Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching MA is for experienced teachers wanting to extend their knowledge and understanding of current research, theory, pedagogy and practice in ELT.

The course offers you an excellent opportunity to further your career in ELT and develop expertise in specialist fields such as language assessment and testing, materials development, teaching EAP, management and evaluation and ESOL.

Please note that we also offer an additional version of the Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching MA. This route involves a slightly different programme of study and leads to the award of the Cambridge Delta, as well as the MA itself for successful candidates.

Key benefits

  • Opportunities to expand your knowledge of current theoretical and practical aspects of language teaching.
  • Excellent tutorial support and extensive programme-specific training in research methods and academic writing.
  • Exchange ideas with other experienced language teaching professionals from many different linguistic and cultural contexts.
  • Opportunities to develop professional expertise relevant to your career development in areas, including EAP, materials development, language testing and assessment, teacher education.

Who should take this course

A 2:1 class honours degree is usually required in a relevant subject (including, but not limited to, a modern foreign language, English, Education, Linguistics, etc.). If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip).



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180-195 credits.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Linguistic Analysis for Language Teaching (30 credits)
  • Principles and Practices in Second/Foreign Language Teaching (30 credits) [fast track students exempt from this module]

Second/Additional Language Acquisition (15 credits):

  • Research Methods and Dissertation in Applied Linguistics/Language Learning and Teaching (60 credits)
  • Sociolinguistics (15 credits)

Optional Modules:

You will take an additional 30-45 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include modules from the list below, and may include a maximum of 40 credits from language/linguistics-related modules from other programmes at King's College London, at the discretion of the Programme Director.

  • English for Academic Purposes (15 credits)
  • Language Assessment (15 credits)
  • Materials Development in English Language Teaching (15 credits)
  • Teacher Education (15 credits)
  • The Digital ELT Classroom (15 credits)
  • Multilingualism, Migration & Diversity (15 credits)
  • Corpora for ELT (15 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning Pragmatics (15 credits)


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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