MSc in Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field which mediates between the theory of language and the practice of language learning.

It is also an overarching field that includes Second Language Acquisition (SLA), and as such, can shed light on the teaching and learning of a second or foreign language.

The MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition is a popular course which introduces students to key issues within the field of Applied Linguistics with a focus on topics relating to second language learning. The topics represented within the course draw from some of the related disciplines within Applied Linguistics such as Psycholinguistics, Education (Language Teaching/Learning), Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics. The course consists of 6 taught modules and 1 research dissertation. A number of research methods sessions are timetabled through the year and there is also an optional English Language Teaching module.

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The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to reflect and further develop their understanding of both theoretical and practical considerations in the field of language learning and teaching. It encourages students to develop a broad theoretical base reflecting current cutting edge research within Applied Linguistics and related disciplines. Additionally, this course makes links between the different disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of language learning and issues related to language pedagogy.

Students who would be ideally suited to take this course would be those who are:

  • graduates in a discipline related to Applied Linguistics and who wish to further their academic study with a focus on language learning and SLA,
  • graduates of related disciplines who have an interest in the learning and teaching of English and foreign languages,
  • teachers of English as a Second Language and/or Foreign Languages in all phases of education
  • educationalists interested in the study of a second language.

The MSc ALSLA student group (October 2017)

The following are typical dissertations by students on our course:

  • Language-related Challenges that Undergraduate Students Face When Entering English as Medium Instruction (EMI) Universities in Japan (Ikuya Aizawa)
  • The Development of subject pronouns in Greek children learning English as a Foreign language at pre-primary school (Faidra Faitaki)
  • Investigating the influence of storybook type on parent-child interaction during L1 reading: an exploratory study. (Annaliese Bagley)
  • The Effects of Written Input, Audio Input and Explicit Instruction on the Acquisition of Rendaku Knowledge by L2 Learners of Japanese. (Shao Ting Hoong)
  • English as a Lingua Franca: A progression in attitudes towards the phenomenon experienced by English teachers in Germany (Ian Moore)

The University of Oxford and the Department of Education provide a stimulating academic and social environment for study. The department itself is a friendly academic community where research and students are strongly supported.

Tutors currently teaching and supervising on the course are:

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