Kent’s MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) provides teachers with advanced knowledge of linguistics and language pedagogy, informed by research and scholarship, to enhance, develop and inform an understanding of language learning and classroom practice.
The programme is offered by the Department of English Language & Linguistics, and benefits from staff expertise in areas of linguistics that inform classroom practice (such as syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics and phonetics), raising awareness of these fields and applying them to TESOL. Students gain an understanding of the theory, methodology and interdisciplinary nature of TESOL, as well as a firm foundation in linguistics.
Practical teaching opportunities are a feature of the programme, including teaching to peer groups and international students. There is also the opportunity to observe language classes.
Students begin by studying eight modules across the Autumn and Spring terms, before writing a 12,000-word dissertation or teaching portfolio over the summer, supervised by an expert in the department.
The programme is an ideal for teachers aiming to improve their understanding and abilities in communicating across the barriers of language and those who wish to build an international dialogue.
Knowledge and understanding
- Terminology as required for linguistic description, theory and explanation and as applied to TESOL
- The interdisciplinary nature of TESOL
- The description and organisation of sound systems, i.e. phonetics and phonology and as applied to TESOL
- The structure of individual words and sentences, i.e. morphology and syntax and as applied to TESOL
- The way meanings are generated, i.e. semantics and pragmatics and as applied to TESOL
- Language varieties, styles and registers and their impact on TESOL
- First and second language acquisition and its impact on TESOL
- Teaching methods, strategies and techniques for TESOL
- Needs analysis for TESOL
- Syllabus design for TESOL
- Selection, design and use of materials for TESOL
- A knowledge and understanding of methodologies and techniques which are applicable to research in areas of applied linguistics and TESOL
- Consider and reflect on research in the fields of applied linguistics and TESOL
- Critically analyse the theories, principles, methodologies, practices, strategies, techniques in TESOL in the light of research in the fields of applied linguistics and synthesise information from a number of primary and secondary sources to formulate arguments, make sound judgements or propose new hypotheses
- Interpret, analyse and evaluate teaching and learning materials, language production and language use in the light of relevant theories, frameworks and cultural context.
- Reflect on past and current learning and past and current classroom practice
- Apply linguistic and TESOL theories to create or interpret knowledge and experience in the discipline to enhance classroom practice
- Select and design language teaching and learning materials appropriate to students’ level, interests and learning context
- Design research tools appropriate for collecting and analysing data in areas of applied linguistics and TESOL
- Plan, design and conduct an independent research project in areas of applied linguistics and TESOL
- Communication: presenting complex ideas clearly in both written and oral English
- Teamwork: effective interaction in pairs and groups, exercising personal responsibility and the appropriate decision-making skills
- Time management: students will manage time, prioritise tasks and adhere to deadlines
- Problem solving in a variety of contexts
- IT: high level of competence in information processing using relevant databases and online research
- Provide TESOL practitioners with advanced knowledge of linguistics related to language pedagogy, informed by research and scholarship, which will enhance, develop and inform their understanding of language learning and classroom practice.
- To produce graduates who will contribute locally, nationally and internationally to the TESOL community.
- To prepare students to be more effective in the TESOL classroom.
- To provide students with teaching and training which is informed by research, scholarship, practice and experience.