MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
MA Applied Linguistics options

Year 1, Component 07

Linguistics option(s) from list
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.

LG476-7-SP
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).

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.

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-SP
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.

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.

LG636-7-SP
Teaching and Learning Grammar
(15 CREDITS)

In this module you will gain a strong knowledge of teaching and learning grammar when learning a second language. You will explore the issues related with both teaching and learning a second language and current issues in the teaching of grammar.

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 II
(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.

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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