Open University

Open University

Applied Linguistics and English language (EE817)

Linking knowledge about the English language, how it is used, and the contexts in which it operates, this module explores the role of language in teaching and learning, business/professional communication, healthcare and many other real-life settings. Students develop a solid grounding in a range of ideas and techniques within applied linguistics (e.g. semantics, pragmatics, intercultural communication, conversation analysis, ethnography, language and globalisation, role of technologies) and apply this to case studies from a variety of contexts. Students enhance their practical understanding of how such research and enquiry can be useful in different areas of life, including their own professional practice.

Entry requirements

You should be prepared for study at postgraduate level and have the minimum of a bachelors degree (in any subject) from a UK University or an equivalent professional qualification. We warmly welcome applications from students who have an undergraduate degree level qualification from universities outside the UK and which is deemed equivalent to a UK higher education degree. You will be encouraged to relate the content of the modules to your own experiences therefore you will need access to a teaching/learning context of some kind. You may teach at primary, secondary or tertiary level; you may teach English to speakers of other languages; perhaps you are a parent or childcarer; or are involved in mentoring or training at work. All of these could provide suitable settings to apply your learning.

Course modules

Assessment methods

3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). End-of-module assessment. Students must use the online eTMA system to submit their tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Credits from The Open University Distance learning October 2016 - 9 months

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