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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMAppJapLing
CRICOS code041053C
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Associate Professor Helen Marriott


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.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • 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.


This course consists of one core unit, and five electives chosen from the list below.


Core unit


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.

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.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in the masters to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with a Graduate Certificate of Arts
  • 48 points may apply to exit with course 0108 Graduate Diploma in Applied Japanese Linguistics.


Master of Applied Japanese Linguistics