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MA Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching

Study at a leading centre of excellence in applied linguistics and education

Year of entry: 2023 (September)

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2023 (semester dates)

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You'll learn about new developments in applied linguistics research and will be able to reflect on these in light of your own practical expertise.

This course is designed for those with experience of teaching English as a second language.

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Talks, workshops and seminars give you opportunities to get involved with our active academic community and keep up to date with cutting edge research

Course content

This course is designed for applicants from the UK or overseas who wish to pursue a career in teaching English as a foreign language. You should have an equivalent of at least 12 months of classroom experience of teaching English on a full-time basis. You'll study the processes of language learning, with specific reference to learning English as a foreign language.

Modules

You will take a total of 180 credits, including four core modules, two option modules and a dissertation, which you will complete as part of the Independent Study Module.

Core modules

You will take four core modules which may include:

Option modules

You will also study two option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

The options available to you will be confirmed after you begin your course. For further information please get in touch.

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Dissertation

Throughout your final year you’ll work on your dissertation. This capstone module is a chance for you to engage with a specific topic in detail. You'll use the research skills you've developed to identify a research question and design and carry out an empirical study.

You'll analyse your data and write up your findings in a 12,000 extended essay, to explain and contextualise your work. You'll have frequent meetings with a dissertation supervisor, who'll have expertise in your area of research. You'll also benefit from a series of workshops and other activities designed to support and enhance your research skills.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Use their sophisticated understanding of applied linguistics and EFL teaching to engage with educational issues at the forefront of the discipline.
  • Select and deploy cutting-edge applied linguistics techniques and methodologies in order to investigate EFL learning and teaching.
  • Analyse complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge, and to synthesise the information in innovative ways to create original insights at the forefront of the discipline of applied linguistics.
  • Communicate complex information and arguments clearly, confidently and in a professional manner, making use of oral, written and visual formats.
  • Initiate and conduct independent, focused research projects in the area of applied linguistics and EFL teaching by engaging in thorough planning, rigorous ethics procedures, and the selection and application of appropriate principles, methodologies and approaches.
  • Collate, manage and critically analyse complex empirical data using appropriate software in order to support presented arguments.
Building a bridge between research and practice is one of the big challenges facing education at the moment. Here in York that challenge is being met. Here in the Department of Education, there is a concern about whether or not [research] influences the decisions that politicians take.
Baroness Estelle Morris, former UK Secretary of State for Education
Chair of the University of York's Department of Education Advisory Board

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2023/24

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £9,990£22,250

Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.

Additional costs

There are no mandatory additional fees, but we do recommend that you set aside some money for photocopying. Course books will be available from the Library and online reading packs are available for most modules, but you may wish to buy your own copies. Each book typically costs £20 to 40.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Funding opportunities

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops.

You will spend time working on your own, reading assigned texts and researching supporting materials, as well as working with others in seminars to discuss and present your work.

A member of teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree to help guide your studies and monitor your progress.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West, including Derwent and Vanbrugh, and the Spring Lane teaching building.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Types of assessments used throughout this course include:

  • four 3,500-word assessed essays
  • online exams
  • research proposal and ethics audit
  • a 12,000-word dissertation on an original piece of your own research.

Careers and skills

This course is an ideal grounding for postgraduate students looking to go on to further study such as PhD or for a career in the education sector.

Many of our graduates become English language teachers all around the world, in private language schools, state schools, universities and other organisations requiring English language instruction. Others find employment opportunities in areas of course and syllabus design, and materials writing in large and small scale publishing houses.

Our postgraduate courses can be used to complement teacher training/development programmes and voluntary or paid roles which focus on the more practical elements of teaching. However, other than our PGCE, our courses are not teacher training programmes in themselves.

Career opportunities

  • English teacher
  • Language instructor
  • Manager of research & development within an educational institution
  • Teacher trainer
  • Research assistant
  • Private tutor

Transferable skills

  • Research methods
  • Data analysis
  • Design and completion of original research
  • Critical reasoning
  • Communication skills (including intercultural communication)
  • Academic and professional language skills in English
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Time-management
  • Information management
  • Working independently

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as English Language, Linguistics or Education with a substantial English component
International pre-masters programme Pre-masters from our International Pathway College
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 7.0, minimum 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 185, minimum 169 in each component
Duolingo 130, minimum 105 in each component
LanguageCert SELT C1 with 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert IESOL C1 Expert: Pass with 25/50 in each component
TOEFL 96, minimum 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Distinction in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

You should have the equivalent of at least one year's full-time English teaching experience by the time the course starts. Your experience of teaching can be with any age of learner and at any stage of learning. Your teaching experience should normally have taken place after you obtained your first degree. Teacher training internships, casual private tutoring and holiday camps are not normally sufficient experience. You must indicate clearly on the main application form that you have this experience, giving all of the following information:

  1. the start date and finish date of your teaching experience. If you'll be teaching until the MA starts, please write 'ongoing until MA starts'.
  2. the type of establishment you have taught in (eg, primary, secondary, university, private language school, etc).
  3. whether you were full or part time. If part time, tell us how much you taught per week.

You will also need to provide formal evidence of your teaching experience, for example a professional reference.

If you do not have the equivalent of at least one year's full time experience, please consider applying for the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages instead. If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.

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