0.A good first degree, and/or a recognised TEFL/TESOL certificate and/or relevant teaching experience.Students who hold a DELTA or equivalent qualification may be considered to have the teaching practice element of this course compensated for prior learning, if they wish to.

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