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MAApplied Linguistics

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Applied linguistics addresses real-life language problems through insights gained from current linguistic theory, psychology and education.

Our MA is designed for people who want to know more about how foreign or second languages (particularly English) are learned, and how different kinds of classroom practice might affect proficiency. You explore different approaches to understanding language and language acquisition, and the methods that can be used to investigate language learning and teaching.

You can choose areas of special study from a wide range of options, including:

- Teaching speaking and listening skills to language learners
- Psychological factors in second language learning
- Computer-assisted language-learning
- Literature and language-learning
- Age and bilingual development

We are one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the world, a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, placing us firmly within the top 10 departments in the UK and among the top 150 departments on the planet (QS World University Rankings 2016).

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

Programme structure

Year 1

MA Dissertation
Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation
Language Learning
Research Methods I
Research Methods II
Advanced Phonology (optional)
First Language Acquisition (optional)
Phonological Development (optional)
Second Language Vocabulary: Learning, Teaching and Use (optional)
Topics in the Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching (optional)
Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics Theory (optional)
American Languages (optional)
Varieties of English (optional)
Sentence Processing (optional)
Language Rights (optional)
Semantics (optional)
Literature and Language Teaching (optional)
English Syntax 1 (optional)
Description of Language for TEFL/ELT and Applied Linguistics (optional)
Individual Differences in L2 Learning (optional)
Syntactic Theory I (optional)
Variationist Sociolinguistic Theory (optional)
Experimental Design and Analysis (optional)
Materials Design and Evaluation (optional)
Sociolinguistic Methods 1: Data Collection (optional)
English Syntax 2 (optional)
Syntactic Theory II (optional)
Teaching, Listening and Speaking (optional)
Sociocultural Linguistics (optional)
The Role of Age in Bilingual Development (optional)
Variation in English II (optional)
Sociolinguistic Methods: Data Coding and Analysis (optional)
Graduate Research Assignment (optional)
Language Attrition (optional)
Teaching Practice I (optional)
Approaches, Methods and Teacher Development for TEFL/TESOL (optional)
Language in Context: From Pragmatics to Conversation Analysis (optional)
Teaching Reading and Writing in TEFL/TESOL (optional)
Intercultural Communication: communicating across languages and cultures (optional)

Career opportunities

Our course can lead to careers in areas such as academic research, publishing, journalism, administration, public service and teaching. You develop key employability skills including research design, data analysis, thinking analytically, report writing and public speaking.

Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we also offer supervision for PhD and MPhil. We offer supervision in areas including language acquisition, language learning and language teaching, culture and communication, psycholinguistics, language disorders, sociolinguistics, and theoretical and descriptive linguistics.

Our graduates are successful in a wide variety of career paths. They leave Essex with a unique set of skills and experience that are in demand by employers.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States