• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Linguistics

Applied linguistics is a broad discipline covering a range of topics. This course consists of a series of seminars in which graduate students are provided with an opportunity to directly engage with some of the major research areas of applied linguistics, and language and culture studies, as carried out here at ANU. Current ANU researchers will each present a seminar to introduce students to their area of research and to contextualise their own particular research topic within the broader field. Students will have an opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes' to find out more about the subject matter, how the subject matter links to the broader area of applied linguistics and language and culture research, how the researchers carried out their research, what methodology they used, what difficulties they encountered. Applied linguistics, and language and culture issues covered in the course include language in its social context, second language acquisition, discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis, language attitudes and ideologies, language and culture education. Topics in Applied Linguistics A: Language Learning and Education will be offered in Semester I and is complementary with its sister course offered in Semester 2, Topics in Applied Linguistics B: Language, Text and Discourses. These two courses are core courses for PG coursework students in Masters of Applied Linguistics. Topics in Applied Linguistics A and  Topics in Applied Linguistics B can be taken in any order.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify key theoretical concepts and issues across a range of applied linguistics, and language and culture topics.
  2. Critically evaluate some of the methodological issues within applied linguistics, and language and culture.
  3. Reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the subject matter of the course.
  4. Think about, write and present a well-structured research project based on an applied linguistics or languages and culture topic.

Indicative Assessment


Online discussion group (30%)

Presentation at a mini one-day conference (20%)

Research project of 4 - 5,000 words (50%)

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The course will consist of fortnightly seminars in two x 2-hour blocks (totalling 4 hours). Students can expect to put in 6 hours of study per week outside of class time.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed or be concurrently studying LING8011. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

An electronic  reading brick will be made available. The brick will include two articles for each of the 6 fortnightly topics. One will be an introductory article for each topic; the other will be a research paper nominated by the seminar presenter. (Where appropriate, the research paper will have been written by the seminar presenter.)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1542
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4250 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9269 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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