University of Oxford

Degree level: Postgraduate

Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (Taught)

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Course summary

The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2022). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via The MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching is a degree aimed at professionals of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or modern foreign languages, which is taught primarily via distance/online learning. This innovative two-year part-time course offers a cutting-edge introduction to the linguistic and pedagogic knowledge needed for teaching language. While the concepts covered in the course can be applied to all languages in most contexts, there is a strong opportunity for students to specialise in the teaching of English language in university settings. A low-residency course, it is characterised by intense online interaction and feedback, using a range of communication media. Its small-group teaching format pursues the Oxford tradition of demanding much of students and giving them much in return. The course is taught over two academic years, preceded by a week’s residential module in Oxford. Numbers on the course are kept low, to ensure quality of teaching and learning. There are three summative modules per year, spread over two eight-week terms from October to April. Students are expected to spend up to 20 hours per week on the course during term time, engaging in independent reading, online discussions, group work, listening to webinars, and writing review and reflection papers. In the third term of each year (May to July), students work on a dissertation project, under the supervision of a member of the applied linguistics group. In addition to these assessed modules, students take two formative modules. The modules are the following:

  • Induction (formatively assessed residential module)
  • Learning and teaching vocabulary
  • Materials and assessment in language teaching
  • Sociolinguistics and language teaching
  • Individual and group differences in language teaching
  • Listening and reading processes in language learning
  • Developing second language speaking and writing
  • Research Methods (formatively assessed module)
  • Dissertation.
As a part-time student you will be required to participate in online weekly classes, seminars, and other academic tasks during term time. With the exception of an induction module, all coursework is delivered in an asynchronous format, so there will be flexibility in the dates and pattern of participation each week to fit into your work schedule. Attendance, either in-person or online, will be required for a one-week induction module, which is held prior to commencement of the course, usually in late August. There will be flexibility in supervision for the dissertation, which will take place either in-person or online. You will have the opportunity to tailor your part-time study in liaison with your supervisor and course director. Supervision For this course, the allocation of graduate supervision is the responsibility of the Department of Education and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Department of Education. Students may expect 10 hours of contact time with their supervisors over the course of the programme. The specific timing and number of meetings may vary somewhat according to the nature and requirements of a student’s dissertation project. Generally, supervision meetings will begin in Trinity Term of the first year and will continue throughout the second year of study. Assessment Students will complete six modules each assessed by submitted assignments, and a dissertation on a topic selected by the student and approved by the supervisor.

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