• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Australian Indigenous Studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Minor code APLN-MIN

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Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field which seeks to understand and address language-related concerns in real-life contexts. Applied linguists make visible the role of language and the nature of language use in areas such as education, health care, the media and law. 

In the Applied Linguistics Minor, you will encounter language-related issues at different levels of society. You can focus on the detail of ordinary interactions, such as doctor-patient consultations, or the discourse of the classroom, and you can also explore the role of language in broader societal processes, such as the use of language tests in migration policy, or the role of interpreters in court proceedings. You will sample from the diverse range of methods used in Applied Linguistics, for example: ethnographic, participatory, computational and experimental methods. While Applied Linguistics is a core discipline for language teachers, it is also an area of ever-increasing relevance to professions in which language is central in processes such as learning, teaching, interpreting, translating, informing, diagnosing, assessing, negotiating and advocating. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. discuss Applied Linguistics topic areas and their related concepts, theories and methods;

  2. analyse the role of language in modern systems such as education, migration and health care;

  3. reflect critically on the relationship between practice and theory in Applied Linguistics topic areas;

  4. identify relevant questions and apply suitable investigative methods in Applied Linguistics areas of inquiry; and

  5. communicate clearly and knowledgeably about language-related topics to academic and general audiences.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units which must be selected according to the following rules.

A minimum of 6 units must come from the completion of the following introductory Linguistics courses:

LING1001 Introduction to the Study of Language

LING1002 Language and Society


A minimum of 12 units must come from the following core Applied Linguistics courses:

LANG3001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts

LANG3002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Material

LING2013 Teaching Languages

LING2015 Language, Culture, Translation

LING2021 Cross Cultural Communication

LING2023 Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making

LING2029 Language, Assessment and Policy

LING2034 Communication in Health Care

LING2106 Language and Social Interaction

LING2521 Child Language Acquisition

LING3032 Forensic Linguistics: Forensic Voice and Text Comparison

LING3101 Second Language Acquisition

A maximum of 6 units may come from the following Linguistics and Languages courses:

General Linguistics

ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

ASIA2308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific

HUMN2001 Introduction to Digital Humanities and Public Culture - Tools, Theories and Methods

LING2005 Language Across Time

LING2018 Languages in Contact

LING3012 Field Methods in Linguistics

LING3025 Special Topics in Linguistics

LING3033 Advanced Sociophonetics

LING3035 Semantic Typology

LING3036 Advanced Sociolinguistics

LING3126 Topics in Advanced Syntax and Morphology

Language-specific Linguistics 

FREN3515 The Sounds of French: Phonetics and Pronunciation

JPNS3012 Teaching Japanese: Content

JPNS3014 Teaching Japanese: Method

LANG3007 Romance Linguistics

LING2017 Chinese Linguistics

LING2028 Japanese Linguistics

LING2040 Austronesian Languages

LING2104 The History of the English Language

LING2107 Advanced Academic English

LING3031 Papuan Languages

SPAN2604 Multilingualism and Indigenous peoples in the Americas

Indigenous Australian Languages

INDG2003 Gamilaraay: Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language

INDG2004 Continuing Gamilaraay

INDG2005 Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language (6-36 units)

INDG2006 Continuing Australian Indigenous Language (6-36 units)

LING2016 Language and Society in Indigenous Australia

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