Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching (Jan Start)

Postgraduate Certificate ( 6 months Full-time )


There is an increasing demand for teachers of English worldwide and native English speaking teachers no longer dominate the sector. The Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching programme is aimed at students with little or no teaching experience, who want to improve their understanding of linguistics as applied to English Language teaching.

This course will enable you to join the English language teaching community around the world in higher education, in private language schools and colleges, and, with an appropriate teaching qualification (dependent upon the regulations of the country in which you wish to teach), you may also be able teach in state schools.

On this course, you will learn the basic methods and theories of language teaching and language learning, which will provide a base from which you can then specialise in a number of areas according to your interests: optional modules allow you to specialise in curriculum design and materials evaluation, to focus on educational technologies and software, to explore the teaching of English in professional and academic contexts, or, for those with a non-language undergraduate degree, to work on some of the fundamentals of English language, grammar and vocabulary.

  • You will be encouraged to reflect on language learning strategies, in a real context, by becoming a learner yourself: as part of the programme, you are required to learn a foreign language for one semester.
  • You will be provided with opportunities to observe experienced English language teachers teaching in real classroom situations, and to reflect on best practice.
  • You will receive a thorough grounding in the theoretical aspects of language teaching and learning.
  • You will have opportunities to apply these theories by micro-teaching in a peer based environment.

Why study Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching with us?

Queen Mary consistently ranks highly in the National Student Survey. In 2011, our undergraduate language courses were ranked in the top ten across the country for overall student satisfaction. In addition:

  • You will have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular events both in the College and in London; this includes a series of guest lectures from English Language Teaching professionals, the Language Centre Reading Group, and participation in BALEAP (the Global forum for professionals involved in English for Academic Purposes).
  • You will obtain a University of London degree from a prestigious Russell Group institution, recognised internationally as a guarantee of quality.
  • All your lecturers in this programme are also practitioner teachers and therefore you will benefit from the most up-to-date expertise in English language teaching.

You will profit from London's international English-speaking environment to perfect your own language skills and to interact with students and staff in an exciting multicultural environment.


You will have access to postgraduate only facilities which include the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre dedicated solely to the use of graduate students, with the use of a common room and interdisciplinary training workshops. The Learning Resource Centre has 200 networked PCs with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You can also make use of Queen Mary's comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

You also have free access to the superb collections of the University of London Library at Senate House, such as the Eliot Phelips Collection of early printed Spanish books. The many other specialist libraries of the institution, such as the libraries of the British Film Institute, the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes or the social sciences library at the LSE, provide additional breadth. The incomparable resources of the British Library are close at hand, while London’s cultural resources facilitate research in our specialist fields.

Multimedia Language Resource Centre

You will have access to the Language Learning Centre, which has three computerised multimedia language learning laboratories. Each is equipped with Televic AVIDA net Tenjin systems, satellite TV at every workstation and Smart board interactive whiteboards. The Centre also has two mini labs equipped with similar systems, which are ideal for small group tutorial work and intensive practice. This hi-tech teaching facility is here to support you in your language teaching and learning and also provides a multimedia self-access centre where you can pursue your own learning goals.

Graduate students can also attend interdisciplinary training workshops offered throughout the year by the Faculty, on such topics as writing journal articles, research ethics, preparing for an academic career, enterprise skills, and knowledge transfer.


Programme structure

The PG Certificate in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching (60 credits) is currently available for one semester full-time study, or one year part-time study.

To complete the 60 credits, students must choose ONE compulsory module (30 credits) and may choose from the other compulsory module (30 credits) or two optional modules (15 credits each) to complete their study.

If you study in the Full Time mode of one semester, you may choose to do Semester 1 or Semester 2.

If you study the part time mode, you must begin in Semester 1 and complete at the end of Semester 2 in the same year.

In Semester 1: you may choose either the compulsory module (30 credits) OR two optional modules (15 credits each)

In Semester 2: if you chose the two optional modules in Semester 1, you must study the compulsory module in Semester 2; if you chose the compulsory module in Semester 1, you may choose either the compulsory module in Semester 2 or two optional modules.

Compulsory modules

  • Approaches and Methods in English Language Teaching (Semester 1)
  • Second Language Acquisition (Semester 2)

Optional modules

  • Curriculum design and materials evaluation
  • Description of language
  • Methods of Text and Corpus Analysis
  • Multimedia Materials Development
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • Technology in language education: Theory and practice
  • Teaching English in professional and academic settings (TEPAS)

In addition, after consultation with their Academic Advisor, student may also be able to study the following non-credit bearing modules:

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Applied Linguistics (Semester 1)
  • Applied Linguistics Dissertation Writing (Semester 2)
  • Applied Linguistics Critical Reflection (Semester 2)

For more information, visit the Language Centre website:


Professor Kathryn Richardson, Convenor

Entry requirements

You will need a first class or good upper second class honours degree, preferably in an area such as comparative literature, languages, English, philosophy, classics, and history, though other areas might be considered as suitable. Knowledge of one or more languages other than English is desirable, though presently not a pre-requisite. Applications from graduates from other countries are welcome. Where English is not your first language, you will need to be highly proficient in English for academic purposes.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements page.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Each module has an outline description, giving the aims, expected learning outcomes, assessment methods, outline syllabus and indication of primary reading.

Independent study

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further five to six hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions, reading, producing written work, completing projects and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


A wide range of assessment techniques will also be used. These will include: essays; formative assessment; learning log; presentations; and practical tasks such as material development. Clear guidance on coursework requirements is given emphasising approaches to coursework of various types and the avoidance of plagiarism. Standard College procedures are followed in the setting and marking of examinations and in the determination of overall results.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £3,350
Part time £1,700
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £6,000
Part time £3,000
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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