Applied Linguistics


Applied Linguistics draws on a variety of disciplines to formulate solutions to real world language problems. It addresses issues such as multilingualism, the learning of foreign languages and the assessment of language proficiency.

Areas of study

Applied Linguistics formulates theory and research-based solutions to real-world language problems. It takes as its starting point practical issues such as “How can multilingualism be fostered in a society such as New Zealand?”, “In what ways can classroom learners of foreign languages be motivated to learn?” and “How can language proficiency be fairly and validly assessed?” Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of enquiry that draws on linguistics, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and education.

You can study Applied Linguistics in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will receive a broad coverage of the areas that inform the study of Applied Linguistics, and to also give you the opportunity to focus on a specific area of your own choice. Our programme provides a firm theoretical and research basis for progression to study at doctoral level.

Career opportunities

An MA in Applied Linguistics could lead to a senior position in language teaching (such as a director of studies or curriculum adviser), a career in language teacher education or language policy making, or academic research in the field of applied linguistics.

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