Introduction to Applied Linguistics and TESOL: free course

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Introduction to Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Get an introduction to applied linguistics and how linguistics is applied in a range of fields – from language teaching to law.

Introduction to Applied Linguistics and TESOL

This online course introduces the field of applied linguistics and how it relates to disciplines including linguistics and language teaching.

You’ll explore real-world examples of applied linguistics, such as forensic linguistics and language assessment. You’ll look at the field’s impact on important issues – for example, reducing gender bias in language use and simplifying legal language.

You’ll find out what applied linguists do through a series of case studies. Specialists will work through problems and show you applied linguistic research methods to solve them.

What topics will you cover?

  • Have you ever met an applied linguist?
  • Language and the big decisions in life
  • Inspiring language learning
  • The social role of pronunciation
  • Investigating language in use
  • Joining the Applied Linguistics and TESOL community at Leicester

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Demonstrate understanding of the key areas of applied linguistics and how these can be related to language teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of applied linguistics, including language structure, language acquisition and language use in relation to culture, society, communication.
  • Explore the role of language within the broader field of communication, particularly in language teaching and learning.
  • Collect language data, organize it appropriately, and carry out initial linguistic analysis of that data.
  • Reflect on and value diverse perspectives on language use and language users in society.
  • Contribute knowledgeably to discussions on contemporary linguistic issues in a multilingual society.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for:

  • anyone interested in linguistics and language teaching, and thinking of a career in these fields
  • people considering a postgraduate degree in applied linguistics or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • professionals already working in applied linguistics or related fields, who want an update on current thinking and practice.

Who will you learn with?

pamela rogerson revell

pamela rogerson revell

I’m an associate professor in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Leicester. I research and teach in several areas of applied linguistics and TESOL including online language learning.

Who developed the course?

The University of Leicester is a leading research led university with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching. It is consistently ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom.

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