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Master of Applied Japanese Linguistics

Course code: 3073 ~ Course abbreviation: MAppJapLing ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

The course seeks to further students' understanding of second and foreign language acquisition, language teaching, language contact and intercultural communication with particular reference to Japanese. It also aims to develop students' skills in critical reading and ability to design a research project.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C or above) in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

Students complete 72 points including one core unit, and five electives chosen from the list below. Students who obtain a distinction average and who have undertaken JAL4610/JAL5610 (Research methodology in applied linguistics) may seek approval from the course coordinator to undertake a research project for 12 points (usually AST4680/AST5680 Research project A) as one of the electives.

Course requirements

Core unit


With the approval of the course coordinator, students may undertake an elective for 12 points offered elsewhere within the Faculty of Arts or from the Faculty of Education. Students may take up to 24 points of language units within the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics with the approval of the course coordinator.

Exit points

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate of Arts, or after successful completion of 48 points with a Graduate Diploma in Applied Japanese Linguistics.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Helen Marriott