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Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching (English and Chinese), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching (English and Chinese) at the Richmond, the American International University in London pathways is based upon a 3-CA Principle (Communicative Approach, Contrastive Analysis and Culture Awareness) in language learning and teaching, with emphasis on developing innovative teaching methods and techniques suited to target language learners. 

The primary focus and strength of this programme is developing knowledge and skills in language teachers so that they can best facilitate the learning of Chinese or English languages.

Key Facts
  • One year full-time (FT) programme based in Central London, taught in English. Two years part-time (PT) is being planned to be available in due course
  • Integration of theory and practice, with focus on knowledge and competence based skills and techniques in language study, language learning, and language teaching
  • Taught by leading academics and language practitioners
  • Contextualised in a small but truly international university community with students and faculties from over 100 countries
  • A global perspective with American and British education heritage
  • Opportunity for accredited internship
  • In partnership with universities and in association with professional language institutions and organisations in the UK and abroad
  • Small class size and faculty supervision

The programme brings academics, applied linguists, and language teaching practitioners together to offer:

  • a thorough grounding in theoretical and methodological issues related to the learning and teaching of language,
  • a firm understanding of the impacts that language policy and technologies have on language learning and teaching,
It is designed to:
  • equip students with professional language teaching skills and experience that prepare them for a rewarding future career,
  • develop an enhanced awareness and practical competence in conducting applied research to solve problems encountered in teaching in today’s multilingual societies

Students are encouraged to complete an internship in order to gain more practical skills and to apply their knowledge in the workplace.The Accredited Internship

The Accredited Internship provides an invaluable opportunity for students to deploy the knowledge and skills learned in courses in a real world setting. Although internship opportunities may exclude direct language teaching in certain sponsoring organisations, all are related to language learning and teaching. Students will be challenged to relate classroom situations to the workplace, make contacts valuable to their future employment prospects, and gain confidence in their capabilities, creativity and communication skills.

The Internship is supervised, and students are required to reflect on what they have learned and how it is relevant to what they are doing on the internship programme. Students are assessed through a combination of regular logs, oral presentation and critical reflective writing on their experiences. In an increasingly competitive graduate careers market, internships are an invaluable opportunity that not only supplement the theoretical lessons of the programme but also provide a direct link to careers and further opportunities. The internship is conducted in the Summer months.


Accredited by Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Language Learning and Language Teaching
  • Course Design, Development and Assessment
  • Chinese/English Language and Teaching
  • Language Policies, Markets and Technologies
  • Research in Language Learning and Pedagogy
  • Graduate Internship
  • Research Thesis
  • Extended Research Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Students who require a visa to study in the UK should apply by 1st July. UK or EU nationals should apply by 1st August.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

US Bachelors degree from an accredited institution, or UK first degree with minimum second class honours, or an overseas equivalent as determined by the University. Relevant work experience is welcomed and may on occasion be accepted in lieu of a first degree, but is not required. Students who are neither nationals of a majority English speaking country, nor have completed a full programme equivalent to a UK first degree taught within such a country, proof of English language proficiency is required (see postgraduate admission). 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

£3,500 PT per year for EEA students

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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