The Cross-Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics MA provides theoretical, research and practical training in areas of international and intercultural communication. It also provides training on the analysis of language in use, in a variety of settings and on the teaching and learning of English as a second language.
The Applied Linguistics Pathway is a specialism on the Cross-Cultural Communication MA. It is designed for students who wish to combine the study of cross-cultural communication (CCC) with the study of language as it is used in a wide range of settings. If you are interested in gaining knowledge and expertise in the new approaches and techniques for teaching English as a second or foreign language you would also benefit from this course.
This specialist pathway is delivered by academic staff in applied linguistics and communication within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. It offers a wide range of optional modules in the areas of applied linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
You will have the opportunity to develop:
- an understanding of the theories, principles, concepts and methodologies in applied linguistics and TESOL
- a critical awareness of key issues or debates concerning teaching and learning English as a second/foreign language
- in-depth knowledge of methodologies and techniques applicable to research in areas of applied linguistics and TESOL, including corpus linguistics, multimodal analysis, discourse analysis and conversation analysis.
The applied linguistics academic staff have teaching and research expertise in:
- second language acquisition
- discourse analysis
- classroom interaction
- multimodal interaction
- teaching and learning English through media and technology
- teacher development
If you are interested in a career in language teaching, but have little or no previous teaching experience, this pathway offers the option of introductory modules in TESOL. These provide a thorough grounding in the practical skills and knowledge for language teaching and learning.
Modules are delivered through a range of means, including:
- group projects
Each module tends to last one semester. Some optional modules are taught in short, intensive blocks and/or on occasional weekends.
The course consists of three main parts.
Language and communication
This strand is delivered by academic staff in applied linguistics and communication within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. They comprise one compulsory module and a number of optional modules available to all CCC students.
Applied linguistics pathway-specific modules
The applied linguistics strand of taught modules is delivered by academic staff in applied linguistics and communication within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. You will study with other students of applied linguistics and TESOL.
The research portfolio is equal to an MA-level dissertation. It involves three separate research files which take place over the course of the academic year:
- an essay on a theoretical matter in cross-cultural communication, submitted early January
- a presentation on a methodological approach to research in cross-cultural communication
- an empirical research project conducted over the summer months, submitted at the end of August
Lectures and seminars provide support for the research portfolio. You will also receive one-to-one supervision from an academic member of staff.
Work experienceWork experience
You are encouraged to apply your research interests to real world case studies, particularly of international organisations or workplaces with which you have a connection.
For example, your empirical project submitted in research file three can be in connection with voluntary work (for a charity or NGO) or an internship, arranged over the summer towards the end of the course.
As a part time student you can conduct a research project of relevance to your employer and/or industry.
As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
- a well-stocked Education Resource Centre
- Language Analysis Lab
- a phonetics lab
- an audio-video lab
- a recording studio
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take 40 credits of Language and Communication modules from:
- ALC8001 The Social Psychology of Communication
- ALC8002 Sociolinguistics
- ALC8005 International Business Talk and Interaction
- ALC8007 Professional Communication
- ALC8009 English in the World: Global and Cross-Cultural Issues Surrounding English as a Lingua Franca
- ALC8010 Culture, Interculturality and Identity
- ALC8012 Micro-analysis of Intercultural Interaction
- ALC8021 Understanding Multimodal Communication
You will take 60 credits of Applied Linguistics modules from:
- ALC8022 Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- ALC8025 English Language Teaching Methods
- ALC8026 Language Learning
- ALC8024 Language Awareness
- ALC8033 English for Academic Purposes
- ALC8029 TESOL for Young Learners
- ALC8027 Spoken Interaction in Language Learning and Testing Contexts
- ALC8031 Discourse Analysis for English Language Teachers
- ALC8036 Materials Design and Evaluation in TESOL
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a subject broadly related to:
- social sciences (eg languages, law or sociology)
Work experience in an international organisation or cross-cultural context is desirable, but not essential.
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant teaching or professional experience.
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- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
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The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.