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University Master's Degree in Spanish and English as Second Languages/Foreign Languages

Objectives & career options

General objectives

  1. Train for research in the field of Applied Linguistics second language teaching / foreign languages ¿¿with application to Spanish and / or English in particular, so that students can access, once the Master, to the preparation of a doctoral thesis in any of the following individuals:
    • Spanish L2/FL
    • English L2/FL
    • Spanish and English L2/FL
    • Theoretical perspectives on teaching and acquisition of second languages / foreign languages.
  2. Train play, effectively, professional work in teaching Spanish and / or English as a second language / foreign language.

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Structure 

 

Structure of the Master’s Degree: credits and subject groups

 

Type of subject

Credits

Compulsory (OB)

15

Optional (OP)

30

Work Experience (OB)

3

Master’s final project (OB)

12

TOTAL CREDITS

60

 

Distribution of subjects by module

 

SEMESTER 1

30 ECTS

SEMESTER 2

30 ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

LINGUISTICS APPLIED TO TEACHING SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

OB

6

NEW INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES IN TEACHING SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGES

OB

6

LINGUISTIC BASES FOR COURSE PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT IN TEACHING SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGES

OB

3

SPECIALISATION ROUTE

SPANISH L2/FL ROUTE

ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

SPANISH/ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

OP

9

SPECIALISATION ROUTE

SPANISH L2/FL ROUTE

ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

SPANISH/ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

OP

21

WORK EXPERIENCE

OB

3

MASTER’S FINAL PROJECT

OB

12

 

Routes

The three routes included on the Master’s degree course have been designed to respond to the specialist interests of potential students.

  • Spanish L2/FL is designed for students seeking specialist training in teaching Spanish as a second/foreign language, and who wish to continue in this line of research for their doctoral thesis. Students opting for this specialisation must take the group of subjects providing advanced instruction in linguistic aspects pertaining to teaching Spanish at different levels (phonetics, grammar and lexicon), communication skills (oral comprehension and expression, and written comprehension and expression), specific methods and types of activities for teaching/learning Spanish at different skill levels, integrating Spanish literature and culture into teaching Spanish L2/FL, and understanding the sociocultural context of the language, as well as specific lines and methods of research in these areas.
  • English L2/FL is designed for students seeking specialist training in teaching English as a second/foreign language, and who wish to continue in this line of research for their doctoral thesis. Students opting for this specialisation must take the group of subjects groups providing advanced instruction in linguistic aspects pertaining to teaching English at different levels (phonetics, grammar and lexicon), communication skills (oral comprehension and expression, and written comprehension and expression), specific methods and types of activities for teaching/learning English at different skill levels, integrating English literature and culture into teaching English L2/FL, and understanding the sociocultural context of the language, as well as specific lines and methods of research in these areas.
  • Spanish/English L2/FL combines the study of various levels in one language (Spanish or English) with teaching in skills, literature and culture in the other language.  Consequently, students choosing this route will obtain a global perspective of the methods, materials, activities and strategies, etc., that comprise the components and skills and use of literature and culture, involved in teaching second/foreign languages. The course also covers specific methods and lines of research in these subjects, similar to the monolingual routes. The linguistic elements of the two languages are examined from two complementary perspectives: levels and skills. Added to this is the advantage of a bilingual education and a dual perspective of linguistic analysis, as well as the advantage brought by studying these same contents from and in two different languages.

The three routes involve the same studies in terms of the conceptual tools that students need to deal with the challenges of research in teaching second/foreign languages and the search for suitable responses to the questions that can be raised by the factors involved in the process of teaching and learning second languages. They also help to focus students’ linguistic interests. Consequently, those opting for a monolingual route will specialise in the language chosen, whereas the lesser specialisation in one of the languages of those choosing the bilingual option will be compensated with a richer and broader perspective of linguistic insight, which is ideal in the multilingual and multicultural Europe of today for the process of teaching a foreign language.

SPANISH L2/FL ROUTE

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

PHONETICS. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

GRAMMAR. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN SPANISH L2/FL TEACHING

OP

3

LEXICON. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

3

 

ORAL COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

 

 

ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

PHONETICS. ENGLISH L2/HIM

OP

6

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

GRAMMAR. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN ENGLISH L2/FL TEACHING

OP

3

LEXICON. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

3

 

ORAL COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

 

 

SPANISH AND ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

OPTION A

PHONETICS. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

GRAMMAR. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN ENGLISH L2/FL TEACHING

OP

3

LEXICON. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

3

 

ORAL COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

 

OPTION B

PHONETICS. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

GRAMMAR. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN SPANISH L2/FL TEACHING

OP

3

LEXICON. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

3

 

ORAL COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

 


General course programme

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Distinctive Features

 

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Resources and Facilities

 

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Further Education

After completing an official Master's degree, students can take a PhD degree or third-cycle university studies, related to the Master's degree they have completed or to related areas. A list with all PhD degrees offered by the University of Alicante at:

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Career Opportunities

Focus

Professional and research.

The Master’s degree constitutes a training period for the Doctorate in Spanish and English as Second/Foreign Languages. To this end, the course includes teaching on research methodology in the field of Applied Linguistics as it pertains to teaching second/foreign languages, on the theories that have shaped or continue to shape research in this field, and on the application of new technologies in this area. The course also covers the latest advances in linguistic levels and the different aspects of communicative competence in English and/or Spanish, the specific problems posed by the peculiarities of each language, the use of literature and culture in developing linguistic competency in Spanish and/or in English, and specific lines and methods of research in these subjects.

Students that complete the 60 credits of the Master’s course will therefore be equipped to produce a doctoral thesis on one of the following lines of research:

  • Spanish L2/FL
  • English L2/FL
  • Spanish/English L2/FL
  • Theoretical perspectives in teaching and acquiring second/foreign languages (with emphasis on Spanish and/or English).

The Master’s course also prepares students for professional practice in teaching Spanish and/or English as second/foreign languages, as well as in other fields, such as the design of materials for teaching Spanish and/or English as second/foreign languages.

Degree course specialisation profile

Introduction to research into Spanish and/or English as second/foreign languages.

Master’s degree profession profiles 

Professions for which the degree qualifies its holder.

  1. In accordance with the academic and research profile cited above, the Master’s Degree course equips students to conduct research in the field of Applied Linguistics as it pertains to teaching second/foreign languages, in this case Spanish and/or English.
  2. Whilst the above is the main objective of the course, the teaching provided on the latest advances in linguistic models and methods, and on specific aspects of Spanish and/or English as second/foreign languages, etc., prepares students for professional practice in teaching Spanish and/or English as second/foreign languages, as well as in other fields, such as designing materials for teaching Spanish and/or English as second/foreign languages.

 

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