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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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Key information

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.

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

The Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching is available on-campus in Hamilton and may be taken full or part-time. The programme comprises 120 points, including APPLN562 and APPLN563 as required papers. With the approval of the Programme Convenor of Applied Linguistics, students may substitute up to 30 points at an appropriate level from other subjects.

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.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APPLN501Research Methods in Applied Linguistics19A (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.
APPLN504Language Analysis19A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to provide students with a critical awareness of a range of issues associated with different approaches to the analysis of language, as well as an ability to apply and assess these in the field of second language teaching and learning.
APPLN505Teaching English for Academic Purposes19B (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.
APPLN530Discourse Analysis and the Language Classroom19B (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...
APPLN562Second Language Teaching Practicum19A (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.
APPLN563Second Language Course Design, Materials and Methodology19B (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide participants with a critical understanding of a variety of theoretical approaches to second/foreign language curriculum and syllabus design and to help them understand current practice in second/foreign language teaching methodology and materials design.
APPLN564Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Research19A (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.
APPLN565Second Language Testing and Programme Evaluation19B (Hamilton)
The overall aim of this paper is to introduce students to the key oncepts and procedures relating to second language testing and language programme evaluation.
APPLN580Special Topic19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of interest under the guidance of academic staff.
APPLN581Special Topics in Applied Linguistics19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of interest under the guidance of academic staff.
APPLN590Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
APPLN591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
APPLN592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
APPLN593Applied Linguistics Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
APPLN594Applied Linguistics Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APPL800Applied Linguistics MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APPL900Applied Linguistics PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Jocelyn Lee 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.

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General and Applied Linguistics Programme


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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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