The course is aimed primarily at Language Teachers and other language professionals. The Masters in Applied Linguistics aims to provide a broad-based course of study in language description (language systems: grammar, lexis and phonology), theories of Applied Linguistics, theories of Second Language Acquisition, frameworks for the study of discourse, sociolinguistics, as well as specialist research skills for the empirical analysis of language in context. While its main focus is on the use and teaching of the English language in a global context, it will address a national and international need for professional development among language teachers and language professionals.
To offer the optimum flexibility, the course is offered in three possible delivery formats: face-to-face on campus, fully online or blended (a combination of face-to-face and online delivery).
Typically, the course will run over three 12 week semesters. Typically, Semesters 1 and 2 will each have four taught modules (lectures and course work). Semester 3 will be dedicated to the writing of a dissertation. The three semesters can be taken back-to-back in one calendar year (September – August), using the summer period for the dissertation module. Alternatively, the course can be taken over one and a half years. Part-time options are also available. Each module will involve ongoing assessment, such as essays and oral presentations. For those students opting for the blended and online delivery formats, the assessments will have online options for completion.
The course lecturers include internationally renowned
Dr Anne O’Keeffe
Dr Brian Clancy(both from Mary Immaculate). The course will also include guest webinars by
Prof. Michael McCarthy,
Dr. Scott Thornbury,
Prof. Steve Walsh,
Dr Ivor Timmis
, and others.
Course Fees: Information about fees can be found on our
'How to Apply' page
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How can the MA in Applied Linguistics at MIC benefit primary school teachers?
The aims of the MA in Applied Linguistics are to:
Enhance the professional knowledge of Language Teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language (grammar, lexis and phonology.
Develop participants’ ability to utilise theoretical frameworks for the analysis of discourse to enhance their ability to address specific language-related real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language.
Provide a broad understanding of the key issues and debates in language teaching and learning.
Develop specialist skills in the empirical analysis of language in context using corpus linguistics.
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Typically the following entry requirements will apply:
* A 2.2 honours primary degree, plus two years’ experience in Language Teaching, publishing or translation, or related fields.
* Relevant prior experience in Language Teaching, publishing or translation, or related fields considered on a case-by-case basis
In the case of non-native speakers of English, an English Language competency equivalent to an IELTS level 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any one component is required. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.