Can you learn a second language the same way you learned your mother tongue? What is the best way to test the language proficiency level of your students? Find out in this programme.

This one-year Master's programme focuses on foreign language teaching. It offers theoretical insights to help assess language-teaching methods and applied linguistics research. You will study the process of learning and the use of second languages. The programme allows you to specialise in your language of choice, for instance, Dutch as a second language, but also French, German, Swedish or any other language.

You will approach second language acquisition from many different angles, including psychology, social interaction and language teaching. You will be introduced to the field of linguistics, language acquisition, and language teaching theory.

The program focuses especially on Dynamic System Theory, which explains how cultural differences become bodily differences. You will learn about the social, cultural and political processes that play a role in using a language or that may cause the use of a second language to decline. You will explore didactic applications of recent research and theoretical developments, and learn about computer-assisted language learning.

Why Groningen?

  • Unique master in second language learning and teaching theories (L2)
  • Small groups and individual attention
  • Truly international environment

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Job perspectives

After completing this programme, you can pursue a career in research, or set up language teaching projects. You are also equipped to take positions on the European level that deal with issues of language policy.

Job examples

  • language research
  • language education
  • language policy
  • language testing
  • curriculum development
  • publishing

Admission Requirements

English proficiency

Part of the entry requirements is your English proficiency. If you are not a native English speaker or hold a Dutch VWO diploma, you will need to provide proof of your English language proficiency. The following test scores are accepted:

  • TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills)
  • CEFR level C1
  • IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items)

A completed English taught Bachelor or Masters degree at a Dutch research university or in a native English speaking country may exempt you from the English language requirement. Contact the admissions office to see if you are exempt.

Previous education:

BA in modern languages, linguistics or education.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Office and the Admissions Board.

Additional requirements

In addition, applicants are required to provide:

  • A motivation letter
  • Two letters of recommendation

Tuition fees and application deadlines

EU tuition fees: € 2,083 per year

Non-EU tuition fees: € 12,500 per year

Application deadline: May 1st, 2019 (course starts September 1, 2019)

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Last updated October 18, 2018
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