Master in Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers
Course code: 3239 ~ Course abbreviation: MAppLingLangTeachers ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 18 months full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Education
Study mode and course location
This course, taught in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, seeks to further students' understanding of applied linguistics, especially as it relates to second and foreign language acquisition and language teaching. It also aims to develop students' skills in critical reading in applied linguistics and the ability to design a research project. Note that this course does not qualify graduates to teach in Australian schools.
This program is designed to extend participants knowledge and skills of educational research by helping participants come to better understand both the theoretical and practical aspects of pedagogy. The program draws attention to teaching and learning in ways that are intended to foster a reflective stance toward the development of professional knowledge about teaching.
The program aims to: engage in teaching second or foreign language informed by theory and research into language acquisition and language teaching; integrate participants' academic studies of applied linguistics in action-oriented or other research; foster deeper understandings of classroom practice and student learning; develop participants' ability to perform and assess quantitative and qualitative research methods in applied linguistic studies; foster explore and examine the nature of professional learning; focus serious attention on the professional knowledge of practice; foster deeper understandings of evidence based practice; develop participants' scholarly writing and establish criteria for "best practice" in language teaching.
Involvement in the program should therefore aid participants' in coming to better understand that which is involved in the development of knowledge of practice and its application to theory and practice through educational research.
Credit for prior studies
Prior learning may be recognised by giving credit for prior studies in the following ways:
All decisions on the extent of credit for prior studies will be at the discretion of the course adviser.
Minimum pass grade
Graduation from the Master in Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers will require students to gain a credit in core units and a credit average overall.
Two streams are available. Students must select either stream A or stream B (see below). Each stream consists of three core 12-point units, including one research methodology unit. In addition to these three core units, students will choose either:
(i) three 12-point elective units from arts or education, or
(ii) two 12-point elective units from arts or education plus a 12-point research project* (arts), or
(iii) one 12-point elective unit from arts or education and a 24-point thesis* (education) or dissertation* (arts)
* The research alternatives above must be approved by the course adviser.
Students may also undertake other electives which are relevant to the course with the approval of the course adviser.
Core and elective units are offered by both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education. Although students will generally select three units from both the faculties of Arts and Education, a minimum of two units should be selected from each faculty.
Stream A: Teaching Asian languages (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian or other language)