Northumbria University Newcastle

Applied Linguistics for TESOL MA

This course is appropriate for students at the start of their careers as English Language teachers and also for more experienced teachers. A dedicated pathway is offered for students with more experience.

Whichever pathway you follow, you will take a critical professional perspective towards TESOL and Applied Linguistics in a global, cultural, political and educational context.

Language is embedded in the social, cultural, personal, and interpersonal processes of human life, with complex forms and patterns that constantly develop to help us communicate more effectively. Thus, you will be encouraged to think of language as more than a set of rules. Instead, you will recognise language use as a complex process with personal, social and educational consequences, and you will acquire the knowledge and skills required to reflect critically upon your own language teaching practice.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

  • The MA has been designed to enhance promotion prospects, fulfilling industry demands for highly qualified graduates with the skills to work across a variety of professions – most notably English Language teachers and teacher trainers, managers, course planners, government advisers, inspectors, material developers and consultants.
  • The course is also ideal for those looking to move into professional research, publishing and editing, and educational management. There is constant demand both in the UK and overseas for Applied Linguistics and TESOL graduates in other language-related professions, such as the media, the helping professions, communication, publishing and editing.

Course Details

Our MA combines exciting subject-specific content with an emphasis on the development of independent analytical and research skills, supported by knowledgeable, research-active staff.

Our learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver a stimulating and student-centered environment through a combination of lectures, seminars, group workshops and individual tutorials. The range of subject-specific modules has been developed to help you acquire the core skills appropriate to the study of TESOL and Applied Linguistics and the course culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Year One

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Cognitive Linguistics (Optional,20 Credits)
The origins and evolution of language (Optional,20 Credits)
World Englishes (Optional,20 Credits)
Variation, Change and Corpus Linguistics (Optional,20 Credits)
Language and Social Disadvantage (Optional,20 Credits)
Language and Meaning (Optional,20 Credits)
Forensic Linguistics (Optional,20 Credits)
Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)
Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)
Psychology of Language (Optional,20 Credits)
Sociolinguistics (Optional,20 Credits)
Negotiated Study (Optional,20 Credits)
Investigating Language for TESOL (Core,20 Credits)
TESOL Syllabus & Materials Design (Optional,20 Credits)
Professional Practice of TESOL (Optional,20 Credits)
Investigating Second Language Acquisition (Optional,20 Credits)
Exploring the TESOL Classroom (Core,20 Credits)
TESOL in the World (Core,20 Credits)

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