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Linguistics with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Available from our partner institution, the University of Limerick. More information here.

Linguistics with TESOL can be taken as part of the MIC Arts Degree as a joint honours combination.

About you
You are fascinated by all aspects of human language and communication; you are interested in finding out where language comes from and how we acquire it, how language changes over time, how it varies between people and between places, and between different genders and generations. You are keen to explore the role of language in wider society, and to learn how languages work in contact and competition with each other.

Why Study Linguistics with TESOL?
The Linguistics and TESOL section is located in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics. All members of staff are highly research active, and there is a close alignment between research and teaching expertise. Particular features of the Linguistics with TESOL pathway include:
• foundation modules in linguistics and sociolinguistics (language in society) in your first year to give you a thorough introduction to the subject;
• modules on researching language in your second and third years, which will equip you with the tools to carry out research and analysis on a variety of types of language and texts;
• specialist modules covering topics such as: language and technology; language policy and politics; Irish-English; multilingualism; language and globalisation; and media discourse analysis;
• training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in a specialised suite of three modules.

What you will study
Linguistics is the study of language, and language is how we get things done in the world. The focus is on sociolinguistics, which is concerned with the role of language in society. You will start in first year with more general, introductory modules and work your way towards more specialised modules in your final semesters:
• Year 1: Introduction to Linguistics; Introduction to Sociolinguistics;
• Year 2: How to research language (carrying out and designing research studies); Language and Society in Ireland; Language Technology;
• Year 3: How to analyse language data (corpus methods, discourse analysis, ethnographic methods, conversation analysis); TESOL 1 OR optional modules in Language and Culture.
• Year 4: Multilingualism in a Globalising World; Language Policy, Politics and Power. TESOL 2 & 3 OR optional modules in Language and Culture.

Career Opportunities
Studying linguistics opens the door to a whole range of careers, as expertise in language and communication is in very high demand across almost all sectors and professions. Here are some examples:
• Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
• Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Masters required)
• Forensic linguistics
• Language consultancy (surveys and testing)
• Lexicography (development of dictionaries)
• Linguistic analysis for digital media companies
• Media, journalism and publishing
• Advertising and PR
• Information Technology Sector
• Research and teaching in further and higher education

Follow-on study opportunities include:
• MA / Structured PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages)
• MSc Speech and Language Therapy
• Structured PhD in Applied Languages
• MA Journalism (with Grad Dip option)
• MA Technical Communication and eLearning

Additional information

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
E: Arts@ul.ie
T: +353 61 202286

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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