This course will provide you with the tools to describe language from various analytical perspectives and with insight and training in various branches of applied linguistics. A further component of the course relates to the development of research skills in terms of methodological training for conducting research in this field. There will be a number of invited guest speakers who are international specialists in their field, and who reflect student interests in a particular year. A thesis component allows specialisation on a research topic of specific interest to you.
While previous study of linguistics is not required, the course will specifically interest you if you are a language graduate or have an interest in a language-related career, such as language teaching, journalism, communications, media, speech and language therapy.
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This one-year MA course will appeal to a wide range of people, including present and future language teachers, and those interested in the various areas of linguistics.
In the first semester, students are introduced to the basics of linguistics, including
- phonetics and phonology
- morphology and syntax
- pragmatics and semantics
The second semester offers modules in areas of specialisation, i.e.
- teaching and learning of language, literature and culture
- second language acquisition
- historical linguistics
- language and identity
- translation and self-translation
- language teaching and post-colonialism.
The course begins in the second week of September, with course teaching ending in early April. You submit your thesis in early October. The course involves attendance at lectures and seminars, the writing of course papers and completion of other assessed tasks.
AL6010 Research Dissertation
AL6011 Aspects of Applied Linguistics
AL6012 Aspects of Linguistic Theory
AL6013 Areas of Specialisation in Applied Linguistics
The range of module topics on offer is subject to staff availability.
The modules are complemented by a number of seminars on research methods in applied linguistics, as well as guest lectures by international specialists in the field.
Among former guest speakers were:
David Crystal (University of Wales, Bangor),
Ruth Wodak (University of Lancaster),
Christoph SchrÃ¶der (University of Potsdam),
Wilfried StÃ¶tting (University of Oldenburg),
Jeff Kallen (Trinity College Dublin),
Fiona Gibbon (University College Cork),
Carmen Munoz (University of Barcelona),
Richard Towell (University of Salford),
and Anne O'Keeffee (University of Limerick).
For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar
Course Code: CKE01 Full-time
Course Title: Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE: EUR 6,000
2016 Entry Requirements: In order to be admitted to the MA in Applied Linguistics, a candidate must have a 2.1 BA (Hons) Degree which includes a language. For all applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no individual section lower than 5.5) or TOEFL equivalent is required. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
The course generally includes three two-hour weekly lectures and seminars led by different members of the lecturing team. Individual supervision is provided for the purposes of the minor thesis component through regular meetings between you and your supervisor. The course teaching is complemented by recommended reading lists provided by individual lecturers.
The course is assessed by assignments in various forms such as practical exercises, oral presentations and essays. A minor thesis is also a requirement.
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
Please note you will be required to answera specific additional supplementary question as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of this additional/supplementary question is available to view here:CKE01AdditionalQuestions (5kB)