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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.
You’ll use theories, methods and problem-based approaches that address real-world language issues. The Master of Applied Linguistics focuses on second-language acquisition and language use in an increasingly globalised and digitally mediated world.
Explore areas such as contextually relevant teaching of languages, reflective practices to enhance teaching and learning, and the sociocultural demands of language learning and teaching.
Massey’s research strengths include:
Master’s study includes a research component. On the Master of Applied Linguistics you’ll complete a research report (60 credits) or thesis (120 credits). Recent areas of student research include:
“I feel more knowledgeable, and have a firmer theoretical base on which to draw on and justify decisions I make about classroom practices and pedagogical underpinnings. That has been fantastic…”
I also became aware of how much I had to extend my thinking in terms of engaging in higher order processes of evaluating and synthesizing information. Prior to this journey I was well aware I spent a lot of time reflecting, but doing a more in-depth analysis of thoughts and readings created a number of light bulb/eureka moments - most often in the middle of the night!
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.
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