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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:
- Heritage language learning
- Mother tongue maintenance
- Online second-language communities
- Distance/online language learning
- Sociocultural adjustment of international students and their teachers to their presence in New Zealand universities
- Language learning and emotion
- Oral proficiency
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:
- Investigating needs of non-income earning students in community English classes
- The development of teacher identity among student teachers in Thailand
- Navigating cultural conflict and dissonance in the immigrant ESL classroom
- The role of motivational beliefs in self-regulated learning for Kanji acquisition
- Vocational tertiary students’ imagined experiences of learning English with native speakers in an Indonesian rural setting
- Perceptions of Bhutanese students, parents and teachers of their learning progress in a New Zealand secondary school
- A case study of teacher beliefs and student attitudes on L1 use in multilingual classrooms.
Students must complete Part One in order to progress to Part Two.
At least a B grade average is required in the Part One courses for progression to Part Two – Coursework Pathway
At least a B+ grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two – Research Pathway
- A Bachelor degree with at least a B grade average across the 200-300 level courses AND
- At least one full-time year of relevant teaching experience (or equivalent)
- A Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching
- A Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics
Note: Students admitted following completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching or a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics may be granted direct entry to Part Two. At least a B+ grade average is required for entry to the Research Pathway; at least a B grade average is required for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
Massey University Masterate Scholarship
Masterate Scholarships are offered for the purpose of encouraging postgraduate research at Massey University. Applicants must be enrolled or eligible to enrol full-time in a 120 credit research programme towards a Masters degree at Massey University.
Massey University Masterate Scholarship for Māori Students
Masterate Scholarships for Māori students are offered for the purpose of encouraging postgraduate research at Massey University. Applicants must be enrolled or eligible to enrol full-time in a 120 credit research programme towards a Masters degree.