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English Language and Applied Linguistics – University of Reading

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    "Language has no independent existence apart from the people who use it. It is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end of understanding who you are and what society is like." David Crystal OBE

  • Established learning

    One of the longest running MA ELT programmes in the UK with flexible postgraduate routes

  • World-recognised research

    Focusing on interdisciplinary and cutting edge methodologies

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    Emphasis on high quality professional relevance and employability (with work placements)

English Language and Applied Linguistics

50 Years of Excellence in Linguistics and Language Studies

The University of Reading was among the first universities in the UK to offer programmes in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching. Over the past 50 years, the University has been home to many of the world's most distinguished scholars in language studies, and has produced graduates whose work has come to define the field.

"Every day it is more important for professionals in the modern world to understand how language is used in different contexts, such as education, migration, politics, digital media and health. We are exploring theories of language in the contemporary world and applying this knowledge to the solution of real-world problems at work, at play, in relationships, in the media, in education, in health, in politics."

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"We explore the growth of English as an international language, and are at the forefront of current developments in English language teaching and learning."

Professor Rodney Jones, Head of the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics

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A World of Englishes

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The Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics is part of the School of Literature and Languages.

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