School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

MA in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching

There is an increasing demand for teachers of English worldwide, and in a sector which is no longer dominated by native English speaking teachers. Queen Mary’s MA in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching is for students with little or no teaching experience who want to improve their understanding of linguistics as applied to English language teaching. On completion, you will join the English language teaching community around the world and be able to teach in both Higher Education institutions and in private language schools and colleges. You may also be able to teach in state schools in your country, depending on the local regulations governing teaching.

  • Practice based programme
  • Professional Dissertation includes CELTA, with hands-on teaching experience and classroom confidence
  • Reflective practice on teaching and learning

Overview and employability

There is an increasing demand for teachers of English worldwide, and in a sector which is no longer dominated by native English speaking teachers. Queen Mary’s MA in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching is for students with little or no teaching experience who want to improve their understanding of linguistics as applied to English language teaching. On completion, you will join the English language teaching community around the world and be able to teach in both Higher Education institutions and in private language schools and colleges. You may also be able to teach in state schools in your country, depending on the local regulations governing teaching.

You learn the basic methods and theories of language teaching and language learning, and you can also specialize according to your interests. Optional modules include:

  • Curriculum design and materials evaluation,
  • Syntax and vocabulary in Description of Language
  • Discourse analysis to see how texts hang together
  • Research Methods for Applied Linguistics
  • Multimedia materials design and evaluation in our state of the art Multimedia Language Learning laboratories
  • Teaching English for professional and academic purposes

You can also take a special non-credit module in critical thinking and writing for applied linguists to help you achieve the best degree you can.
To help you become a good teacher, you are encouraged to become a reflective teacher: you will observe real teachers in action and reflect on best practice, and you’ll also become a language learner yourself and reflect on how it feels to be in the language learning classroom.