MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
PhD Applied Linguistics options

Year 1, Component 04

Research support option(s) from list
LG404-7-SP
Phonology
(15 CREDITS)

Can sounds be analysed in terms of their constituent components of voicing, place and manner of articulation? Which features of sound are relevant for distinguishing word meanings? Is there a set of universal constraints on the way that sounds are related to mental representations? Acquire a solid understanding of phonological analysis, and apply that understanding to new data in a variety of languages.

LG415-7-SP
Phonetics
(15 CREDITS)

Want to read spectrograms and identify different sounds? To conduct acoustic speech analysis using Praat? And to produce documents that display your findings? Study acoustic phonetics with a focus on the structure of sound waves. Examine how different aspects of sound waves are related. Undertake experiments to investigate phonetic phenomena.

LG421-7-SP
Phonological Development
(15 CREDITS)

How do children develop phonologically? And how does this change if they have delayed or disordered speech? Examine how phonological theories have been applied to first language data. Apply the knowledge you gain to sample data sets of child speech.

LG429-7-AU
Topics in the Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching
(15 CREDITS)

Is learning all about cognitive processes? What is the role of psychological factors in successful language learning and teaching? Why do foreign language teachers need to know about their learners?

LG462-7-AU
Sentence Processing
(15 CREDITS)

Why do speakers of English initially think that sentences like “The horse raced past the barn fell” are ungrammatical? Why are sentences like “The mouse the cat chased stole the cheese” more difficult to understand than “The mouse stole the cheese and the cat chased the mouse”? Learn about the principles of sentence and discourse processing that guide language understanding. Conduct experiments testing how speakers respond to structurally different types of sentences.

LG470-7-AU
Introduction to embedding sustainability in TEFL / TESOL
(15 CREDITS)
LG476-7-AU
Semantics
(15 CREDITS)

What do you know about semantics? Wish to understand this key component of modern linguistics? Study formal semantics, working on examples and exercises that use logic in the analysis of natural language semantics. Examine the main topics on word and sentence meaning in contemporary semantics.

LG504-7-SP
Language Testing and Assessment
(15 CREDITS)

This module focuses on how language testing and assessment have developed in educational settings, by looking at the types and purposes of tests and the processes involved in test design and administration. It also considers high-stakes testing and language exams. Additionally, the module covers key concepts and principles of language testing and the theoretical foundations and practical implications surrounding testing of language skills within general English and English for Specific/Academic Purposes (ESP/EAP).

LG512-7-AU
Description of Language for TEFL/ELT and Applied Linguistics
(0 CREDITS)

How do you respond to learner questions about language? What do you understand about the nature of language? Build the linguistic vocabulary and analytical tools needed to talk about the English language effectively and accurately in second language learner classrooms.

LG513-7-AU
Individual Differences in L2 Learning
(15 CREDITS)

What psychological factors impact on second language learning? Study a range of cognitive variables that influence people's success when learning a second language. Undertake your own piece of research into a variable of your choice, eg learning style or language learning aptitude, and gain useful experience for your future Masters project in the process.

LG514-7-AU
Syntactic Theory
(15 CREDITS)

What are the main phenomena of syntax and how can we describe and explain them? Study the properties of syntactic categories, subjects, complements and adjuncts, raising and control sentences, and long distance dependencies. Learn the importance of precise and explicit descriptions, of dealing with the full range of relevant data, and of accommodating different kinds of languages.

LG522-7-AU
Language Learning and Teaching
(15 CREDITS)

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the main approaches and methods used in English Language Teaching (ELT). You will study the different theoretical and historical contexts of language teaching and look at how these different approaches and methods have shaped pedagogy, practice and course design. You will explore key aspects of teacher development such as professional identity, teacher language and teacher psychology and look at the different ways in which these influence and shape teaching practice.

LG532-7-AU
Sociolinguistic Theory
(15 CREDITS)

How does language change over time, vary across communities, and what do social alignments help explain about language variation and change? Explore the relationship between sociolinguistic theories and social groupings. Examine current sociolinguistic debates regarding language variation and change.

LG533-7-SP
Experimental Analysis
(15 CREDITS)

Wish to undertake psycholinguistic experiments? Work as a group on designing and preparing your own psycholinguistic research. As a team, collect and organise your experimental data. Use descriptive and inferential statistics to analyse your findings. Produce your own report that discusses your theoretical and methodological outcomes.

LG540-7-AU
Teaching Younger Learners
(15 CREDITS)

This module will introduce students to the fundamentals of Teaching English to Young Learners, referring to children and adolescents. You’ll become familiar with theories surrounding language acquisition among children and the different aspects of their psychology in instructed classroom settings. You will also consider how young learners' language skills could be assessed and tested.

LG541-7-AU
Language Learning Across the Lifespan
(15 CREDITS)
LG575-7-SP
Research Methods
(15 CREDITS)

What are research methods? What are the differences between quantitative and qualitative research? Learn more about the research tools available for studying applied linguistics and TEFL. Examine each available research method in-depth. Build your understanding, while preparing for your MA dissertation or other future research projects.

LG592-7-AP
Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation
(0 CREDITS)

Are you ready to write your dissertation? Build your knowledge of the standard practices for writing assignments and dissertations. Understand the common research methodologies and paradigms used in applied linguistics and TESOL.

LG622-7-AU
Teaching, Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking in TEFL/TESOL
(15 CREDITS)

The module aims to explore some of the different ways in which theories have shaped and informed the different approaches to the teaching of reading and writing in English Language Teaching (ELT). By studying these ideas you will deepen your understanding of the different ways in which reading and writing is understood and conceptualised, and give you a theoretical platform from which to consider, and reflect upon, your own experiences and approaches to teaching reading and writing.

LG624-7-SP
Intercultural Communication: communicating across languages and cultures
(15 CREDITS)

This module will acquaint you with some of the existing approaches and issues in intercultural communication, balancing theoretical insight with advanced practical skills. You will investigate communication patterns in different cultures and languages including illocutionary force, indirect speech acts and politeness and look at how cultural norms, values and conventions influence linguistic choices across languages and cultures.

LG653-7-SP
Varieties of English
(15 CREDITS)

What factors determined the varieties of English which evolved in Wales, Scotland and Ireland? How can you tell a New Zealander from an Australian? Investigate the different accents of English spoken outside England. Understand how English changed as it spread across the globe.

LG655-7-SP
Teaching Practice
(15 CREDITS)

During this module you have the opportunity to gain hands on experience teaching real students. You will be able to have individual tutorials for advice on lesson plans and materials prior to teaching your own classes.

LG656-7-SP
Educational Leadership and Management
(15 CREDITS)

Reflect on your experiences as a teacher and consider how you could optimise your teaching to meet your learners’ needs and your own. This module will include small-group discussions and input sessions, so you really have the opportunity to reflect on your individual practices and career.

LG657-7-SP
English for Specific Purposes: Traditions and Practices in Language Teaching
(15 CREDITS)

What is English for Specific Purposes (ESP). and who teaches it? Is English for Academic Purposes the same as ESP? Engage in the current debates and practices within the broad field of ESP. You will explore the connections between such fields as EAP, Discourse Analysis and use of Copora in ESP and look at the ways in which these areas of the field of English Language Teaching have emerged and developed over time and across educational contexts. exploring the different academic traditions from which these approaches draw.

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