UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Applied Linguistics with TESOL

M.A  |  Placement Year:   No

You will study four core modules:

  • Describing Language
  • Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
  • Syllabus and Materials Design 
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

You will also choose optional modules from a wide range. Further module information is available below.

In addition, there are two non-assessed components in the programme:

  • During the autumn term, all students will be offered preliminary training in corpus linguistics, introducing you to one or more of the main English language corpora (e.g. the British National Corpus) – invaluable collections of authentic language data against which theory, intuition and pedagogic materials can be measured.
  • You will also be offered a course in Academic Writing. Those whose first language is not English are particularly encouraged to follow this course.

Please note: this programme outline relates to 2018/19 and is subject to change in future years.

Programme description

You will study four core modules:

  • Describing Language
  • Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
  • Syllabus and Materials Design 
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

You will also choose optional modules from a wide range. Further module information is available below.

In addition, there are two non-assessed components in the programme:

  • During the autumn term, all students will be offered preliminary training in corpus linguistics, introducing you to one or more of the main English language corpora (e.g. the British National Corpus) – invaluable collections of authentic language data against which theory, intuition and pedagogic materials can be measured.
  • You will also be offered a course in Academic Writing. Those whose first language is not English are particularly encouraged to follow this course.

Please note: this programme outline relates to 2018/19 and is subject to change in future years.

Key Modules
  • Tailored to your level of experience - this programme is specifically designed for more experienced language teachers, so it offers an advanced level of study that will allow you to build on your existing skills and experience.
  • Access to fantastic resources - students at Birmingham have free access to the 450-million-word Bank of English corpus, and to the hardware, software and data resources held at the Centre for Corpus Research. 
  • Excellent reputation - the Department of English Language and Linguistics is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. You will be taught by experts in the field, with a range of interests and specialisms. The University has also been ranked as one of the world's top 50 institutions to study English Language and Literature in the 2018 QS World Rankings.
  • Ongoing support - you will have your own personal tutor to guide you throughout the programme.
  • A vibrant and active postgraduate community - with conferences, seminars and social events, there is always something happening in the Department.
Module & Subject

You will study four core modules:

Describing Language

This module provides a grounding in the analysis of the lexis and grammar of English. You will be introduced to essential concepts and terminology in the field, and gain practice in analysing naturally-occurring language using the models (e.g. Systemic-Functional Grammar) discussed. There is some emphasis on the application of such analysis to the study of language in social context.
Assessment: 2 x 2,000-word essays

Social and Psychological Aspects of Language 

This module provides an introduction to the main sociological and psychological aspects of language use and language development. One half of the course will introduce and discuss concepts and issues in the field of Sociolinguistics; the other will explore issues in Psycholinguistics. Sociolinguistic topics will include: ‘standard’ language and dialectal variety, linguistic variation by social context / purpose, language and social class, language policy and planning. Psycholinguistic topics will include: Universal Grammar, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, 1st and 2nd language acquisition, language development.
Assessment: 4,000-word essay

Syllabus and Materials Design 

This module considers the problems involved in reconciling syllabus and materials design with what is known about the process of language learning and the attempts of established approaches to language syllabus design to solve such problems. The module examines a variety of approaches, including some relatively radical solutions, e.g. the establishment of a pedagogic corpus, the use of a task-based methodology, and the development of analytical exercises.
Assessment: 4,000-word essay

Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 

This module aims to provide you with a grounding in methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics. 
Assessment: 4,000-word essay

Optional modules

You will also choose optional modules from a range which may include the following:

In the spring term -

  • Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
  • Corpus Assisted Language Learning
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • English as a Global Language
  • Exploring English Grammar
  • Issues and Approaches in English for Academic Purposes
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language and Gesture
  • Language and New Media
  • Language and the Senses
  • Language, Gender and Identity
  • Psycholinguistics in TESOL
  • Teacher Training
  • Vocabulary and Phraseology
Entry Requirements
  • A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from an UK university or equivalent. The degree must be in a relevant subject and applicants must meet the following module criteria:

 

For applicants with a degree in Accounting, Finance, Accounting and Finance, International Accounting, International Finance or International Accounting and Finance:

 

One module with minimum 2.1 grade from: Accounting, Financial Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Financial reporting, Senior Financial Accounting and Theory or Accounting

One module with minimum 2.1 grade from: Business Finance, Corporate Finance, Finance, Financial Management, International Finance or International Financial Management

  • All other Applicants:

 

One module with minimum 2.1 grade from: Accounting, Financial Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Financial reporting, Senior Financial Accounting and Theory or Accounting

One module with minimum 2.1 grade from: Business Finance, Corporate Finance, Finance, Financial Management, International Finance or International Financial Management

Two modules with minimum 2.1 grade from a list of 22 other possible modules, including Auditing, Investments, Money and Banking etc.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

 

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band).

Students with a bachelor degree (4 years minimum) may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. However please note that we will only consider students who meet the entry guidance below.

 

Please refer to the ‘Business School’ guidance below if you are applying for a Business or Economics programme (not including MBA). You can see the relevant courses on the Business school website.

 

Please refer to the ‘All other programmes’ guidance below if you are applying for all other courses.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO THE BUSINESS SCHOOL (BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS COURSES EXCLUDING MBA) 

GROUP 1 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 100 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013. We will also consider institutions part of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities.

 

We will consider students from these institutions with 80% or above.

 

Borderline cases: we will consider students with 70-79% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

 

GROUP 2 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 101 to 150 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013.

 

We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFLIATED COLLEGES of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities or top 150 ranking university in Netbig 2012 or 2013.

 

  • We will also consider the following 9 specialist Business universities:

 

  1. University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

 

  1. Beijing Technology and Business University

 

  1. Huaqiao University

 

  1. Nanjing University of Finance and Economics

 

  1. Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

 

  1. Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

 

  1. Jiangxi University of Finance

 

  1. Capital University of Economics and Trade

 

  1. Nanjing Audit University

 

We will consider students from these institutions with 85%.

 

Borderline cases: we will consider students with 80-84% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

 

  • ALL OTHER INSTITUTIONS

If you do not meet the requirement for group 1 or 2 university above then you are not likely to be considered for entry to our Business School. However you may be considered for other programmes outside of the Business school, see details below.

 

  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO ALL OTHER PROGRAMMES (INCLUDING MBA)

GROUP 1 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 200 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013. We will also consider institutions part of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities.

We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFILIATED COLLEGES of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities or top 200 ranking university in Netbig 2012 or 2013.

We will consider students from these institutions with 80% or above.

Borderline cases: we will consider students with 70-79% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

  • GROUP 2 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 201 to 500 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013.

We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFLIATED COLLEGES of these universities.

We will consider students from these institutions with 85%.

Borderline cases: we will consider students with 80-84% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience. 

GROUP 3 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 501 to 800 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013.

We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFLIATED COLLEGES of these universities.

We will consider students from these institutions with 85% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

THREE-YEAR DIPLOMAS

Applicants with three year diplomas and substantial work experience at managerial level (5-7 years) can be considered for entry to a non-business postgraduate degree programme.

 

  • ALL OTHER INSTITUTIONS

If you do not meet the requirement for group 1, 2 or 3 university above then you are not likely to be considered for entry to our courses.

 

Students with Master’s degree may be considered for PhD study.

Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 Year
Course Fee:  17910.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT United Kingdom
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER