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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.

Zuwati Hasim

PhD
Zuwati is an expert in the field of language assessment – a crucial issue for teachers, especially in her home country Malaysia.


Jocelyn Lee

PhD
Finding new ways to engage second language learners was a key focus of Jocelyn’s research when she was completing her PhD at the University of Waikato.


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.

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.

Research Methods in Applied LinguisticsAPPL50130.0 Points
Language AnalysisAPPL50430.0 Points
Teaching English for Academic PurposesAPPL50530.0 Points
Second Language Classroom and Curriculum IssuesAPPL52030.0 Points
Discourse Analysis and the Language ClassroomAPPL53030.0 Points
Research Writing for ESL Graduate StudentsAPPL57115.0 Points
Special TopicAPPL58030.0 Points
Special Topics in Applied LinguisticsAPPL58115.0 Points
Directed StudyAPPL59030.0 Points
DissertationAPPL59130.0 Points
DissertationAPPL59260.0 Points
Applied Linguistics ThesisAPPL59390.0 Points
Applied Linguistics ThesisAPPL594120.0 Points

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.

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.

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.

Applied Linguistics PhD ThesisAPPL900120.0 Points

Graduate study options

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.

Contacts

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