English Language and Applied Linguistics MA (Distance Learning) 2017-18

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About the course

This course is designed to bring your basic knowledge of the description of English language to a high level of competence.

It covers a range of topics reflecting staff expertise, including conversation analysis, stylistics, critical discourse analysis and pragmatics. You will be given the chance to engage with cutting-edge research in your area.

Any or all of the modules on this course can be taken via the distance learning option, which offers flexibility that will be of particular appeal to those who have special needs of various kinds.

There is an emphasis on the practical analysis of language in use, including spoken and written language, and literary or non-literary texts.

Your tutors are active in their own specialist areas and recognised by the Higher Education Academy.* You can be confident that your studies are led by experts with flair and enthusiasm, renowned nationally and internationally for their excellence in teaching and research. As leading researchers in their fields of expertise, your tutors are published authors, award-winners and acclaimed thinkers. Indeed, 75% of work submitted for the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was said to be 'internationally significant' and 'world leading'. (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

We have a vibrant research community of both national and international students. We run regular research seminars led by our staff, visiting guest speakers, and our own students. We also organise and host conferences which reflect the research interests of our academic staff.

Our department is home to the internationally-recognised Stylistics Research Centre and our academic staff hold official positions in the Poetics and Linguistics Association , the world's leading organisation for the study of linguistics.

Our department is also home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research, which hosts internationally-reputed experts and which operates with the support of the Linguistics Politeness Research Group.

Our department is home to the internationally-recognised Stylistics Research Centre and our academic staff hold official positions in the Poetics and Linguistics Association , the world's leading organisation for the study of linguistics.

Our department is also home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research, which hosts internationally-reputed experts and which operates with the support of the Linguistics Politeness Research Group.

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

1 year full-time

Please note: the inclusion of 'Applied' in the course title does not imply that our course has a pedagogical element.If you are interested in teaching training courses, then please visit the University's School of Education and Professional Development

Entry requirements

We require a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in English or a cognate subject.

•  Other relevant qualifications and/or experience may be considered.

•  Students with English as a second language are required to have an IELTS score of 7 minimum (or a recognised equivalent English language qualification).

The University's School of Music, Humanities and Media offers bursaries towards the cost of taught MA courses.

Contact:

Course enquiries
Tel. 01484 472375
E-mail. pgcoursesmhm@hud.ac.uk

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Places available:

10-20

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

You take 180 credits at Master's level, taking two core modules, one in each term, and choosing three modules from a list of options, based on staff availability and the number of students on the course:

Core modules:

Descriptive Linguistics (Distance Learning)

This module aims to lay the theoretical and descriptive foundation that will form the basis of the other English Language and Applied Linguistics Master's modules. It aims to enable you to access and use different models of description of the English language, and to understand the theories underlying those models. It also introduces you to Master's level study by the inclusion of a set of tasks and assessments designed to develop your study skills alongside subject-specific analytical skills.


Dissertation in English Language and Applied Linguistics - Distance Learning

The module will guide you through a process of project-planning, including general research skills background reading, research and writing up. This process is common to all students, though as it progresses, it becomes individualised to suit your interests and project.

Option modules Choose three from a list which may include:

Analysing Interaction - Distance Learning

This module involves advanced study of the fundamental features of interaction, and exploration of a method for conducting detailed analysis of talk within and across cultures. It covers a range of different kinds of communication and explores the relationship between language and context in a range of culturally situated settings. It aims to acquaint you with many of the central underlying patterns by which interaction operates, and examines cutting-edge research on issues such as affiliation and action adjustment.


Stylistics - Distance Learning

This module aims to equip you with the analytical skills to identify the linguistic source of stylistic effects in texts and to evaluate the interpretative significance of these for readers. You will engage with cutting-edge research in both cognitive and corpus stylistics to investigate both literary and non-literary style. The module aims to cover both theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of stylistics.


Critcal Stylistics - Distance Learning

This module aims to equip you with a set of analytical skills used for the identification and evaluation of the linguistic devices which encode ideologies in spoken and written texts. The module’s case studies will include the advanced study of Critical Stylistics in a range of different texts, including both spoken and written texts.


Interpersonal Pragmatics - Distance Learning

This module is about understanding and exploring what happens to and between people when they interact (chiefly, but not exclusively, through the use of language): how they convey their ‘meanings’; how they project their views of themselves, of others present, of their relationship with those others and of what is going on; how they interpret and evaluate what other people say; how these understandings make them feel.

A full-time Master's course is normally taken over one calendar year. Interim awards available are: Postgraduate Certificate in English Language and Applied Linguistics (Minimum 60 M-level Credits), and Postgraduate Diploma in English Language and Applied Linguistics (Minimum 105 M-level Credits).

Distance learning versions run alongside taught versions, and will be particularly attractive to those who are employed (eg teachers who may be allowed some relief but cannot be entirely flexible).

The maximum duration of the MA within the University regulations is normally 7 years.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course is ideally suited to education professionals wishing to further their knowledge of language or linguistics, or for those wishing to develop their knowledge before going on to train as a teacher of English.

It also provides a firm foundation for doctoral research in language and linguistics.

Other careers open to our graduates include PR, marketing, management and any career requiring high level communication skills.

Teaching and assessment

There are a range of activities and modes of learning and assessment available for this course, all of which provide an essential context for academic development and a satisfying learning experience. The communal nature of many of our learning strategies ensures that you feel part of a dynamic and interdependent community.

•  You experience a range of teaching and learning formats, including lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one discussions.

•  Students on distance learning modules will be encouraged to interact with both staff and other students through technologically facilitated means, such as screencasts, Webinars and Skype consultation sessions.

•  All students living within travelling distance of the University are encouraged to attend events such as the regular research seminars and workshops and the annual Postgraduate Conference.

•  You experience a range of assessment methods, including formative and summative assignments. Summative assessment includes essays, reports of original research, a short-answer test, a presentation and the dissertation. Formative assessment includes participation in group exercises (face-to-face or via Webinar), critical evaluation of published texts, and analysis of data.

•  Summative assessment takes place principally at the end of each module. In order to provide early feedback, formative assessment forms part of all modules and is carried out during the course of the term in which the module is delivered. Assessment can be varied to meet specific student needs.

•  All work is moderated and subject to second marking and external examining

Facilities

There has been significant recent investment in leading edge teaching spaces which have become models for other teaching spaces around the University. IT facilities include flexible learning rooms equipped with video conferencing equipment, interactive smart boards with all-round ceiling projection and audio-visual cabinets with the usual cd/dvd playback and PC and laptop connections.

In the University Library you will find English Language and Linguistics subject specialists to help you find and use source materials.

Electronic resources include:

•  the Oxford English Dictionary Online;

•  a range of databases including ProQuest Newsstand, Early English Books online and the International Encyclopaedia of Linguistics;

•  corpora for studying language including the British National Corpus. These are all supported by a range of software for the computational analysis of language.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Funding

In 2016/17, the tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £4,950 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

You will be taught by staff who are actively engaged in research and publication, at the cutting edge of their various specialisms. You will also be supported by a personal tutor from amongst our academic staff and have access to two Academic Skills Tutors.

Research projects We are a very research active department, and we have at any one time a number of research assistants working on funded research projects. Examples of recent projects include the following:

•  Semantic Annotation and Mark Up for Enhancing Lexical Search (SAMUELS) project: Is there a Baron in the Commons?

•  Politeness in Taiwan

•  Detecting Verbal Aggression

•  Babel: The Language Magazine

•  Creating an Online PALA Museum

We also have an on-going long-term project called Language in Conflict, where we are working with professionals in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution to enhance the linguistic skills and understanding of mediators and international negotiators by producing instructional materials and running training courses.

Conferences We have a vibrant research community of both national and international students and regularly host conferences which reflect the research interests of our academic staff. Recent conferences include:

•  English Language and Linguistics for A Level Teachers (2015)

•  Stylistics Research Centre 10th Anniversary Symposium (2015)

•  International Symposium of Linguistic Politeness Research Group (2014)

Seminars We run a regular research seminar series which all students are encouraged to attend. This offers the opportunity to hear about the very latest research developments in English language and linguistics. In addition to talks from our own academic staff we frequently welcome visiting speakers from universities in the UK, Europe and overseas. Recent speakers have included:

•  Dr Dominic Watt (University of York)

•  Dr Sam Kirkham (Lancaster University)

•  Professor Beatrix Busse (Heidelberg University, Germany)

•  Professor Christian Kay (University of Glasgow)

•  Dr Kate MacDonald (University of Gent, Belgium)

•  Dr Laura Wright (University of Cambridge)

Other activities We are the home of Babel: The Language magazine, which is a popular magazine produced in our department aimed at non-specialist readers with an interest in linguistics and language-related issues.

We also have our own consultancy service called Language Unlocked. Here we use corpus-based and corpus-driven stylistics to undertake consultancies for public and private companies and voluntary third sector and non-governmental organisations whose concerns require a subtle understanding of large bodies of text.

There are numerous possibilities related to both Babel and Language Unlocked for our students.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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