Applied Linguistics and TESOL

The growing importance of English as a global language has radically changed the needs, objectives, and realities in the area of the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language. Therefore, professionals who are not only highly proficient in the English language but also have the necessary teaching skills and competencies are in great demand. Moreover, the ability to teach with both cultural and linguistic sensitivity is even more valuable.

With its dual focus, the Master program ‘Applied Linguistics and TESOL’ will provide you with an understanding of the complex relationship between language use and context, as well as a strong theoretical and practical foundation in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Why should you choose this program?

This degree will provide you with:

  • A critical understanding of key issues and debates in many areas of Applied Linguistics and of how these relate to English Language Teaching.
  • A body of knowledge that will enhance your ability to undertake language teaching at a range of levels in different cultural and institutional contexts.
  • The ability to reflect, analyse and critically evaluate language teaching and learning concepts and theories, and to understand and examine the assumptions underlying different classroom practices.
Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Key competencies and skills

On successful completion you will be able to

  • Articulate the complex roles that language plays in human interactions in a range of professional and social contexts.
  • Critically analyse communicative interactions from a range of theoretical perspectives, drawing on both established and cutting-edge theories of language and grammar.
  • Critically evaluate bodies of research literature in the fields of applied linguistics and language education.
  • Creatively design or adjust a second or foreign language curriculum in line with current evidence-based practice.
  • Appraise language teaching materials, techniques and approaches with reference to language learning theories, learning context, and learner goals.
  • Select or design language assessment tasks or tests that are appropriate to the purpose of the assessment, in line with current research-based practice.
  • Apply a range of theoretical perspectives to understanding the complexities of language classrooms and the interactions that occur within such classrooms.
  • Conceive and formulate research questions relating to language in use and language learning, and design research to address such questions.
  • Synthesise findings in diverse areas of second language acquisition research in order to propose creative solutions to problems faced by language learners and language teachers.

About the program

Admission procedure

International applicants may find additional information concerning Admission procedure before and after arrival or fill in an on-line application if they have already made a decision.


Internships and practice:

Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping

Learn more about MSc Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Contact details

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Institute of Humanities