MA in English Applied Linguistics (MAEAL) is an innovative linguistics-based and labor-oriented postgraduate program within the local, regional and international communities. Though it is the first in Palestinian universities, MAEAL has been offered at various universities worldwide, as it is the latest trend with academic applications and professional potential. MAEAL strongly concentrates on the practical and theoretical skills and competencies required to work in several sectors. It is important to note that the proposed postgraduate Master’s program in English Applied Linguistics is in good concord with the undergraduate Bachelor’s program in applied English’ taught at PAU.

MAEAL will equip enrolled students with the competencies and skills they need to work as linguists, analysts, language instructors, and researchers across various organizations and sectors, offering their worldwide employability opportunities and job vacancies. Furthermore, higher education institutions, such as universities, colleges, language centers, and high schools, and companies or firms, such as banks, hotels, media, and oil companies, recruit well-educated graduates with both linguistic competencies and skills.

 

The program in English Applied Linguistics builds on Bloom’s dichotomies regarding the general domains of knowledge and comprehension, application and analysis, and evaluation and creation. Thus, it aims to help the students to master the following:

⮚ Cognitive and critical thinking skills
⮚ Applicable and transferable skills
⮚ Communicative and technical skills
⮚ Behavioral and ethical concerns
The alumni of the program are expected to:
1. Categorize, analyze and evaluate the language used in applied linguistics at both levels of syntax and semantics.
2. Synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information, theoretical claims and their applications in the main literacies of the various areas of applied linguistics.
3. Design curricula and /or syllabi plans based on the data provided or collected.
4. Generate a well-structured, clearly-written, and library-based academic and professional paper on one of the key topics related to the relevant areas of applied linguistics.
5. Apply innovative teaching methods and good language learner skills, strategies, styles and preferences in the various educational environments related to both worlds of TEFL and TESOL.
6. Conduct and submit an empirical investigation based on a well-established theory and professional concerns, including a clear statement of the research problem, objectives, questions, discussion, findings, conclusions and implications for pedagogy and research, and contributing to the basic knowledge of applied linguistics.
7. Apply qualitative, quantitative and mixed critical and analytical research method approaches to language study.
8. Assess various language-related skills using alternative/authentic assessment tools.
9. Give a well-organized, clear oral presentation to a specialist or semi-specialist on a key topic of applied linguistics.
10. Collaborate with other classmates in identifying and accomplishing research problems, plans, and proofreading tasks associated with studies they have conducted in the various areas of applied linguistics.
11. Highlight research ethics and concerns, including authorship identification, citation, privacy and confidentiality, when writing research and presenting its findings.
12. Manage time effectively when carrying out reading, research and related writing activities.

The proposed MA program in English Applied Linguistics fits into linguistic studies, which have theoretical and practical applications. The program’s areas can be subcategorized into applied linguistics and applied linguistics. The former refers to areas such as TEFL, TESOL, and translation that have been applied for ages. The latter, the main interest and focus of the program, minds other areas that can be applied. These areas, such as sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, curricula and syllabi, and SLA, are interdisciplinary. They can open the door wide for linguists to address the local community’s needs, collaborate with emerging technologies, study the rhetorical features of other discourses and genres, design language curricula and syllabi, and examine learning theories. In short, the program is expected to turn out:

·        Academicians who can work at private and public universities and colleges

·        Sociolinguists who can examine societal issues, such as notions of self-concept, identities, gender, sociocultural values., etc.

·         Language analysts who can analyze the rhetorical features of the discourse and genre at the macro- and micro-levels in the academic, professional, scientific and technological contexts

·          Language curricula and syllabi designers who can compile teaching materials and course plans, whether textual or multi-modal

·          Language instructors to teach English either as a second or a foreign language at private and public schools.

 

A list of the course titles and numbers to be taught at the program of MAEAL distributed as follows:

 

Program Requirements

 

Major courses 24 credit hrs. –thesis track & 27 credit hrs. -comprehensive exam track
Elective courses 6 credit hrs. –thesis track & 6 credit hrs. -comprehensive exam track
Master’s Thesis 6 credit hrs. [1]
Master’s Project 3 credit hrs. [2]
Total 36 credit hrs.