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Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA

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The Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching MA is for experienced teachers wanting to extend their knowledge and understanding of current research, theory, pedagogy and practice in ELT.

The course offers you an excellent opportunity to further your career in ELT and develop expertise in specialist fields such as language assessment and testing, materials development, teaching EAP, management and evaluation and ESOL.

Please note that we also offer an additional version of the Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching MA. This route involves a slightly different programme of study and leads to the award of the Cambridge Delta, as well as the MA itself for successful candidates. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.


Key benefits
  • Opportunities to expand your knowledge of current theoretical and practical aspects of language teaching.

  • Excellent tutorial support and extensive programme-specific training in research methods and academic writing.

  • Exchange ideas with other experienced language teaching professionals from many different linguistic and cultural contexts.

  • Opportunities to develop professional expertise relevant to your career development in areas, including EAP, materials development, language testing and assessment, teacher education.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT. Fast track only available PT. Starts September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180-195/ECTS 90-97.5

Course intake No set number

Course leaders Dr Martin Dewey

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
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fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department School of Education, Communication & Society

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Description

The Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching MA course offers you opportunities to explore current research and specialist areas such as teacher education, materials development, teaching English for academic purposes, management and evaluation in ELT and intercultural studies.

You will study required modules covering language-teaching methodology and curriculum design, linguistic analysis for language teaching, issues in language acquisition and use (sociolinguistics, and aspects of second language learning) and research methods. We also place emphasis on the view of informed teaching and the need for teachers to mediate between theory and practice in constructing pedagogies according to specific teaching-learning situations.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the 180-195 credit course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete. If you have the Cambridge ESOL Delta or Trinity House Diploma in ELT, you may be eligible for the ‘fast track’ version of the course which will give you exemption from Principles and Practices in Second/Foreign Language Teaching. The fast track option can only be studied part-time. As students on this pathway are exempt from a module, they will not take any taught modules in one of the terms (normally Term 1 of Year 2). They may, however, be working on their dissertation during this time. 

Course purpose

For experienced language teachers who want to reflect upon and further develop their understanding of the various theoretical and practical issues that impact on the field of language learning and teaching.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. The total contact time for each 30-credit taught module is typically 40 hours (20 hours per 15 credit module). These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study, in addition to other practical, technical and analytical activities. Each 30-credit taught module has 260 hours of self-guided learning time (130 hours for a 15 credit taught module). Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will receive six hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision. Lectures involving research methods will involve an additional 20 hours of contact time, to complement the 574 hours of self-study.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, language analysis tasks, exams and oral presentations. Most optional modules are assessed by a 3,500-word essay. The dissertation will be assessed by one 15,000-word extended piece of writing. The format of your optional module assessment will depend on the options chosen.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180-195 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this course page for updates.

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:
Optional Modules

You will take an additional 30-45 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include modules from the list below, and may include a maximum of 40 credits from language/linguistics-related modules from other programmes at King's College London, at the discretion of the Programme Director.

If you are following the two-year part-time course, you will usually take the modules in the following order:

Year 1

  • Principles and Practices in Second/Foreign Language Teaching (30 credits)

  • Sociolinguistics (15 credits) or Second/Additional Language Acquisition (15 credits)

  • Part-time students divide their 30-45 optional credits more or less equally across the two years

Year 2

  • Linguistic Analysis for Language Teaching (30 credits)

  • Sociolinguistics (15 credits) or Second/Additional Language Acquisition (15 credits) – whichever of these you did not take in Year 1

  • Part-time students divide their 30-45 optional credits more of less equally across the two years

  • Research Methods & Dissertation in Applied Linguistics/Language Learning & Teaching (60 credits)

If you are taking the part-time, fast-track course, you will usually take the modules in the following order:

Year 1
- Sociolinguistics (15 credits)
or
Second/Additional Language Acquisition (15 credits)
- Linguistic Analysis for Language Teaching (30 credits)
- Fast-track students divide their 30-45 optional credits more or less equally across the two years

Year 2
- Sociolinguistics (15 credits)
or
Second/Additional Language Acquisition (15 credits) - whichever of these you did not take in Year 1
- Fast-track students divide their 30-45 optional credits more or less equally across the two years
- Research Methods & Dissertation in Applied Linguistics/Language Learning and Teaching (60 credits)

Entry requirements & how to apply

Applied Linguistics and EL Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements   2:1

A 2:1 class honours degree is usually required in a relevant subject (including, but not limited to, a modern foreign language, English, Education, Linguistics, etc.). If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip).

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Professional requirements   All applicants should also have experience equivalent to three years full-time in language teaching or a related post. 

Note:  if, in addition to the above, you also have the Cambridge ESOL Delta or Trinity House Diploma in ELT, then you may be eligible for the part time "fast track" version of this programme. The "fast track" gives you exemption from Principles & Practice in ELT, and one of the option courses.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies. Applications should include one professional and one academic reference as well as details of teaching experience. All applications are considered by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of staff. Home students may be invited for interview and both home and international students may be asked to complete a short academic writing task. We endeavour to process all applications within four weeks of receipt in the department.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. The personal statement should describe your teaching experience so far and discuss how you feel this MA will build on your experience, as well as how it might contribute to your future career plans.
Previous Academic Study  Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £8,100 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £16,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,050 per year (2019/20); £3,375 per year (fast-track 2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,250 per year (2019/20); £6,875 per year (fast-track 2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates from the Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA course choose to remain in further education and go on to follow MPhil/PhD pathways.

Career destinations

This programme is especially popular with UK-based and international students who are at a point in their career when a Master's degree is helpful in professional advancement. Our graduates have found that their promotion opportunities have been greatly enhanced by this advanced qualification. More recently, some of our graduates have returned to take up MPhil/PhD studies.

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