Postgraduate taught courses
The University of Reading has been known for decades as a centre of excellence in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. Our MA programmes in TESOL and Applied Linguistics have more than 2,000 graduates in over 40 countries, many of whom have gone on to become world-renowned teachers and scholars.
Distinguished graduates from Reading's MAs include Professor Penny Ur OBE (Haifa University), Professor Roger Nunn (Petroleum Institute Abu Dhabi), Professor Scott Thornbury (The New School New York), and Professor Barry O'Sullivan (British Council).
These highly competitive programmes are suitable for high-calibre candidates who:
- have already been working as language teachers or are just starting or thinking of starting a career in language teaching, and wish to develop professionally and academically;
- are interested in language in use in society, business or other professional fields, and want to develop their career in language-related industries (media, publishing, translating, language technology, international marketing, public relations);
- may also be interested in pursuing PhD studies in the future.
Read our MA brochure here.
Studying an MA with us is a truly global experience. Each year we welcome MA students from all over the world. The map below shows countries of origin of our MA students in the last 3 years.
Features of the Programme:
REPUTATION & expertise
You will be taught by experts in Applied Linguistics, who are known for cutting edge research in their fields. Their work is regularly published in important international journals, and they are regularly invited to speak at major international conferences. At the same time, nearly all of them have a background in English Language Teaching and understand how to apply research to addressing teaching and learning issues in the classroom.
small class sizes and Individual attention
Students on Reading's MA programmes receive considerable individual attention. All students have regular meetings with personal tutors and dissertation supervisors. They also become a part of a thriving intellectual community with regular research talks and social events with academic staff and PhD students.
Variety and Flexibility
We offer programmes to suit every type of student:
In our MA TESOL programme we offer two tracks. Students can pursue a research-focused degree with a dissertation, or a pre-service teaching-experience degree with a portfolio.
Core modules on MA TESOL include: Second Language Learning Principles, Foundations of Language Studies, Language Curriculum Design or Teaching the Language Skills, Research Methods and Design
Core modules on MA Applied Linguistics include: Second Language Learning Principles, Foundations of Language Studies, Sociolinguistics, Research Methods and Design
Both MA programmes include a wide choice of option
- Language Testing,
- Discourse Analysis,
- Intercultural Communication,
- New Technologies for Teaching and Learning,
- Teaching Young Learners,
- Corpus Linguistics,
- Child Language Development,
- Language and Migration,
- English in the World,
- Teaching and Learning of Vocabulary,
- Issues in Bilingualism
We offer Academic English classes specifically tailored to the needs of our own MA students.
The University of Reading has one of the best collections of books and journals in TESOL and Applied Linguistics in the United Kingdom, including an excellent electronic collection that allows students to access most books and articles online and off campus. There is also a self-access learning centre, access to language corpus facilities and several computer laboratories.
Graduates from our postgraduate programmes enter a range of careers worldwide, including education across all sectors (primary, secondary and higher education, public and private), Testing and Assessment institutions (e.g. British Council), government or industry specifically publishing companies, media, public relations, marketing and advertising.
Things to do now
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- Find out about our MA in Applied Linguistics
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- Learn more about our academic staff and their research interests
- Find out more about the department's research
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