The university master's degree in Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts (LAALCM) is designed to train Spanish and international students to answer key questions in applied linguistics and second language acquisition in the world's numerous, diverse multilingual contexts. Students will learn to analyse these questions, develop a general understanding of the tools, techniques and methods required to answer them, and carry out their own research in a final project, in which they can apply the knowledge they have acquired.
The principal objectives are for students to understand the main phenomena in language acquisition, to learn about the latest research questions and results in the field of applied linguistics, to learn to transfer research results to teaching practice, and to acquire the independence to propose and carry out a basic applied research project.
The programme is closely linked to on-going developments in international research in the field of applied linguistics carried out by members of the teaching staff. Among other topics, this research focuses on the role of age, input, individual differences in second language acquisition, vocabulary acquisition, perception, second language production, bilingualism and multilingualism, content and language integrated learning, and specific methodological and technological aspects of applied linguistics research.
The course is divided into five modules:
- A bridging module, with a study load of 30 credits: Fundamental Principles of Educational Psychology / Linguistics (as required).
- Three standard modules, with a study load of 15 or 20 credits: Linguistics Applied to Second Language Acquisition, Research Methodology, and Second Language Acquisition.
- A research assignment module, with a study load of 15 credits.
Students will receive comprehensive training in theory and applied research that will enable them to enter Spanish and international doctoral programmes and to apply their knowledge to professional practice in applied linguistics, language teaching and language planning.
The general objectives of the master's degree are to train specialized researchers in the main phenomena of language acquisition and applied linguistics in general, who can transfer research results to teaching practice and carry out a basic applied research projects. The training will enable students to deepen their knowledge of applied linguistics, particularly with regard to foreign language acquisition and advances in new technologies for language research and learning. Students will develop greater knowledge and skills in relation to the new linguistic scenarios in in schools and general society, and will carry out reflexive teaching practice.