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The Linguistics programme offers you the unique opportunity to make your own program. You can choose from a wide range of interesting topics in the field, split them into, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistic, and second language learning and linguistic varieties. You will collaborate with top researchers. In fact you will be in the middle of research environment where important discoveries are being made to be made and and the chances are that you will be involved in some of them.

You can choose from the following specializations:

General programme in Linguistics: This specialization allows you to make your own program by combining courses that fit your profile. For example, you can focus on grammatical theory, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics. The internship in the Centre for Language Studies Colloquium can be part of your program. You can choose one language specializations (English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch) and courses that are offered in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dutch Linguistics: Dutch as a second language. The courses are entirely oriented in English and this goes for specialization Dutch Linguistics. The only course in Dutch language will be: Nederlands als tweede taal (NT2)

English Language and Linguistics: English Language and Linguistics offer you the opportunity to explore the typical "Anglicist" 'activities and the distribution of descriptions in English for all language levels (phonetics, syntax, pragmatics, etc.). England was Christianised relatively early compared to its west-Germanic neighbors (Frisian, Dutch and Germans). As Christianity brought with it a written culture this has led English to achieve continuous historical record of texts covering more than a thousand years.

French Linguistics: French linguistics introduces you to research currently carried out in the French department, where one of the main centers of interest is the linguistic exploitation and exploration of the international PFC (Projet Phonologie du Français contemporain) corpus. The course related to this topic focuses on the main phonological and phonetic aspects of modern French. It will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of several empirical sources and methodological issues will be addressed.

German Linguistics: German Linguistics focuses on speech analysis (cognitive linguistics), combining it with language acquisition research and language teaching research (applied linguistics), and also discussing didactic aspects. This also determines the choice of linguistic topics, for instance idioms and particles, i.e. those issues that are known to be 'difficult' and/or require their own didactical approach. Among these topics, 'spoken language' plays an important role.

Language and Communication Coaching: This specialization offers a unique and rigorous program combined with a solid theoretical basis:

• English linguistics;
• Learning a second language;
• Business communication;
• Learning English for special purposes.

You will learn to analyse a client's needs, and how to design the training module to fit those needs. Transferring language and communication skills through interactive methods, adapting quickly to groups of varying sizes and levels, and picking effective teaching methods are part of the course.

Location: Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Duration: 1 year

Start month: September

Specializations: General programme in Linguistics, Dutch Linguistics, English Language and Linguistics, French linguistics, German Linguistics, Spanish linguistics, Language and Communication Coaching

Possible career: lecturer, editor, leader of linguistic research project consultant in business or politics.

Awards: This program was declared number one Keuzegids Masters 2014

Application requirements:

  • Copy of ID card;
  • Bachelor diploma (original and translated into English);
  • Motivation letter;
  •  Proof of proficiency in English;
  • IELTS certificate with a minimum of 6 points; TOEFL Internet version at least 80; TOEFL computer version 213; Cambridge Advanced rated "C".
  • Application in the system OSIRIS

Requirements for language specializations:

• Dutch linguistics: Bachelor program in Dutch language and culture.
• German linguistics: Bachelor program in German language and culture.
• English language and linguistics: Bachelor program in English language and culture.
• French linguistics: Completed undergraduate program in French language and culture.
• Spanish linguistics: Bachelor program in Spanish language and culture ..
• Language and Communication Coaching: Bachelor Programme in Business communications available or English language and culture or equivalent

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