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Main Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece

Applied Linguistics with TESOL - MA

Degree title: Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics with TESOL.
The title is awarded directly by the University of Sheffield.
Duration: 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time)
Mode of delivery: Weekends
Language of instruction: English

Why choose this course?

  • Degree from one of the world’s top 100 universities, the University of Sheffield.
     
  • Advanced training in a variety of Applied Linguistics sub-discipline. Particular emphasis on Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to speakers of other languages.
     
  • Project-based and research-led learning through individual or collaborative student projects.
     
  • Offers access to a variety of career paths. Graduates may pursue a career in media, publishing, advertising, research, or management positions in international corporations and many more.
     
  • A wide range of assessment methods: unseen examinations, demo teaching, projects, essays, quizzes, presentations, reflective reports, screencasts, portfolios of exercises, etc.
     
  • Dedicated and passionate staff members with research activity on the fields of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching-TESOL, Literary and Translation Studies.
     
  • Ample opportunities for hands-on practice in classroom / workshops​. 
     
  • A multi-purpose learning space with a library section of more than 8,500 titles exclusively on English language topics.
     
  • Student participation in conferences, research and publications, with staff members’ support and contribution.
     
  • Cutting-edge IT labs fully equipped for language research projects with specialised software (Phonetics, Corpus Linguistics, Translation and Subtitling, Research Methods and Statistics, among others).
     
  • Access to relevant Electronic Databases and Journals.
     
  • Sheffield University position in UK University ranking in Linguistics (2nd for 2016-17)

More reasons why:

 

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The MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL is a postgraduate programme with particular emphasis on Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. The programme is addressed to people with a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, including educators, both from public and private sector, writers, teacher trainers, researchers in the field of second language acquisition, advertisers, etc. The programme combines current theory and practice in language teaching and language learning, helping students to relate course input to their individual contexts of professional practice. Moreover, it provides students with advanced training in a variety of Applied Linguistics sub-disciplines, offering them the opportunity to undertake small-scale applied linguistics research.

 

Entry requirements

View the application and admission requirements of the programme

 

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this programme you may view details of the application process.

 

Any questions?

For further information about the English Studies programmes, application process and admissions requirements, please contact: acadreg@citycollege.sheffield.eu

 

The MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL is a modular course. Over two semesters (from October until June) students attend a total of eight modules. During the summer months, (June-October), students work on their MA Dissertation.

If a student does not wish to do the Dissertation, they may obtain a Diploma in Applied Linguistics with TESOL, by completing the eight taught modules.

 

Curriculum*

Language and Linguistics
Language Teaching Methodology
Issues in Second Language Acquisition
Corpora in Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Intercultural Communication
Research Methods
Dissertation

And one of the following two Courses:

EFL Classroom Observed Practice or
Management for Language Professionals

 

 

Assessment Methods

Written assignments, projects, unseen examinations, student presentations, teaching practice.

 

 

Language and Linguistics
This module encompasses the core areas of linguistic study. Students examine formal linguistics in depth and from a critical perspective, covering notions and implications in the following areas: phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Also, the fields of neurolinguistics and computational linguistics are explored. Particular emphasis is placed on developing students’ ability to apply linguistic categories and techniques to the description of English and other languages, and to identify solutions of specific language issues. Back to top

Language Teaching Methodology
This module reviews the principles, thinking and history underlying contemporary language teaching practices. It explores the processes involved in language production and reception from the perspective of second or foreign language teaching, as well as the implications involved for teaching both receptive and productive language skills. Moreover, it presents and assesses developments in the teaching of the grammar and vocabulary of English as a foreign language, and touches upon methods of classroom-based assessment and principles of language course design. Back to top

Issues in Second Language Acquisition
This course provides an in-depth overview of the most current research trends on Second Language Acquisition (SLA), through the main theories and the most significant research findings. It also offers students the opportunity to critically evaluate theoretical models and hypotheses by applying them to the analysis of real data produced by second language learners. Moreover, it familiarizes students with relevant methodological and practical aspects associated with the experimental research design. Back to top

Corpora in Applied Linguistics
Following the dynamic and challenging advances in Computer Science, corpora have become a powerful tool both for linguists and English language teachers. This course aims at introducing students in the recently emergent subdiscipline of computer corpora. Students gain theoretical knowledge and understanding of issues related to the history, the types and the development of corpora. During the practical sessions, they also experience hands-on practice exploring a wide variety of applications that corpora may have as a linguistic, learning and teaching resource.Back to top

Discourse Analysis
The course provides an overview of Discourse Analysis, including definitions of the area, its breadth of application, and in particular, its relevance to language teaching. It examines the central concepts of role or context in interpretation; creating coherence; genre and register; discourse markers; as well as text and cohesion. In terms of written discourse, text structure, intertextuality, thematisation and shaping are explored; the implication of these in the teaching of both Reading and Writing are also considered. In terms of spoken discourse, Conversational Principles, Speech Act theory, Cooperative Principles, narrative structure and politeness are explored, and their implication in the teaching of conversation is considered. The course also considers the topics of Discourse and Gender, Conversational Analysis, and Critical Discourse Analysis.Back to top

Intercultural Communication
This course offers students a critical introduction to Intercultural Communication. The unit is organised around three basic axes: key concepts and dominant theoretical models in intercultural communication, certain ‘macro’ sociolinguistic issues that underpin Intercultural Communication, and a ‘micro’ approach examining intercultural communication from a discourse-pragmatics perspective as meaning-in-interaction. Students are offered ample opportunities for considering the implications of the above models and issues during tutorials and group discussion sessions. Back to top

Research Methods
This course has been designed to equip students with the essential practical and theoretical foundations necessary for independent postgraduate research in all areas of Applied Linguistics. It offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of key research practices, examining issues basically on research design, research ethics, data collection, and data analysis. Examples of good practice, as well as potential practical and theoretical problems are explored, in a range of research contexts related to the field of linguistics. Students receive systematic and ongoing practical training in a variety of research methods and the corresponding tools, and are also encouraged to reflect critically on their own research practices.Back to top

Dissertation
Students in the final section of their postgraduate studies write a dissertation on a topic relevant to their Programme of studies. The topic should have a well-justified connection with one or more of the main components of Applied Linguistics or TESOL that they have studied. Also, students are expected to exploit the knowledge and skills previously acquired in Research Methods, in an attempt to investigate an issue or hypothesis. The dissertation normally takes one of the following two forms: i) a small-scale piece of research, or ii) the design of the component of a language teaching course along with sample teaching material.Back to top

EFL Classroom Observed Practice
This course builds on the Language Teaching Methodology unit. Having been equipped with the theoretical background of the principles underlying teaching English as a foreign language, in their Observed Teaching Practice postgraduate students are offered the opportunity to enhance and implement their teaching skills. Prior to students’ allocation to a specific class, sessions emphasize on linking theory to practice, in terms of methodological issues related to teaching at a foreign language school. For the needs of the course, students are expected to work closely with the module tutor and the actual teacher of their prospective class, and during their practice to create gradually a Teaching Practice Portfolio. Back to top

Management for Language Professionals
This unit aims to familiarise students with the basic principles of management, as well as the tools and techniques to implement them in a workplace related to Foreign language education. Individuals working in organizations in the twenty-first century have a greater need than ever for effective management skills. Gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage as the owner of a foreign language school, or being a member of the workforce in such an institution, necessitates an awareness of strategic organisational issues aligned with employee performance systems. Students attending this course have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the basic management functions (i.e. planning, organizing, leading and controlling) to be implemented in their professional life.Back to top

Our students become highly-qualified English language teachers, or they can pursue a career in media, publishing, advertising, research, or management positions in international corporations. Our graduates may also continue their studies at PhD level.

Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre

The Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre, focuses on helping students to set attainable career goals. It offers advice on CVs and cover letters, and on how to effectively handle job interviews. Through career fairs, and different internship programmes, the department aims at constantly bringing students in contact with prospective employers. 

Every spring we organize the Annual Career Fair presenting with an opportunity to get a first feel of job seeking. During the event students and alumni have interview opportunities with corporate recruiters and present their skills and abilities to potential employers. Large companies, organisations and multinationals from different industries across S.E. Europe participate every year in our Career Fair and offer employment and internship opportunities to our students and graduates.
More about our Career Services.

Contact the Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre at careers@citycollege.sheffield.eu

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