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Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics

Have you studied a bachelor degree in another language, education, English, psychology or speech pathology and would now like to use these skills to expand your career into the world of linguistics?

If you are truly fascinated by the English language and how it can be affected by social and cultural influences or want to learn and develop different techniques for teaching English as a second language, the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics at the University of Newcastle may be your way in.

The program combines theoretical perspectives, experimental studies and practical applications so you can develop a well-rounded comprehension and experience base. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to open up opportunities as an English teacher, researcher, or academic.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you fascinated by the English language and how it can be affected by social and cultural influences? Do you want to learn and develop different techniques for teaching English as a second language?

If you are looking to advance your career or move into the field of applied linguistics and have a bachelor degree in another language, education, English, psychology or speech pathology, the University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics may be the entry postgraduate qualification for you.

Designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of language learning and development, the program will teach you theoretically motivated language teaching curricula, improving your effectiveness as a teacher of English as a second or foreign language.

For more information on what you will study throughout this program, visit the ‘Study’ tab.

Career Pathways

In an increasingly competitive global working environment, a comprehensive understanding of language can be your passport to success. There is increasing demand and opportunity in Australian and international industries for experts in linguistics.

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career as an English teacher, researcher or academic in Australian and international industries.

With your high-level linguistics skills in teaching and/or research, you will improve your future career opportunities as demand for educated linguists continues to increase.

To further cement your qualifications in applied linguistics as a reputable and well respected advanced program, the NSW Department of Education and Training has awarded the TESL/TEFL (teaching English as a second language/teaching English as a foreign language) specialisation with accredited English as a Second Language (ESL) certification.

You may also like to take your postgraduate qualification to the next level, opening up further career opportunities, potentially at a higher level, with the Master of Applied Linguistics (insert link) at the University of Newcastle.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics, visit the ‘Details’ tab.

Specialisations

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics combines theoretical perspectives, experimental studies and practical applications to develop a well-rounded comprehension and experience base for students.

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics is comprised of four courses which can be completed over six months (full-time) or one year (part-time). You are offered flexibility with on campus study options or online, and depending on your career goals you can design your qualification around one of two specialisations:

  • English grammar and structure specialisation
  • TESL/TEFL specialisation (Teaching English as a Second Language / Teaching English as a Foreign Language, respectively)

This flexibility enables you to really take control of your study, constructing it as you need.

You will be provided with the opportunity to undertake practical experience in the classroom and one on one teaching by engaging in up to 200 hours of placement in an appropriate educational setting (eg. schools, TAFE and Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students [ELICOS]).

Offering this specialty for over 15 years, the University of Newcastle has an established reputation both nationally and internationally, as a provider of high-quality postgraduate coursework programs in applied linguistics.

To find out more about where the University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

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