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Applied Linguistics

Programma-opties

  • Master Honours College (honoursprogramma)

    The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

    It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

  • Master's placement (specialisatie)

    During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

    It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Research Methodology Appl. Linguistics (10 EC)
Teaching Methodology/2nd Language Dev. (10 EC)
Theory of 2nd Language Development (10 EC)
Computer Assisted Language Learning (10 EC, facultatief)
Master's Thesis in Applied Linguistics (20 EC)
MA Work Placement in Applied Linguistics (10 EC, facultatief)

Check out the content of the courses on Ocasys: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-linguistics

Check out the content of the courses on Ocasys: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-linguistics

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
Waarom in Groningen?

The master's track Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen is a unique track focussing on the processes involved in second language learning, as well as teaching theories. The programme encompasses various fields of study, as learning and using a second language may be approached from many different angles. Students will explore and discuss the factors that relate to second language development, including cognition, psychology, social interaction, language teaching, and culture.

In addition to theoretical and teaching paradigms, students will also take classes in the research practices and methodology essential for conducting applied linguistics research. These classes will act as the foundation from which students will be able to conduct their own applied linguistics research in the form of the MA thesis in Semester 2. The master's track Applied Linguistics is a truly international programme, welcoming students from all over the world. The classes are taught entirely in English, and students are encouraged to use their own language experiences as the basis for their individual linguistic enquiries and research.Our programme is small, which means that students benefit from small, intimate classes and close collaborative relationships with the other students as well as instructors.

The master's track Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen is a unique track focussing on the processes involved in second language learning, as well as teaching theories. The programme encompasses various fields of study, as learning and using a second language may be approached from many different angles. Students will explore and discuss the factors that relate to second language development, including cognition, psychology, social interaction, language teaching, and culture.

In addition to theoretical and teaching paradigms, students will also take classes in the research practices and methodology essential for conducting applied linguistics research. These classes will act as the foundation from which students will be able to conduct their own applied linguistics research in the form of the MA thesis in Semester 2. The master's track Applied Linguistics is a truly international programme, welcoming students from all over the world. The classes are taught entirely in English, and students are encouraged to use their own language experiences as the basis for their individual linguistic enquiries and research. Our programme is small, which means that students benefit from small, intimate classes and close collaborative relationships with the other students as well as instructors.

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the programme and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

Elke mastertrack heeft een studieadviseur waar je terecht kunt als je vragen hebt of advies wilt over je studie en andere zaken rondom het studeren. Alles wat je bespreekt wordt vertrouwelijk behandeld. Bij complexe zaken verwijst de studieadviseur je door naar een studentendecaan.

Ook worden er cursussen aangeboden die je kunnen helpen om beter te kunnen studeren, bijvoorbeeld over studiestress en presenteren. Deze kun je volgen bij het Studenten Service Centrum (SSC).

  • Testimonial van Tim Kassenberg

    Interesting and well-balanced in terms of theory and research practice

    I found the programme for the master to be interesting and well-balanced in terms of theory and research practice. The first semester provided me with the information and analytical tools I needed for writing my thesis in the second semester. Even the dreaded statistics portion of the Research Methodology module turned out to be easier than I thought, due to the skills of the teachers and frequent practice.

    In the second semester, I was able to choose a thesis topic based on my own interests, which was really interesting and motivating. The regular thesis workshops and meetings with fellow students really helped with researching and writing the thesis.

    Tim Kassenberg

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    – Tim Kassenberg
  • Testimonial van Marleen van der Graaf

    What is the best way a language can be acquired in what situation?

    Teaching and learning aspects of a second or foreign language: This course focuses on a task based approach of learning a foreign language. This way of learning is considered on the background of older approaches, like the more old-fashioned way of focusing on grammar and specified exercises.

    During the course we try to find an answer on the question “what is the best way a language can be acquired in what situation?.” An interesting part is the designing of a learning task for a particular group by all Master students following this course. In creating a task, one has to take all kinds of influencing factors into account. It is nice too see all kinds of different approaches on how to teach other people a new language. It makes you aware of the complexity of a learning situation and attitudes of the learners: an interesting course which provides you a critical view on learner's approaches!

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    – Marleen van der Graaf
  • Testimonial van Student Saskia Evers

    Theoretical Perspectives on Language Learning and Teaching: a really interesting course!

    One of the first courses we had to attend last year was Theoretical Perspectives, which proved really interesting! Through the lecture, the book (written by the teachers themselves!) and the assignments we became familiar with many different perspectives in this area of applied linguistics.

    The course deals with many different insights, meaning that when one part of the course sounds less attractive to you, there will come a part that is more interesting!  
    In general, most assignments are fun to do as well and you will learn something by doing them, because you already will gain some research experience! However, the teachers will keep on telling you, you should start early with the assignments and all I can say is... listen to them!!  
    This is not to scare you, because all in all, I really liked this course!  

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    – Student Saskia Evers
  • Testimonial van Anna Pochynok

    In the future I would like to work in the field of TEFL materials development

    'Since I have more than six years of Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) experience, it was important for me to move forward in my career. To do so I felt it was necessary to get a more in-depth understanding of how languages are learned and which processes of the brain are involved in second language development as well as which teaching methods are more effective.

    Applied Linguistics is an intensive programme with lots of new information and skills to be learned. This ensures the study is challenging and engaging at the same time. In particular I like the statistics course as well as Second Language Development and the  Teaching Methodology seminars. The advanced level of teaching, and the fact that we work with the latest research findings in the field,  makes your knowledge suitable on the labour market.

    During my study I met lots of friends from around the world, which I think is a very valuable experience. I enjoy working in a digital environment as well as at the university library. I really like the staff of the university who are always willing to help. And I'm convinced their teaching methods approaches are the most effective for language learning.

    For the future I would like to work in the field of TEFL materials development since,  thanks to my studies, I gathered lots of interesting ideas.'

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    – Anna Pochynok
  • Testimonial van Virág Magasházi

    All of the teachers do their best to give students as much knowledge as they can

    I had the chance to spend a semester as an Erasmus student at the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen. I took part in the courses Research Methodology, Teaching Methodology, and Theories of Second Language Development. We learned different theories of language learning, acquisition and development, which helped us to think critically, also to be able to compare and evaluate these theories. Also we learned how to set up our own research.

    Overall, the Applied Linguistics MA at the University of Groningen is a well-organized programme in which all of the teachers, do their best to give students as much knowledge as they can. If someone has a problem or struggles with a task, the teachers immediately offer help, so no one is left behind.

    I really enjoyed the classes where I learned a lot of new concepts, ideas, critical thinking and writing in academic English. The group works were also exciting -  it was great to work together with other people then present our project and assignments. This half year was a big chance for me to study in an international environment which definitely improved and broadened my academic skills and knowledge. For an exchange student this department, this university and this city has been a perfect choice!

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    – Virág Magasházi
  • Testimonial van Allan Duan

    I have gained the experience tackling difficulties while doing research

    The Master's track Applied Linguistics in the University of Groningen has broadened my perspective and understanding of the English teaching. Moreover, through the study at the university I have gained the experience tackling difficulties while doing research.

    Writing the Ma thesis could be the most difficult but exciting part of this one-year programme. It could be very time-consuming to decide the subject and write the first paragraph. My supervisor, Prof. Kees de Bot, was such a person as would always leave you the freedom to have your own schedule, which enabled me to be highly self-organized and self-motivated.

    Despite all these difficulties such as having enough participants, collecting effective data and employing the correct SPSS techniques, the Applied Linguistic department offered full support to the whole process of writing the thesis. A meeting with the supervisor every week as well as having appointments with other professors were really helpful when I was working on my thesis.

    Studying and living in Groningen has left me beautiful memories, precious experiences and interesting classmates. I hope the future students could enjoy every moment of the life here in Groningen.

    Allan J. Duan

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    – Allan Duan
  • Testimonial van Muzakki Bashori

    I not only learn about the theory, but also I am equipped with the practical experience.

    In 2010, when I was an undergraduate student, I wrote a dream to study abroad with a scholarship, and five years later the dream came true! I was so thankful to God because, after endless efforts, I was finally awarded a full-scholarship from LPDP (Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education) and not long after that, I got admitted in a one-year master program at the University of Groningen. As an English teacher in Indonesia, this master program is really what I need.

    I not only learn about the theory, but also I am equipped with the practical experience. I believe that it will surely benefit me in the future as I would like to continue my career in teaching and education, especially TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

    Read more  about Muzakki and his student life experience in Groningen .

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    – Muzakki Bashori
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