Taught course

Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Anglia Ruskin University · Department of English, Communication, Film and Media

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Want to further your career in language teaching? Learn the latest linguistics theories and apply them to your classroom practice. Gain critical and analytical skills that will boost your career prospects. Choose to study by distance learning or in Cambridge, a city famous for language teaching.

If you’re involved with any aspect of foreign language teaching, this course will further your theoretical understanding of language learning and give you a chance to develop your teaching skills. You’ll gain a firm grounding in the current theories and methodologies of foreign language teaching and learning, and second language acquisition, and have the chance to apply these to your own classroom practice and course development. You’ll learn the basics of conducting research, and improve the critical and analytical skills in demand from employers. Our modules will also allow you to investigate other issues of language, like migration or identity.
Outside of the course, you’ll have the chance to attend, and take part in, our research seminars and conferences, like the Identities in Language conference, or the upcoming British Association for Applied Linguistics conference.

Our past students enjoy careers in many language-learning and teaching-related professions, like teaching English / other languages (in the UK and abroad), and developing courses, tests, materials or language policy.

You might enjoy your studies so much that you decide to take a research degree, like our Professional Doctorate in Applied Linguistics

Core modules
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Discourse in Society
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • Major Project
Optional modules
  • Materials and Course Design
  • Classroom Theory and Practice
  • Impacts of Migration
  • Language, Identity and Policy

You can take this course on our Cambridge-campus or by distance learning. On campus, all teaching takes place in the evening, making it easier for you to take up paid work during the day. With its many language schools, Cambridge is the perfect location for you to gain invaluable experience in language teaching.
Our Distance Learning delivery is provided entirely online and asynchronous, allowing you to study flexibly wherever you are.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
12 months
part time
30 months
distance learning
12 months


12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
12 months
full time
12 months


distance learning
6 months
full time
6 months
6 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

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