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Specialised knowledge of more than one culture and language is increasingly important in contemporary multilingual society. With experts in English, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic and Spanish, the Master’s in Language, Literature and Education enables you to take classes in both the linguistics and literature of your target language and apply theory and practice to your chosen language context.

Programme structure

In the first semester, you will take core courses on language and literature teaching and learning, followed by specialisation courses on linguistics and literature. The linguistic strand of the programme focuses on language use, language variation and (foreign) language learning and teaching, while the literary strand zeroes in on the practical and conceptual ties between literature and education. The semester ends with a short group research paper preparing you for the final thesis. In the second semester, you will develop your personal interests by choosing an elective and/or doing an internship and writing a thesis focused on your target language in an educational context.

  • Multilingualism in the Classroom
    Period 1
  • Literature in the Classroom
    Period 1
  • Specialisation-specific course 1
    Period 2
  • Specialisation-specific course 2
    Period 2
  • Restricted-choice electives: Term Paper OR Thesis Seminar
    Period 3
  • Free-choice electives: recommended electives or internship
    Period 4
    Period 5
  • Master's Thesis Language, Literature and Education
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
Compulsory course
UvA Course Catalogue: Language, Literature and Education
  • Core courses

    The core courses on language and literature teaching deal with the theory and practice of teaching language and literary works, providing a theoretical background, but also including more practical components of pedagogy, such as motivation, individual learner variables, and interaction in the classroom. The core courses on linguistics focus on the acquisition of and variation in your language of specialisation. In the core courses on literature, you will focus on literary heritage, national identity, world literature and globalisation.

  • Electives

    The University of Amsterdam offers a large number of courses that may be chosen as an elective and that may serve you to further specialise in one of the components of the Master’s Language, Literature and Education or that can be used to broaden your academic view. Instead of doing an elective at the University of Amsterdam, for certain languages a course offered by Masterlanguage, a collaboration between Dutch universities, may be chosen. Currently, there are courses in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Classical languages. For more information, consult the programme coordinator. 

  • Internship

    You will have the opportunity to do an internship at Master’s level in the first block of the second semester. The internship must be related to the Master’s programme Language, Literature and Education. The internship must be approved by the programme’s internship coordinator. Internships involving teaching are excluded.

  • Term Paper Linguistics

    In this seminar, you will - together with your fellow students - choose and further develop the topic of your research paper on the basis of the core courses taken during your first semester. 

  • Thesis

    The Master’s thesis is an integral component of the programme and it enables you to write an original work of research related to the Master’s Language, Literature and Education in your language of specialisation, under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the thesis supervisor.

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Students in this programme specialise in linguistics, but they also widen their perspective on the literature and culture of their language of specialisation and on the pedagogy of these subjects. Dr Petra Sleeman
  • Part-time mode

    This programme is also offered in part-time study mode, in which case it takes 2 years. You can obtain a maximum of 30 ECTS per year (12-18 ECTS per semester). As a part-time student you will follow the programme together with full-time students. You will prepare your study plan for the part-time programme in consultation with the Master’s programme coordinator (See: Contact).

  • Credit transfer

    Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in the Research Master's programmes Literary Studies or Linguistics and Communication. Once students have been admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board will determine which courses qualify for transfer.