MA Second Language Learning


Program Description


This programme is designed for both graduates with teaching experience and practising language teachers and trainers who wish to build a career in modern languages and English as a foreign language. It enables students to make an effective contribution to language learning in their organisation through research, development and the application of newly acquired knowledge, and enhance career prospects in further and higher education. This is an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme which will help you to develop your transferable skills, valued in a wide range of careers. The programme will introduce you to research in applied languages, in particular, those research activities and themes that affect the language-learning environment, including second language acquisition and communicative language teaching. You will also explore research in language learning in relation to the practical learning environment and acquire the skills to write and use computer-aided language learning tools and conduct a research project in language learning and language teaching. The university is currently developing a new Centre for Applied Research & Outreach in Language Education, which will become a focal point for national and international research projects into second language studies. You will have the opportunity to attend research seminars and workshops and engage with our doctoral students and other research staff.


The Department of Literature, Language & Theatre is part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities. Our programmes develop the essential skills of communication, independent research and teamwork – all increasingly valued by employers in many fields. We ensure there is a good balance between theory and practice in all our programmes, developing academic and intellectual skills in tandem with practical application. We have a dedicated drama facility, Bathway Theatre, which has been recently refurbished with a fully equipped stage, six rehearsal studios, set workshop and wardrobe. A wide range of career opportunities is open to our graduates, ranging from education, publishing and advertising to public administration, speech therapy and IT. Our students are given the opportunity to develop fruitful relationships with companies working in their areas of study, and industry professionals provide valuable insight into current practice through guest presentations and lectures. Our lecturers are experts in their field with a wealth of industry experience and research interests. They are committed to student satisfaction and work hard to support each student’s individual learning needs. Our students study on the university’s Greenwich Campus, which is part of the Old Royal Naval College and on the banks of the River Thames. The university’s largest campus, it is centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century. The surrounding town is a bustling mix of shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as some of the most famous tourist attractions in the country. There are also direct rail links into central London.


• Second Language Acquisition (30 credits)

• Key Issues in Second Language Teaching (30 credits)

• Use of Information Technology in Language Learning (30 credits)

• Research Methods in Language Learning (30 credits)

• Research Project (60 credits)


Graduates can become teachers of languages in schools, colleges or universities, or run a language department.


A mixed pattern of learning and teaching activities includes lectures, seminars, structured discussions, case studies, tutorial and student-led sessions and independent study. A variety of assessment techniques are used, ranging from written essays and coursework to oral presentation and final dissertation. On this programme a substantial amount of reading and preparation is necessary, reflecting the range of topics covered by the individual courses.

Last updated Feb 2019

About the School

Greenwich has scooped top spot in the London league table for student satisfaction, for the second year running. In the latest Sunday Times University Guide league table, published on 12 September, th ... Read More

Greenwich has scooped top spot in the London league table for student satisfaction, for the second year running. In the latest Sunday Times University Guide league table, published on 12 September, the university is ranked 26th for student satisfaction, out of 122 institutions in the UK, putting it ahead of all other universities in the capital. Read less
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