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Master of Applied Linguistics


Course Description

The applied linguistics degrees provide you with the opportunity to study the nature of language. You will study first and second language acquisition, second language teaching and literacy, language and classroom education across the curriculum, language policy and planning. Studies of applied linguistics also allow you to explore the use of language in university academic contexts, intercultural communication, language and the law, forensic speaker identification, speech pathology, translation and advertising. This will develop your knowledge of how languages work within different applied settings. You can also select subjects to specialise in applied Japanese linguistics.

The degrees will particularly benefit you if you are interested in working as a foreign language teacher, translator, editor, speech pathologist, audiologist or in language policy areas.


Typical courses

• Child Language Acquisition
• Conversation Analysis
• Cross Cultural Communication
• Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making
• Graduate Reading Course (Linguistics)
• Language and Culture
• Language and Society
• Language in Indigenous Australian Society
• Language Policy and Language Politics
• Language Power and Identity
• Readings in Applied Linguistics
• Research Design in (Applied) Linguistics
• Second Language Acquisition
• Teaching Languages
• The Structure of English
• Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials
• Translation across Languages: The Translation of
• Literary Texts
• TESOL (offered through other universities)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area ie Linguistics or Applied Linguistics from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Linguistics.

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