Applied Linguistics and TESOL Full-Time Anglia Ruskin University

This Applied Linguistics and TESOL Full-Time course at ARU, Anglia Ruskin University is suitable for people from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds, including educators from the state and private sectors. It will be of interest to those involved in foreign language teaching and teaching English as a foreign language, language testers, curriculum developers, materials writers and others involved in teaching and learning languages.

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Our MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL  ARU, Anglia Ruskin University will improve your theoretical understanding of language learning and help you to develop your teaching skills.

You will explore the latest theories in topics such as second language acquisition and social discourse, as well as learning different methods of analysis with which to assess to their value to your own language teaching.

You will also learn to conduct your own research, compiling and analysing qualitative and quantitative data and developing your critical-evaluative skills. These skills will be put to use on your own research project at the end of the course, as well as in your future career.

Our optional modules will also allow you to explore your own interests, with topics including course design and classroom practice, as well as 'Impacts of Migration' and 'Language, Identity and Policy', which will help prepare you for a teaching career across the world. You can also complete a part-time CELTA alongside your degree, or opt for a full-time, 4 week CELTA either straight before or straight after your MA, to maximise your opportunities as an English Language teacher.


Graduates from our course work in a wide variety of language-learning and teaching-related professions. These include: teaching English or other languages to non-native speakers in both the UK and abroad; curriculum, test and materials development; and language policy. Some also choose to stay in academia to study for a PhD in a cognate subject.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Discourse in Society
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • Major Project

Optional modules (campus-based course only)

  • Materials and Course Design
  • Classroom Theory and Practice
  • Impacts of Migration
  • Language, Identity and Policy
  • Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials
  • The Process of Materials Writing


Modules are subject to change and availability.

You will show your understanding of the theoretical issues explored on the course and their practical application through various methods, including portfolios, classroom observation tasks and critical essays. At the end of the course, you will also research and complete a 15,000-word major project.

Distance learning students
Due to the structure of this course, there will be times when you'll study two modules simultaneously during a trimester. Our tutors will help you to manage your workload and assessment deadlines. Please contact us to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to you. Email or call 01245 686707.

Distance Learning students take the following modules: Major Project, Second Language Acquisition, Classroom Theory and Practice, Materials and Course Design, Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, Discourse in Society.


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  • Housing capacity 1000
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