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Master of Applied Linguistics

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1.5 years
Start date: Expected February-2022
Campus:
Massey University
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Course details

Summary

Take your career to the next level

With Massey’s Master of Applied Linguistics, you’ll help make second-language teaching work in a multilingual world.

The Master of Applied Linguistics provides professionals in all areas of second-language teaching, including Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), with a qualification that meets their specific combination of professional and research needs. This combination is increasingly important in both domestic and international settings.

Get real-world skills

You’ll use theories, methods and problem-based approaches that address real-life language issues in our globalised and digitally mediated world.

Draw on Massey’s research strengths

Massey’s research strengths include:

  • Heritage language learning
  • Mother tongue maintenance
  • Online second-language communities
  • Distance/online language learning
  • Sociocultural adjustment of international students and their teachers to their presence in New Zealand universities
  • Language learning and emotion
  • Bi/multilingualism
  • Oral proficiency
  • teaching and assessment
  • language education policy.

Research opportunities

In the Master of Applied Linguistics you’ll complete a research report (60 credits) or thesis (120 credits). Recent areas of student research include:

  • investigating needs of non-income-earning students in community English classes
  • the development of teacher identity among student teachers in Thailand
  • navigating cultural conflict and dissonance in the immigrant ESL classroom
  • the role of motivational beliefs in self-regulated learning for Kanji acquisition
  • vocational tertiary students’ imagined experiences of learning English with native speakers in an Indonesian rural setting
  • perceptions of Bhutanese students, parents and teachers of their learning progress in a New Zealand secondary school
  • a case study of teacher beliefs and student attitudes on L1 use in multilingual classrooms.

Careers

With a Master of Applied Linguistics you’ll be prepared for careers in language teaching, research and practice in national and international multilingual contexts. You’ll be supporting those who operate in multilingual contexts, such as migrants and former refugees, and international students in New Zealand. Our graduates are employed as educators, consultants and practitioners.

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

The Master of Linguistics is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second, etc.

Coursework pathway
At least a B grade average is required in the Part One courses (120 credits) for progression to Part Two - Coursework Pathway.

Research pathway
At least a B+ grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two - Research Pathway.

Entry criteria

To enter the Master of Applied Linguistics you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor degree with at least a B grade average across the 200-300 level courses, and
  • at least one full-time year of relevant teaching experience (or equivalent), or
  • have been awarded or qualified for a postgraduate diploma in second language teaching or a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics, or equivalent.

You will have at least a B+ grade average for entry to the Research Pathway, or at least a B grade average for entry to the Coursework Pathway.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

Course variation

Expected February-2022 - Massey University

Campus:
Massey University
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1.5 years
Start date: Expected February-2022
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