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University of Luton
Department of Linguistics


Address Vicarage Street, Luton, LU1 3JU, UK
Tel. No. +44(0) 1582 489019
Fax No. +44(0) 1582 743466
E-mail address
  • BA(Hons) Linguistics (incorporating TEFL)
  • BA(Hons) Contemporary English Language Studies
  • BA(Hons) Intercultural Communication
  • BA(Hons) Professional Communication (subject to validation)
  • BA(Hons) Language and Stylistics (joint only)
  • BA(Hons) Post-colonial Studies (joint only)
  • BA(Hons) TEFL (minor only)
  • BA(Hons) English Language (joint only)
  • MA Applied Linguistics (TEFL)
  • MA Intercultural Communication (subject to validation)
  • EFL courses at all levels from elementary to advanced.
  • International Foundation Course in Business
    ("IFC Business")
  • International Foundation Course in Humanities
    ("IFC Humanities")
  • PhD research studentships.
  • Type of course(s) All courses are offered full or part time.
    Length of course(s) BA courses: 3years full time; 6 years part time.
    MA courses: one calendar year from October to end of September.
    EFL classes: any length from one semester.
    IFC Business: one year ; IFC Humanities: one year.
    Luton Certificate TEFL: Intensive four-week course in July.
    Date of Commencement BA and MA courses start in the first week of October; EFL courses run from 4th October to 17th December and from 21st January to 30th June.
    Class size Varies from seminar size of 12-15 to lecture size of 60-80.
    Student accommodation Available either in Halls or with families.
    Cost / Fees BA courses: 5,400 per year
    MA courses : 5520 per year for overseas students.
    EFL courses: 1575 for one semester; 3150 per year for overseas students.
    Student grants / Financial assistance Not available
    Course director BA(Hons)Linguistics Mrs Ildi Halstead
    BA(Hons)Contemporary English Language Studies Mr Ed Hounslow
    BA(Hons)Intercultural Communication Dr Helen Spencer-Oatey
    BA(Hons)Post-colonial Studies Dr Chandra Balasubramanyam
    BA(Hons)TEFL (minor) Mr Ed Hounslow
    BA(H0ns)Professional Communication Dr John Wheatley
    MA Applied Linguistics (TEFL) Mrs Ildi Halstead
    MA Intercultural Communication Dr Vlad Zegarac
    EFL Mr Theo Maniski
    IFC Business and IFC Humanities Ms Clare Anderson
    Admission requirements
  • Good grades at secondary level
  • TOEFL score:550
  • IELTS score:5.5
  • Cambridge Advanced English Certificate A or B or University of Luton Higher A or B
  • Postgraduate courses: a first degree with at least a high 2.2 score.
  • MA Applied Linguistics: some experience in teaching English as a foreign language or qualification (eg. Trinity TESOL Certificate or equivalent) is essential.
  • The IFC programme and EFL cater for students with a wide range of English levels.
  • National / Overseas students 56%- 44%
    Men / Women 29% - 71%
    Age range 18 - 63 years
    Contact person for application Andy Russell (Programme Administrator)
    For postgraduate information and brochure please contact:
    Karen Forsyth (Assistant Faculty Registrar - Postgraduate Admissions)


    Course/Program description

    The Linguistics programme offers a broad range of courses that combine both theoretical and practical approaches. It includes the following areas of study: language structure and pronunciation, first and second language acquisition, the role of language in society, the meaning of words and the use of language, the place of language in the human mind and the history of thinking about language. It also incorporates the subject of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

    Intercultural Communication focuses on verbal communication, highlighting cultural differences in language use and the possible causes of miscommunication across cultures. The programme also selects a range of modules from the Linguistics Field.

    Professional Communication aims to explore verbal communication in a professional context with a range of Linguistics modules.

    Post-colonial Studies
    The course examines the nature and the effect of the colonial experience on a wide range of societies. The approach is multi-disciplinary: modules introduce subjects such as colonial and post-colonial history, immigration and multi-culturalism, varieties of English and representation of class, race and gender.

    Contemporary English Language Studies (CELS) is designed especially for the non-native speaker of the English language in mind. Therefore it incorporates a ‘core’ of carefully sequenced and compulsory EFL modules. The other ‘option’ modules are taken from the Linguistics programme where CELS students study together with other non-native and British students.

    Students whose level of English is not yet high enough to enter the three-year programme can register for a foundation year: CELS Level 0. This takes the student from roughly Cambridge FCE to CAE or Luton Exam levels 6 to 8. Students only able to come for one or two years can study for a Certificate (one year) or a Diploma (two years) in Higher Education. The course will, therefore, be of interest to students on exchange programmes. CELS provides opportunities to study vocational courses such as Business and Professional Communication.

    International Foundation Courses
    The International Foundation Course in Business provides EFL and Business modules and is designed as a one year foundation programme for students wishing to go on to a Business degree. Similar ICFs prepare students for Humanities and Science degrees.

    TEFL. The University of Luton is one of the largest centres for TEFL training in Britain. We offer high quality teaching, friendly atmosphere and excellent facilities including a well stocked library and a Computer Centre with full listening and CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) facilities. Courses:

    * a four week intensive course in July (University of Luton Certificate in TEFL)
    * Trinity Certificate in TESOL: a two-year course. (Places on this programme are limited due to the requirements of teaching practice. Interviews are arranged)
    * TEFL Minor - six undergraduate modules taken over three years to complement a Major Degree.

    English as a Foreign Language
    This is available at 3 levels: Intermediate, Higher Intermediate and Advanced. Students can come for one or two semesters and there is also a Summer School. Advanced students can take ‘option ‘ modules from the undergraduate programmes and study alongside British students.

    MA Applied Linguistics (TEFL) is a postgraduate course for native and non-native speakers of English. It focuses on topics such as the language systems and their teaching, language in use, the methodology of Language Teaching, current issues in TEFL and teaching practice.

    MA Intercultural Communication offers the topics of the undergraduate degree at a higher level.

    Department of Linguistics
    The Department brings together specialist staff with interests in theoretical and applied linguistics, the role of the English language in the modern world, international and intercultural communication and English as a foreign language. There are three main research groups within the Department: 1) Language acquisition, 2) Pragmatics and Discourse 3) Post-Colonial Studies. In the Higher Education Funding Council of England assessment the Department obtained a rating of 21 out of the total of 24 points with ‘excellent’ in teaching and learning, in learning resources and in quality assurance. The Department fosters a lively working environment which is reflected in the recent hosting of three major international conferences. There are a number of collaborative research projects in progress. The Department is the first university in Britain to offer a BA honours degree in Intercultural Communication, and is one of only three British universities running courses in the history of linguistics.


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