MA/Diploma Applied Linguistics with TESOL

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Share your love of language with some of the most enthusiastic experts in the world.

I’m an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher, so this course is perfect for me. It’s given me lots of ideas and techniques about how to teach certain skills in EFL, and taught me more about the way language works.

Amber Jay, Applied Linguistics with TESOL

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

This course delivers advanced training in the theory and techniques of applied linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition. We also have expertise in related disciplines including sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics.

You'll spend about eight hours a week in lectures, seminars and workshops. And there are chances to take part in classroom-based research projects in the UK and overseas.

You'll be assessed, depending on the module, on essay assignments and classroom coursework tasks.

You'll write your dissertation (MA only) over the summer. If you don't complete the dissertation, you'll be awarded a diploma.

Postgraduate student in the School of English

Core modules

  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • English Grammar
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation (MA only)

Optional modules

  • Development and Evaluation of Language Teaching Materials
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Theory and Practice of Language Teaching
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Current Topics in ESP
  • Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Testing
  • Researching Writing in TESOL
  • Discourse and Genre Analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • World Englishes
  • Teaching Practice (English Language Teaching Centre)

Not all of these options are available each year.

Teaching

  • Lectures, seminars, workshops and scheduled group study (approximately 10 hours a week)
  • Chances to participate in classroom-based teaching practice and observation

Assessment

  • Essay assignments
  • Classroom coursework tasks
  • The dissertation (MA only) is written over the summer - if you don't complete the dissertation, you'll be awarded a diploma

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A first degree in English or a related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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September 2017 start

Course description 2017

This course delivers advanced training in the theory and techniques of applied linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition.

We also have expertise in related disciplines including sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics, and in the field of TESOL we offer particular expertise in Academic Writing, ESP, Materials Design and Testing.

Our graduates go on to advanced careers in TESOL all over the world. They also work in business, publishing, translation and interpreting.

Postgraduate student in the School of English

Core modules

  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • English Grammar and Discourse
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation (MA only)

Examples of optional modules

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Discourse and Genre Analysis
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Researching Writing in TESOL
  • Teaching Practice
  • Theory and Practice of Language Teaching
  • World Englishes

Teaching and assessment

You’ll be taught by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teachers. Our internationally recognised research feeds straight into our teaching, with students sometimes taking a hands-on role in our research activities. The staff are leading figures in their fields, in many cases having written the books and papers you will be studying: Kook-hee Gil (Second Language Acquisition), Nigel Harwood (TESOL Materials), Gabriel Ozon (English Grammar) and Jane Mulderrig (Critical Discourse Analysis).

You’ll spend about eight hours a week in lectures, seminars and workshops.

And there are chances to take part in classroom-based research projects in the UK and overseas.

Assessment depends on the module, but includes essay assignments and classroom coursework tasks. You’ll write your dissertation (MA only) over the summer.

If you don’t complete the dissertation you’ll be awarded a diploma.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in English or a related subject

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Jackie Elkington
E: j.elkington@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0211

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.