University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Overview If you teach English to speakers of other languages and want to continue your personal and professional development, enhance your abilities and become an expert in your field, postgraduate study is your next step. On this MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL degree course, you'll take your qualifications to Master's level - whether you choose to study full-time, part-time, or part-time via distance learning - and develop your expertise in fields that interest you the most. You'll enhance your teaching skills too, so when you graduate, you'll be ready to take the next ambitious strides in your career. You can start this in September (full time, part time or distance learning) or January (distance learning only). What you'll experience On this course, you'll: Develop the skills needed to teach English around the world, to speakers of other languages Expand your knowledge of the theories and methods used in linguistics Unpick the hidden systems and bias in the use of language Reflect on your teaching practice from theoretical and research-based perspectives If you choose to study this course via distance learning, you'll follow the same course structure as the full-time and part-time options, but without the necessity to attend lectures and seminars on campus. Work experience and career planning If you're not already in work when you join us, our Careers and Employability service are on-hand to help you find relevant work experience during your course - and to help you find a great job when you graduate too. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your portfolio. Careers and opportunities When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. Previous students have gone on to work in universities in the UK and abroad, continued their studies, or taken on more advanced roles in their current place of work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements

MA: A good honours degree or equivalent, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience. If you do not have relevant teaching experience, you can still apply for our campus programme, and you will study an additional non-credit bearing module The Classroom Practice of TESOL at no additional cost. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

Course modules

The course is structured on the basis of core units and optional units. You will study: Second Language Acquisition: This unit reviews relevant research on the topic of SLA and builds on students' previous experience of language learning, applying this to areas such as individual differences and types of learning, as well as to more formal approaches to SLA. Theory and Practice of TESOL: Students consider the theory and practice that informs communicative language teaching and how individual and contextual factors impact on classroom practices and decision making. In so doing, they reflect on their own teaching and learning experiences. The unit also considers issues in curriculum and syllabus design, assessment and teacher education. Dissertation: Students undertake a piece of significant research, reported and analysed in an appropriate manner in an area of professional relevance. A research proposal will be produced in the first instance and supervision from a tutor will be available throughout the process. plus two options from: Using Technology and Corpora in Learning, Teaching and Research: Students are introduced to the ways in which they can make use of technology as both language teachers and language researchers. In particular, the unit focuses on the technological affordances of the internet and language corpora. World Englishes: The English language has always been characterised by dynamic change. This unit considers the political, ideological and pedagogical aspects of English being used as a global lingua franca. Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Material: This unit develops students' abilities to analyse teaching materials, with particular emphasis on the perspectives of discourse, pragmatics and theories of second language acquisition. Students will focus on evaluating and writing material with particular teaching contexts in mind. Analysing Discourse: This unit introduces various analytical tools (e.g. appraisal, speech acts, modality, metaphors, transitivity, cohesion, theme-rheme) which are valuable in the analysis of authentic discourses and texts (e.g. courtroom discourse, social media, educational science texts, newspaper texts, political speeches, advertisements, etc.). The importance of context in any analysis is emphasised. Professional Portfolio: This unit offers students the opportunity to profile their degree to their own professional and/or personal interests, allowing students the chance to study areas not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Students negotiate an area for study and then pursue this with the support of a supervisor.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment: Our campus programme combines the opportunity for traditional classroom-based teaching, with the flexibility of distance learning. A student can complete the programme (excluding the dissertation) entirely through classroom delivery. Alternatively, they can widen their option choices by selecting one or more units from the distance learning and supervised unit ranges. A full time student will do one core unit and one option in each teaching block (plus their dissertation). A part time student will do a core unit in each teaching block of year one and an option unit in each teaching block of year two (plus their dissertation). Typically each taught unit runs for twelve weeks and has four hours of teaching per week. Teaching takes place in small seminar groups, allowing students to analyse arguments, contribute ideas and ask questions. Tutors are also available to offer guidance to students on an individual basis. How are you assessed? Most units are assessed through at least two pieces of coursework (typically essays), amounting to 6,000 words in total for the unit.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 6,950 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time January 2020 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Part-time January 2020 3,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time January 2020 3,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time January 2020 3,750 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time January 2020 3,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time January 2020 3,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time January 2020 6,950 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time January 2020 3,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

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Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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