MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching (English and Chinese) – starting Fall 2018
Richmond University’s MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching aims to provide a high quality professional education. It has been designed to prepare candidates for a career as competent and reflective language teachers/researchers in the UK and internationally.
MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching with its Chinese and English pathways is based upon a 3-CA Principle (Communicative Approach, Contrastive Analysis and Culture Awareness) in language learning and teaching, with emphasis on developing innovative teaching methods and techniques suited to target language learners. The primary focus and strength of this programme is developing knowledge and skills in language teachers so that they can best facilitate the learning of Chinese or English languages.
The programme brings academics, applied linguists, and language teaching practitioners together to offer:
a thorough grounding in theoretical and methodological issues related to the learning and teaching of language,
a firm understanding of the impacts that language policy and technologies have on language learning and teaching,
It is designed to:
equip students with professional language teaching skills and experience that prepare them for a rewarding future career,
develop an enhanced awareness and practical competence in conducting applied research to solve problems encountered in teaching in today’s multilingual societies
Students are encouraged to complete an internship in order to gain more practical skills and to apply their knowledge in the workplace.
The Accredited Internship
The Accredited Internship provides an invaluable opportunity for students to deploy the knowledge and skills learned in courses in a real world setting. Although internship opportunities may exclude direct language teaching in certain sponsoring organisations, all are related to language learning and teaching. Students will be challenged to relate classroom situations to the workplace, make contacts valuable to their future employment prospects, and gain confidence in their capabilities, creativity and communication skills. The Internship is supervised, and students are required to reflect on what they have learned and how it is relevant to what they are doing on the internship programme. Students are assessed through a combination of regular logs, oral presentation and critical reflective writing on their experiences. In an increasingly competitive graduate careers market, internships are an invaluable opportunity that not only supplement the theoretical lessons of the programme but also provide a direct link to careers and further opportunities. The internship is conducted in the Summer months.
One year full-time (FT) programme based in Central London, taught in English.
Integration of theory and practice, with focus on knowledge and competence based skills and techniques in language study, language learning, and language teaching
Taught by leading academics and language practitioners
Contextualised in a small but truly international university community with students and faculties from over 100 countries
A global perspective with American and British education heritage
Opportunity for accredited internship
In partnership with universities and in association with professional language institutions and organisations in the UK and abroad
Small class size and faculty supervision
The MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching aims to deliver a programme that will equip candidates with the following:
a critical understanding of the study of language learning and teaching
a development of their language teaching skills and competences best suitable to the targeted learners.
Effective and reflective language teaching skills to meet the needs that institutions of language provision have, expect and greatly value nowadays, including the ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
a critical approach to complex problems
engagement in applied research designed to foster innovative solutions.
The programme is ideally suited to candidates who have recently completed their undergraduate studies and aspire to be leading professional language practitioners. The programme curriculum covers areas of both the study of language learning and teaching and practical language teaching skills. It includes the development of competences with a knowledge of the language market and an ability to conduct applied research in language. The courses are taught and supervised by leading academics and language practitioners, giving a rich learning and working experience to the students on the programme and making the programme itself distinctive and unique in its own right. The programme will lay a solid foundation enabling quick momentum in candidates to build a future teaching career.
The structure of the MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching is organised as follows:
three core courses in the Fall semester
three core courses in the Spring semester
Internship + Dissertation or Extended Dissertation
(Students who wish to opt out of the summer internship may choose a more extensive dissertation in the Summer semester.)
The MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching dissertation is written over the Summer semester.
LED 7101 (4.000 CREDITS)Language Learning and Language Teaching The course is designed to familiarise the students with developments in theories of language learning and language teaching, most notably the evolution of second language acquisition theories and of language teaching methodologies. The course also examines the main issues in language learning and teaching in the European and global contexts of multilingualism and plurilingualism, the roles of teachers and learners, Chinese and English as International languages and lingua francas, as well as awareness of how such developments can contribute to learning and teaching practices.
LED 7102 (4.000 CREDITS)Course Design, Development and Assessment This course prepares students to become professionals with leadership qualities in language education by developing knowledge and skills in designing and developing effective language courses and curricula that meet the needs of learners in an age of multilingualism and plurilingualism. The course covers curriculum design and development in the context of linguistic theory, changing learning environments and the need for intercultural communication competence. It examines the development of learning and teaching materials. It explores techniques and strategies of language assessment, taking into consideration the main frameworks of standards in Chinese and English and the development of intercultural communication competence.
LED 7103 (4.000 CREDITS)Chinese/English Language and Teaching I The course forms a first stage of language teaching programme with a possible exit award of Postgraduate Certificate. The course content consists of three key elements: linguistic concepts and strata of analysis, analysis of the target language in the learning context, and teaching observation and peer teaching practice with an emphasis on the delivery of specific aspects of language in typical learning environments. These are examined in the context of different languages. The focus of the course is on the development of knowledge and skills in the analysis of language and competence in the delivery of planned and prepared teaching.
LED 7104 (4.000 CREDITS)Chinese/English Language and Teaching II The course builds on LED 7103 by examining language and teaching at a more advanced theoretical level. It is the second stage of language teaching programme with a possible exit award of Postgraduate Diploma. The course consists of three key elements: firstly in-depth understanding of the schools of linguistics and applied linguistics, secondly their implications for the teaching and learning of languages in terms of curricula design, teaching materials and classroom practices and procedures and thirdly the development of teaching practice informed by theory. The course explores the interface between linguistic theory and language teaching and learning. Students develop their professional teaching skills in the target language in the context of a strong theoretical base, with the inter-cultural awareness and competence needed for language teaching in a multilingual world.
LED 7105 (4.000 CREDITS)Language Policies, Markets and Technologies The course is designed to develop a deep and systematic understanding of the development of language policies in a multilingual age. It investigates issues of the provision of language services in the contexts of national and international markets and the deployment of technologies in language learning and teaching. The course also aims to develop understanding of pathways to influencing language policies and the effective application of modern technologies leading to more effective management and delivery of language programmes.
LED 7106 (4.000 CREDITS)Research in Language Learning and Pedagogy The course is designed to develop a deep and systematic understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches to research in language studies and language pedagogy and their impact on the interpretations of knowledge of the field. Students will critically apply advanced skills to conduct their own research in the field and understand the relationship between theoretical research and practical applications in language learning and teaching. They will develop the expertise to carry out problem based applied research in professional context.
LED 7107 (4.000 CREDITS)Graduate Internship This course consists of a work placement of between three to five days a week over a period of between nine and thirteen weeks (depending on the requirements of the host organisation). Students will be placed in an organisation where they will be able to participate in graduate level experiential learning in order to develop the practical skills and professional experience which will prepare them for employment in the field of language teaching and language teaching management. For MA in Language Teaching, internship opportunities may exclude direct language teaching in certain sponsoring organisations but are all related to language learning and teaching. Placements are supervised, career-related work experiences combined with reflective, academic study that help students ‘learn by doing’. During the internship, the staff of the Internship Office and the MA internship faculty supervisor work closely with each student and with the organisation to ensure that the placement is a successful one.
LED 7108 (8.000 CREDITS)Research Thesis This course supports students in the production of a 10,000 to 12,000 word dissertation. Students intensively study a topic, agreed with a supervisor, which applies theory to practical and professional contexts, thus further developing skills and experience which can be applied in work placements or in further graduate work. All stages of the research and writing are overseen by a thesis supervisor. Collaborative and supportive dialogue with the supervisor and with peer research colleagues will involve advice on the research and writing process, suggestions for resources and research directions, and comments on draft chapters of the thesis.
LED 7109 (12.000 CREDITS)Extended Research Thesis Students may elect to produce an extended thesis of 15,000-20,000 words as an alternative to the internship. This course supports students in the production of this thesis. Students intensively study a topic, agreed with a supervisor, which applies theory to practical and professional contexts, thus further developing skills and experience which can be applied in work placements or in further graduate work. All stages of the research and writing are overseen by a thesis supervisor. Collaborative and supportive dialogue with the supervisor and with peer research colleagues will involve advice on the research and writing process, suggestions for resources and research directions, and comments on draft chapters of the thesis.
This programme has been recently introduced, so graduate destination information is not yet available. However, it is anticipated that graduates will be in demand as the programme is one of the very few in the market that focus on combining a critical and sound linguistic knowledge with practical competences and skills in teaching Chinese and English language with their clear target learners in mind.
Richmond, The American International University in London
Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)
One year full-time, September to September.
Kensington Campus. Additionally, off-site locations are used in London as part of the practical element of the programme.
Application deadline Students who require a visa to study in the UK should apply by 1st July. UK or EU nationals should apply by 1st August.
Entry requirements US Bachelors degree from an accredited institution, or UK first degree with minimum second class honours, or an overseas equivalent as determined by the University. Relevant work experience is welcomed and may on occasion be accepted in lieu of a first degree, but is not required. Students who are neither nationals of a majority English speaking country, nor have completed a full programme equivalent to a UK first degree taught within such a country, proof of English language proficiency is required (see postgraduate admission). Students who apply for the Chinese pathway but are neither nationals of a Chinese speaking country or region, nor have completed a full programme in Chinese equivalent to a UK first degree taught in a recognised university outside such a country, should normally have achieved at least HSK 5 and HSKK Intermediate level.
US Bachelors degree from an accredited institution, or UK first degree with minimum second class honours, or an overseas equivalent as determined by the University. Relevant work experience is welcomed and may on occasion be accepted in lieu of a first degree, but is not required. Students who are neither nationals of a majority English speaking country, nor have completed a full programme equivalent to a UK first degree taught within such a country, proof of English language proficiency is required (see postgraduate admission). Students who apply for the Chinese pathway but are neither nationals of a Chinese speaking country or region, nor have completed a full programme in Chinese equivalent to a UK first degree taught in a recognised university outside such a country, should normally have achieved at least HSK 5 and HSKK Intermediate level.
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