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 highly skilled 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 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 MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching aims to deliver a programme that will equip candidates with the following:
- Gain understanding of the impacts that language policy and technologies have on language learning and teaching
- Equip 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 and blend of different communities
- Understand the study of language learning and teaching
- Develop of their language teaching skills and competences best suitable to the targeted learners
- Engage in applied research designed to foster innovative solutions
Optional 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 and lasts for a minimum of 5 weeks.
Top 5 Reasons to Study MA Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching
- An optional integrated internship and research that directly pertains to this programme and will help you better prepare for the professional sphere
- Be awarded two degree certificates: a US accredited and UK degree upon successful completion of the course that will be valuable to future employers
- Small class sizes (10 person class on average), high contact hours with professors and academic advisers
- Access to a central London location that is at the hub of International development and strong influence of Asian communities
- You will learn how to teach, communicate, and analyse under experts in the linguistics and respective language fields
A first degree in any discipline with a minimum classification of 2.1 (Upper Second Class Honours) or its international equivalent
☐ IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
☐ TOEFL (IBT) 87 overall with: Listening 21, Reading 22, Writing 21, Speaking 23
☐ Pearsons Academic Test of English (PTE) 62
☐ Cambridge English: Proficiency – Level C2 or Level C1