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MA(Applied) - Applied Linguistics as a main subject

Are you interested in a career teaching English as a second language overseas, at University level? Some countries, such as those in Asia, require you to have a Masters level qualification to do this. Waikato's Master of Arts (Applied) provides you with the qualification you need.

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.

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Key information

Years: 1.0
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,626 - $9,137 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $35,900 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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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 APPLN501, students are required to take 90 further points from papers listed for the MA(Applied). With the approval of the Programme Convenor of Applied Linguistics, students may take APPLN591, APPLN592 or APPLN593 in lieu of taught papers. The requirements for admission to masters level study in Applied Linguistics are set out in the qualification regulations.

Further details of these 500 level papers may be found on the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences website.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ALPSS500Academic & Professional Research & Writing30.024A (Online), 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)
In this course, students will gain the skills and confidence to seamlessly transition from study to work. This course works to enhance the 'skills for the future' identified by the World Economic Forum (2020), in order to produce resilient, creative students with strong analytic and critical thinking skills.
ALPSS590Directed Study30.024X (Hamilton)
This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their major under the guidance of academic staff.
ALPSS591Research Project30.024X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 12,500 words maximum).
ALPSS592Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 25,000 words maximum).
APPLN501Research Methods in Applied Linguistics30.024B (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.
APPLN562Second Language Teaching Practicum30.024D (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to develop practical teaching skills and a range of techniques for evaluating language teaching design and practice. The methodological approaches promoted in this paper are representative of international best practice in the field.
APPLN564Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Research30.024A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to introduce students to the key streams of second language acquisition theory and related research as part of their development of a professional knowledge base for second language teaching and learning.
APPLN566Pedagogic Linguistics for TESOL30.024A (Hamilton)
TESOL educators require a strong understanding of the components of the English language in order to teach it effectively. This paper connects linguistic analysis to language teaching. Students will be introduced to morphology, lexis, phonology, syntax, verb structures, modality and semantics, and the roles that they play in langua...
APPLN585TESOL Research Report30.024X (Hamilton)
This paper involves planning, implementing and reporting a supervised research study in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
APPLN593Applied Linguistics Thesis90.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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Subject Requirements

For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: [email protected]


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