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MA Tesol or MA linguistics?

 
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bamb00zle



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:40 am    Post subject: MA Tesol or MA linguistics? Reply with quote

I'm thinking of doing one or the other next year and just seeking advice.

I'm currently based in the ME, soon to become a father and eventually in a few years, I'd like to go back to the UK (depending what happens with Brexit) but that's the aim. I'll be aiming to do it distance over a couple of years.

When I go back, I'll be targeting uni positions teaching foreign students or EAP.

My questions are threefold:

1) What are the differences between the two programmes?

2) I have the full DELTA/undergrad degree. Could that mean some units I won't need to study?

3) Which institutions offer the 'best' distance courses and which ones are to avoid?

Any info or advice, much appreciated.
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Elicit



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Linguistics: semantics, pragmatics etc. with a little morphology and other areas you touched upon on the Delta. Many programmes are quite heavily theory-based.

Applied Linguistics: discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, systemic functional grammar etc. along with some modules related to Delta material. Theory with some more practice-based stuff.

TESOL/ELT: Delta material but more in-depth and approached from an action research perspective. Modules may include methodology, lexis and pedagogic grammar etc. More practice-based than the previous two majors.

Note: Modules on these 3 programmes can differ widely between universities.

2. Yes, Delta can count for up to a third of the degree. Do some research to find those universities that do accept the delta for part completion. Delta is more likely to be accepted for TESOL/ELT degrees and perhaps to a lesser extent the other two majors listed above.

3. I think Leicester offers a third off the required modules for its degree and seems relatively popular. If in your position, I would make a list of the universities that offer credit for the Delta and then choose by your interest in their programmes’ modules.
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bamb00zle



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elicit wrote:
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Linguistics: semantics, pragmatics etc. with a little morphology and other areas you touched upon on the Delta. Many programmes are quite heavily theory-based.

Applied Linguistics: discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, systemic functional grammar etc. along with some modules related to Delta material. Theory with some more practice-based stuff.

TESOL/ELT: Delta material but more in-depth and approached from an action research perspective. Modules may include methodology, lexis and pedagogic grammar etc. More practice-based than the previous two majors.

Note: Modules on these 3 programmes can differ widely between universities.

2. Yes, Delta can count for up to a third of the degree. Do some research to find those universities that do accept the delta for part completion. Delta is more likely to be accepted for TESOL/ELT degrees and perhaps to a lesser extent the other two majors listed above.

3. I think Leicester offers a third off the required modules for its degree and seems relatively popular. If in your position, I would make a list of the universities that offer credit for the Delta and then choose by your interest in their programmes’ modules.


Excellent advice, thanks a lot.
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