Component

MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
PhD Applied Linguistics options

Year 1, Component 03

Research project LG699-7-SP and/or subject specific 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.

LG421-7-SP
Developmental Psycholinguistics
(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.

LG462-7-AU
Topics in Psycholinguistics
(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)

The United Nations states that by 2030 ‘…all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development…through education for sustainable development…’ (UN, 2015, p.21). The purpose of this module is to explore the relevance of education for sustainable development (ESD) and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching and learning. The module will explore the issues that inform the embedding of sustainability in EFL teaching to a diversity of learners in local, national, regional and global contexts. It is structured to enable you to develop an understanding of ESD, the sustainable development goals, and the key cognitive, behavioural, and socio-emotional competencies required for embedding sustainability into EFL teaching and learning.

LG476-7-AU
Semantics and Philosophy of Language
(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-SP
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
Syntax
(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.

LG541-7-AU
Language Learning Across the Lifespan
(15 CREDITS)

We will look at theories of language learning that broadly take a usage-based perspective and compare and contrast these with more traditional formalist approaches in order to highlight changes and new points of emphasis in current theorising in the field. We will consider the role of explicit (conscious) and implicit (non-conscious) knowledge and processes in additional language learning and how these interact with characteristics of the individual learner, the learning context, and the linguistic input that constitutes the learning target. Importantly, we will look at the influence of these factors across the lifespan to pinpoint if and how language development differs in children, younger adults and older adults. We will capture current research trends that move beyond the traditional sample population of educated young adults and include hitherto under-researched groups such as third-age learners and low-educated learners.

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.

LG621-7-AU
Language in Context: From Pragmatics to Conversation Analysis
(15 CREDITS)

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the theoretical foundations of pragmatics and conversation analysis. You will be introduced to the study of meaning and explore how what is said is not necessarily what is meant, by investigating aspects of utterance interpretation and of language use. By the end of the module, you will be familiar with a range of issues and debates in contemporary pragmatics and be able to apply your knowledge of these to a variety of problems in the investigation of language use in interaction.

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.

LG630-7-SP
Grammar At The Interfaces
(15 CREDITS)

Research at the interfaces poses unique, challenging questions for the field of linguistics, and this module aims to equip PGT students with the tools to think critically about language and linguistics while developing their skills in argumentation and research planning. This module aims to synthesize the knowledge across subfields by exploring the interfaces between different domains of grammar, including two case studies that have been looked at in depth within the field: syntax-semantics interface and the semantics interfaces. This module is open to all students interested in understanding more about the role of syntax and semantics in the field.

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.

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.

LG699-7-SP
Graduate Research Assignment
(15 CREDITS)

Do you want to explore in some depth a research question that has emerged from one of your modules? Are you keen to do some independent research? Survey the existing literature on a topic that has intrigued you. Prepare the ground for your MA dissertation, under the watchful eye of a supervisor.

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