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Welcome to the Department of Applied Linguistics at Swansea University. This is our blog site, which we will keep updated with news and events.

Our main university site is available here.

In our department we have a range of degree schemes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our degrees look at ways of analysing language knowledge, language use across contexts and time and in the TESOL schemes also relates this to teaching English to speakers of other languages. Our undergraduate (BA) degrees include both single and joint honours with English Language and TESOL.

In our English Language schemes, we look at:

  • how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts;
  • how language has developed over time;
  • how we learn our first language and subsequent languages;
  • how language operates in bilingual contexts;
  • how we produce and understand language in real time, as well as
  • how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar.
    In our TESOL schemes, we also look at the challenge of learning and teaching of English as a new language, including:

  • how different methods are used to teach language;
  • how children learn an additional language;
  • how theories of second language acquisition relate to teaching;
  • how current research into English Language Teaching informs practice.

We also offer BA students the opportunity to take the Cambridge CELTA qualification. This is a professional, internationally recognised English Language teaching to adults qualification.

We also have a taught Masters programme in TESOL/ TEFL.

We offer several research degrees including MA by Research, M.Phil and PhD.

The Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in many of the modules offered our degree schemes.

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their dissertations, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the Language Research Centre (LRC), a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students.

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

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