University of York

University of York

Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching

The aim of the programme is to provide a broad-based Master's in language education informed by theoretical and practical concerns. The programme does not offer a language teaching qualification; it does offer advanced inquiry into the processes of language learning, with specific reference to second language learning. Applications are welcome from both home and international students.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree or above; applicants' 1st degree should be in a related subject, such as language, linguistics or education. To be eligible for this course, you must have the equivalent of at least 1 year's teaching experience by the time the course starts; this can involve any language, any age of learner and any stages of learning. This teaching experience is normally after you have obtained your 1st degree. Teacher training internships, casual private tutoring and holiday camps are not normally sufficient. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Language for education; research methods in language learning and teaching; teaching and learning language; planning and communicating research; dissertation. Optional modules: Bilingualism; citizenship education; cross-linguistic influences in 2nd language acquisition; discourse analysis and language teaching; education and social justice; evaluating ESOL classroom practice; intercultural communication in education; learning and teaching second language reading; motivation in education; teaching and assessing speaking skills; teach and assessing writing skills; teaching and learning in schools; teaching world English; topics in 2nd language acquisition; approaches to English language teaching; contemporary issues in teaching; cross-cultural perspectives on language and discourse; developmental psycholinguistics; learning and teaching grammar in a second language; pragmatics (language meaning and communication); psychology of language and language learning; qualitative and quantitative data analysis; teaching and learning citizenship and global education; teaching English for academic purposes; testing and assessment in English language teaching; the practice of English language teaching.

Assessment methods

Students will complete four assessed coursework essay assignments (each 4,000 to 5,000 words in length); an exam in research methods in language learning and teaching; an assessed presentation dissertation outline, ethics audit and a dissertation of 12,000 words based on a small-scale research study

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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