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Testimonials from students

Testimonials from students and alumni


Katy Nahornava, Belarus (2015-2016):

The year dedicated to the MA in English Literature and Linguistics has been the most enriching and interesting in my experience as a student so far. After completing the English philology degree in the University of Granada, I knew that I would continue the path towards the academic world in the same university. Even though I could not really choose all the courses that I wanted because of my limited schedule due to my job, I must say that I enjoyed all of them. The lecturers are not only experts in their field, but also very passionate about their work, which for me is really important. Furthermore, the focus on individual research fostered by the lecturers and the almost complete freedom of choosing a topic you are most fond of for your essays, make the study itself more bearable and interesting and also this MA programme more attractive.

Being determined to do my research on Pragmatics or Descriptive Linguistics before I started the course, it was precisely one of our professor's passion towards literature that made me change my mind. For me, this MA opened the gates towards literary criticism, in general, and ecocriticism, in particular, and gave me the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally.

Thus, for all of you who want to initiate a research career, this Master's degree is highly recommendable, because it provides you with all the necessary tools and guidance.

Tina Hadžić, Bosnia (2015-2016):

I was fortunate enough to obtain a full scholarship for studying at the University of Granada, where I completed my MA in English linguistics and literature. Studying at the said program was a stepping stone for my academic and professional goals. There are three components of the program that I value in particular: variety of courses it offers to its students, its international dimension and professional teaching staff.

At the very beginning of the program, students are offered to choose from a variety of courses relating to literature, linguistics and discourse analysis. This way, they are given the opportunity to study the courses of their own liking and further narrow down the area of their research interest, bringing them that much closer to pursuing their PhD studies.

As a foreigner, I was happy to be immersed in the Spanish culture, learning the language and the ways of the Spaniards. However, I cannot deny that my value of the program increased as I came to realize that the student body was not homogeneous. The international dimension of the program is a quality one has to appreciate greatly living in a global village as it is.

The professors teaching at the program are experts in their respective fields, who are always willing to assist students, be it providing an additional explanation of the study matter or additional study materials. The classes they organize are highly interactive, students are invited to answer, question, comment and criticize, further developing their critical thinking. The attitude professors had towards students and their ways of teaching have helped me at
times when I was having struggles managing my workload.

I would recommend this MA to all of those who are thirsty for knowledge and willing to make progress. I am certain that it will prove to be an experience you will fondly remember, much like I do nowadays.

Cristina Lara-Clares, Granada (2015-2016):

My experience in this program has been truly inspiring and rewarding. A student of the University of Granada myself, I greatly enjoyed the international atmosphere of the MA, which is surely one of the key strengths of the program. This MA is also characterised by its heterogeneity, due to the variety of courses that are offered, covering the areas of literature, descriptive linguistics and applied linguistics, and second due to the variety of backgrounds of the students in the program. Expertise, on the other hand, is shown by professors in every single course, no matter how wide or specific the topic is. This allows students to choose from a great variety of topics for the final essays of each course as well as for the MA thesis, which represents approx. a quarter of the total workload of the MA. Besides, a 10ECTS module is offered for a practicum in bilingual schools, a valuable opportunity for those interested in SLA, bilingualism or even TEFL. I highly recommend this program to not only to everyone interested in pursuing an academic career but also to students that want to widen their knowledge in English studies.

From Javier González Roldán (Spain), academic year 2009-10:

My name is Javier and I am a Spanish graduate student. I have just completed a degree on Translation Studies (with a double major in English and Chinese) at the University of Granada and I am currently enrolled in the MA in English Literature and Linguistics. The reason why I decided to take this MA is that it provides its students with a comprehensive overview of the most important topics in the fields of Applied Linguistics and the Methodology of Language Teaching. I’m pretty sure that I will soon be able to apply the knowledge I have gained to my future research projects and professional activities—i.e. to the teaching and learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language.

This MA offers a wide variety of specialized courses. These are taught completely in English, which has given me the opportunity to meet international students from all around the world. Furthermore, the MA includes the possibility of conducting a teaching practice module in higher education at the Faculty of Arts. I wholeheartedly recommend this MA as it can decisively contribute to the development of a professional career for future linguists, language teachers and researchers.

Chinese version of Javier González Roldán's Testimonial here

Spanish version here

From Estera Marciniak (Poland), academic year 2009-10:

The MA programme in English Linguistics and Literature offered by Granada University is, in my opinion, very beneficial and compelling. Not only the lectures are truly interesting but also each of us had the opportunity to choose what we prefer, whether it is purely linguistics or literature or a mixture of both. All of the lecturers are helpful and supportive in every step of our education. Whenever needed, I could feel free to contact them and ask for a piece of advice. Apart from that, there is a very interesting teaching module, either at the university or in a bilingual high school. For people who want to pursue their career as teachers, the teaching module can be very rewarding. Personally, I have chosen and I recommend the bilingual high school teaching practice. I was enjoying it a lot and also improved my teaching skills. Moreover, it helped me to find a job I have always been dreaming about. All of the above mentioned benefits made my studies far more enriching than I had expected.

From Ysneydi Castillo (Venezuela), academic year 2008-09:

My experience as a student in the MA in English Linguistics and Literature at the University of Granada has been extraordinary. In the first place, a year abroad is a tremendously enlightening experience, in both academic and personal terms.
Also, the University of Granada is one of the most prestigious and important universities in Spain, which is patently demonstrated by the professional standards of its faculty, the organization of its seminars and lectures, and in general, the quality of the services it provides.
In Granada I had the opportunity to be taught by an international team of lecturers and professors, which together with the fact that numerous international students also flock into the University of Granada, contributed to give a definitively multicultural flavour to the year I spent here.
The MA program offers a variety of choices from the fields of linguistics, applied linguistics, and literature, to suit the needs of each student. In my particular case, I took more literature courses; but I also took some seminars on applied linguistics, which I also found very useful for my career as an educator.
The process of preparation of my MA thesis was particularly fruitful, because it encouraged me to develop my own potential as a researcher. All in all, I think that my stay in Spain provided me not just with the kind of academic credentials to obtain a good job in the field of higher education upon return to my country: it also taught me to keep striving for personal and professional excellence.



For more information

Máster Universitario en Literatura y Lingüística Inglesas (335.56.1)

Dpto. de Filologías Inglesa y Alemana

Coordinadora: Margarita Carretero González (carreter@ugr.es)