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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Linguistics and English Language Teaching

Programme code:MA-LINGE/12MUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Diane Nelson Contact

This programme is available part-time. Please contact the Programme Manager for further information.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Department of Linguistics and Phonetics

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Department of Linguistics and Phonetics committee of examiners

Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should:
- appreciate the contribution to academic and intellectual culture made by the discipline of Linguistics;
- understand the main principles behind linguistic theorising;
- be able to evaluate specific claims put forward by linguists in terms of how those claims are developed and formulated, and how they relate to the discipline as a whole;
- understand the relevance of Linguistics to the practice and methodology of language teaching, with a particular focus on teaching English.

The programme will:
- consolidate students' grounding in general linguistics, the structural analysis of language and the physical analysis of speech sounds;
- enable students to make connections between theory and practice, as they come to understand differences within the range of theories of language and language development and as they derive specific implications from different theories to the language classroom;
- enable students to explore additional subjects through optional modules;
- provide training in research methods and in the associated skills which will enable students to plan, execute and write up a personal research project in a chosen subdiscipline of Linguistics.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:
Note that students are required to pass either LING5400M or LING5410M.

LING5350MDissertation (Linguistics and Phonetics)30 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
LING5400MFoundations of Phonetics and Phonology15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LING5410MFoundations of Syntax15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LING5440MApproaches to Linguistics and Language Acquisition
Pre-requisite for: LING5450M, LING5460M
30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LING5450MMethodology in Language Teaching15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LING5460MLanguage Teaching in Practice15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LING5470MAcademic Skills in Linguistics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LING5480MResearch Methods in Linguistics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from one of the following optional modules:

LING5241MPragmatics30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LING5290MSecond Language Acquisition30 creditsNot running in 202021
LING5420MTopics in Phonetics and Phonology15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LING5430MTopics in Syntax15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Last updated: 30/06/2020 18:55:51


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