• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and seminars; b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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