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Applied Linguistics

Are you interested in human language and the way it has been formed and adapted throughout civilisation? Study Applied Linguistics at Waikato and you'll explore the complex world of language theories and methods, and the solution of practical problems associated with language.

We offer an interdisciplinary field of study which brings together ideas from linguistics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, education and languages into an unique area focused on the learning and teaching of second languages.

By studying Applied Linguistics you'll explore the issues associated with learning a foreign language in a programme that is leading the way in development and use of online learning.

Our graduate level papers open up interesting academic and professional careers in language education generally, and second language teaching in particular.

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Study Locations: Hamilton
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Prescriptions for the PGCert(AppLing), PGDip(AppLing) and MA(Applied)

The MA(Applied) is offered on-campus in Hamilton and may be taken full or part-time. The programme comprises taught papers or equivalents amounting to 120 points. In addition to the core paper APPL501, students are required to take 90 further points from papers listed for the MA(Applied). With the approval of the Programme Convenor of General and Applied Linguistics, students may take APPL591, APPL592 or APPL593 in lieu of taught papers. The requirements for admission to masters level study in Applied Linguistics are set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.

Students should note that the use of computers for communication may be an assessed component of both on-campus and distance/block papers.

Further details of these 500 level papers may be found on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APPL501Research Methods in Applied Linguistics18A (Hamilton)
The overall aim of this paper is to provide students with a critical awareness of a range of issues and skills associated with carrying out research in the area of applied linguistics.
APPL504Language AnalysisThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
APPL505Teaching English for Academic Purposes18B (Hamilton)
The course will develop students' critical awareness of issues, research and professional knowledge central to the teaching of English for Academic Purposes at pre-sessional, in-sessional and postgraduate levels.
APPL520Second Language Classroom and Curriculum Issues18A (Hamilton)
During this paper, students will explore and examine issues related to the concept and application of pedagogic grammar, error analysis, language syllabus design, classroom interaction and the professional development of language teachers.
APPL530Discourse Analysis and the Language Classroom18B (Hamilton)
The overall aim of this paper is to provide students with an awareness of a range of issues associated with the analysis and interpretation of text and discourse according to a variety of approaches, as well as an ability to apply a range of analytical approaches and assess the value of these in the field of second language teachin...
APPL571Research Writing for ESL Graduate StudentsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
APPL580Special Topic18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of interest under the guidance of academic staff.
APPL581Special Topics in Applied Linguistics18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of interest under the guidance of academic staff.
APPL590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
APPL591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
APPL592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
APPL593Applied Linguistics Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
APPL594Applied Linguistics Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(SLT) and PGDip(SLT)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching is available on-campus in Hamilton and for a limited number of papers in NET mode and may be taken full or part-time. The programme comprises 120 points, including APPL551, APPL554 and APPL555. With the approval of the Programme Convenor of General and Applied Linguistics, students may substitute up to two papers at an appropriate level from other subjects.

Students should note that the use of computers for communication may be an assessed component of papers.

Further details of these 500 level papers may be found on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APPL551Linguistics for Language Teaching18A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to provide a course in language analysis so that at the end of the course students should be able to relate fundamental concepts in the areas of morphology, phonology, syntax, etc. to the language classroom.
APPL552Language Assessment and Evaluation18B (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to enable students to gain a basic understanding of principles and techniques for language assessment and to evaluate the effectiveness of second and foreign language teaching and learning. By the end of the paper, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of key concepts of language ability a...
APPL553Social and Psychological Aspects of Language Teaching and Learning18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to a range of issues associated with social and psychological factors affecting second language teaching and learning.
APPL554The Language Programme: Design, Materials and Methodology18A (Hamilton)
The overall aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the major underlying theoretical principles of foreign and second language programme planning, related teaching methodology, and materials design and their practical application for the classroom.
APPL555Language Teaching: Observation and Practice 118A (Hamilton)
The overall aim of this paper is to develop practical second/foreign language teaching skills, techniques for evaluating language teaching practice, and self-assessment of language teaching skills as they relate to the second language lesson. The emphasis in this paper will be on overall development of teaching skills and on the pr...
APPL556Language Teaching: Observation and Practice 218B (Hamilton)
The overall aim of this paper is to develop practical second/foreign language teaching skills, techniques for evaluating language teaching practice and self-assessment of language teaching skills, as they relate to the second language lesson and to become familiar with the design and evaluation processes of a series of related lang...
APPL557Reflective Practice in Language TeachingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
APPL558Issues in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
APPL559Special Topic18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of interest under the guidance of academic staff.
APPL561Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APPL800Applied Linguistics MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APPL900Applied Linguistics PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Online)
No description available.

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Postgraduate Diploma (Second Language Teaching) (PGDip(SLT)) Admission and Requirements

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the PGDip(SLT), a student should normally have a Bachelors degree, preferably with a major in Linguistics, Education, or some related area, though applications from graduates in any discipline are welcome. Some experience of language teaching would be an advantage. Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0, or a TOEFL (paper-based) score of 600 including a Test of Written English of 5. All applications are studied by staff teaching on the programme and applicants may be asked to attend an interview and/or write an essay.

To complete a PGDip(SLT), students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including APPL551, APPL554 and APPL555. With the approval of the Programme Convenor of General and Applied Linguistics, students may substitute up to two papers at an appropriate level from other subjects.

Master of Arts (Applied) (MA(Applied)) Admission and Requirements

To be eligible to be considered for admission to the MA(Applied), a student should normally have a Bachelors degree or Diploma of Teaching, and have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Second language Teaching (PGDip(SLT)) (or equivalent). Students generally need to have achieved a B+ average in the PGDip(SLT) (or equivalent) in order to proceed to the MA(Applied). Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0 or a TOEFL (paper-based) score of 600 including a Test of Written English of 5. All applications are studied by the Progamme and applicants may be asked to attend an interview and/or write an essay.

To complete a MA(Applied), students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including APPL501 and 90 further points from the papers listed below. Students may apply to replace up to 90 points with a dissertation or thesis.


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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

General Enquiries
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4932
Email: appl-fass@waikato.ac.nz

Graduate and Postgraduate Enquiries
Email: appl-grad@waikato.ac.nz