The overall aim of this MA is to provide advanced training in applied linguistics or language in education to professionals with language interests, typically language teachers in schools, further and higher education. We aim to provide this training in an integrated manner, both to professionals with interests in UK-based education, and those operating internationally. You will develop a comparative perspective on language education policy and practice; learn the skills needed to challenge professional practice; and undertake research and innovation in a range of applied language fields.
The programme is offered by the Centre for Applied Language Research. Staff contributing to the programme are involved in the direct teaching of English as a foreign language (EFL) and other languages, research and development work in applied linguistics and language learning, as well as sociolinguistics and cultural studies. This blend of theoretical expertise and ongoing practical experience is one of the distinguishing features of our programme.
Graduates of the programme will be equipped with:
a basic expertise in the analysis and description of language
an understanding of current theories of language learning, language use, and language education
a comparative perspective on language education policy and practice
confidence and capacity to challenge professional practice, and undertake improvement-oriented enquiry and innovation
the skills to undertake small-scale applied linguistics research
University of Southampton
International Student Requirements:
All students must satisfy the University's English language requirements. US students who have been taught and assessed in English can be exempted.