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Program Name: MA in English Language by Distance
Alternate Name: MA ELD
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Institution: Lancaster University
Address: Department of Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University
City: Lancaster
Zip/Postal Code: LA1 4YT
State/Province: Lancs
Country: United Kingdom
Contact Person: Elaine Heron, Mrs

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Phone: +44 (0)1524 593050
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): English
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: The MA English Language is a blended learning scheme, consisting of a number of intensive one-day residentials and distance learning. It is designed for part-time study alongside a full-time job. A feature of this programme is that the residentials take place in London.

The MA reflects the scholarship of the English Language department at Lancaster and takes a broad view of what constitutes English Language studies. It focuses on the description and explanation of the English language, including its structure, functions and social contexts of use. This MA is designed to appeal to a wide audience, including people who want to gain a further qualification in English Language or those, such as teachers of the A-level in English Language in the UK, who have taught English Language and want to consolidate their background. (N.B. English language here refers to the study of the English language as an academic subject, not the practice of English).

Our Department is well-known for its advanced study and research in English Language. Our staff members have produced major descriptions of English grammar and phonetics, as well as studies in areas such as discourse analysis, sociolinguistics (including the study of accents and dialects), literary stylistics and English language teaching. Staff members include leading figures such as Jonathan Culpeper, Elena Semino, Paul Baker and Veronika Koller.

Each of the six modules, which take place in series over two years, begins with a one-day face-to-face session on a Saturday at Lancaster University’s outlet in London. The remainder of the course is taught via the web, with assessment via coursework and learning supported by an online forum. The final year involves a dissertation supported by an individual supervisor.
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