Master of Applied Linguistics

Now offered at UON Sydney from Semester 2.

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Overview

The Master of Applied Linguistics is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of language learning and development, to develop theoretically motivated language teaching curricula, and to improve their effectiveness as teachers of English as a second or foreign language, or more generally to further their understanding of the way in which language affects and is affected by the social and cultural environment. The program combines theoretical perspectives with empirical studies and practical applications, and provides the opportunity for practical experience of classroom and individual teaching.
 
The NSW Department of Education will recognise graduates of this award as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, where they have also completed an accredited teaching degree and have been registered as teachers with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). For recognition in other states and territories, graduates should contact the Department of Education in the relevant jurisdiction to determine the specific requirements for recognition as an ESL teacher.

Please note the Master of Applied Linguistics will be offered at UON Sydney from Semester 2, 2016.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
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Number of Courses
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Program Code

11256

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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CRICOS

032733J

Program Code

11256

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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 Master of Applied Linguistics could be the program for you.

This program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of language learning and development, to create theoretically motivated language teaching curricula and to improve your effectiveness as a teacher of English as a second or foreign language.

Career Opportunities

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Applied Linguistics will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), academic research, language testing or language planning and policy.

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

With your high-level linguistics skills, your future career opportunities will be abundant as demand for educated linguists continues to increase. Graduates of the University of Newcastle program have pursued careers teaching at universities around the world.
 

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Applied Linguistics program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education and professional experience.

Applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • Bachelor Degree in a discipline area with 1 year relevant work experience
  • Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline area
  • Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant discipline area

For the purposes of admission, Discipline Areas include Linguistics, Education, English, Languages, Psychology and Speech Pathology.

Relevant work experience is as a teacher of English as a second/foreign language.

If you would like your work experience to be considered, please provide a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Applied Linguistics? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate you can apply for the Master of Applied Linguistics and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed. 

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics, please visit the program page.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

Courses and Details

Program Code 11256
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
  • Sydney Elizabeth Street
CRICOS Code 032733J
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

The Master of Applied Linguistics program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of language learning and development, to develop theoretically motivated language teaching curricula, and to improve their effectiveness as teachers of English as a second or foreign language, or more generally to further their understanding of the way in which language affects and is affected by the social and cultural environment. The program combines theoretical perspectives with empirical studies and practical applications, and provides the opportunity for practical experience of classroom and individual teaching.

The NSW Department of Education and Training will recognise graduates of the award, where they have a teaching degree and have been registered as teachers with the NSW Institute of Teachers.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Applied Linguistics is an 80 unit postgraduate qualification.

Discipline areas include:  Linguistics, Education, English, Languages, Psychology and Speech Pathology.

Relevant work experience is as a teacher of English as a second/foreign language.

Bachelor Degree in a discipline area with 1 year relevant work experience

OR

Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline area

OR

Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant discipline area

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Please visit

http://gradschool.edu.au/future-students/how-to-apply

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Post-Admission Requirements

  • Anaphylaxis Training (AXS)
  • Working With Children Check (WWC)
  • Child Protection Awareness Training (CPA)

Compulsory Industrial Experience/Placement

EDUC6024 TESOL Practicum is a a core requirement and involves up to 200 hours of placement in an appropriate educational setting (school, TAFE, ELICOS, etc.)

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Applied Linguistics is an AQF level 9 Masters by Coursework program totalling 80 units of coursework - 40 units of core courses and 40 units of directed courses.

Students who have successfully completed LING6010 or LING6020 or LING6060 or LING6080 or LING6950 in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics cannot apply for credit for any of these courses in the Master of Applied Linguistics.

Course Information

Master of Applied Linguistics

Core Courses: Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6024 Practicum in Tesol Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6025 Tesol Curriculum and Methodology Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6030 Second Language Acquisition Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6040 Language Testing and Evaluation Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 40 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6023 Cultural Variations in Language Learning Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6124 English for Special Purposes Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6010 Introduction to Syntax Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6020 Structure of English Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6060 Issues of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Not currently offered 10 units
LING6070 Cross-Cultural Communication Not currently offered 10 units
LING6080 Academic Writing Not currently offered 10 units
LING6311 Language and Mind Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6910 Foundation of Linguistics Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6930 Language and Meaning Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6950 Research Preparation Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6955 Research Project Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
20 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Professional Accreditation

Additional Requirements

The NSW Department of Education will recognise graduates of the Master of Applied Linguistics as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, where they have also completed an accredited teaching degree and have been registered as teachers with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). For recognition in other states and territories, graduates should contact the Department of Education in the relevant jurisdiction to determine the specific requirements for recognition as an ESL teacher.

Why study with us?

The University of Newcastle has now an established reputation, nationally and internationally, as a provider of very high-quality postgraduate coursework programs in Applied Linguistics.  These programs have now been in operation for over eight years, with a continuously increasing number of participating students.  Our students report very high levels of satisfaction with both the Applied Linguistics program itself and the employment opportunities that the Award offers upon graduation.  International students find Newcastle a very safe and friendly environment for their university studies.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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