Master of Applied Linguistics

Why study the Master of Applied Linguistics at UNE?

Applied Linguistics is a field which explores real-world contexts in which language is implicated. Some of the things applied linguists research are: first and second language acquisition, intercultural communication, multilingualism and language policy. This online degree will appeal to students who want a professionally relevant higher qualification in Applied Linguistics, as well as to those wanting postgraduate qualifications in TESOL.

UNE's MAAL degree was Australia's first fully online coursework Masters degree in Applied Linguistics. The degree has benefitted since 2001 from over 15 years of development, includes rich content, multimedia enhancements, and is delivered by staff with high levels of online teaching experience. The MAAL is chosen by students from more than 30 countries around the world, and has a proven track record in helping students successfully achieve employment in the tertiary sector, management of language programs, and higher research entry.

The MAAL is a coursework degree, which can be completed in one year, one and a half years or two years full-time, depending on a candidate's admission qualification levels and background in Linguistics (see Course Rules). The degree is made up of a combination of core units, plus listed elective units, and a research option which is normally 6 credit points, but can be 24 credit points for eligible students wanting a major research component in order to meet PhD entry requirements.

The MAAL has a general program which leads to a Master of Applied Linguistics. The MAAL also has a TESOL Major which involves a more restricted choice of listed elective units, two obligatory TESOL units, and a practicum which meets or exceeds the minimum number of hours required of teachers in the ELICOS and adult migrant sectors. This latter option leads to a Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL).

The Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) is an approved Student Income Support course. Eligible students may apply for Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) constitutes 'a recognised postgraduate TESOL qualification which includes a practicum' (NEAS: National ELT Accreditation Scheme). Completion of the M.App.Ling. (TESOL) will meet the standards required by most employers in the adult TESOL sector, including those in the ELICOS and adult migrant sectors. Prospective students are advised to consult the NEAS website to ensure their other credentials meet the requirements.

The Master of Applied Linguistics degree is an asset for those pursuing a career in education, language teaching and planning, TESOL, government, health and the law, as well as those working with linguistics and cultural minorities.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2016 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation MAppLing
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 96
Entry Requirements

A candidate shall :

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in linguistics or a relevant discipline*; or an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and either relevant work experience or other relevant qualifications; or an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in a non-relevant discipline; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in a non-relevant discipline and either relevant work experience or other relevant qualification; or an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in a relevant discipline*; or

(d) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in linguistics and either relevant work experience or other relevant qualification; or an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in linguistics.

Applicants wishing to claim 'relevant work experience or other relevant qualifications' as referred to in (b), (c) and (d) above must submit a personal statement (approximately 500 words) explaining the relevance of their qualification and work experience to the MAAL degree.

NB: Teaching experience undertaken without relevant qualifications will not be considered.

*Relevant Disciplines include, but are not limited to the following: English; Languages; or Education with a major in English literacy, LOTE or ESL; Psychology; Philosophy; Interpreting and Translation; Speech Pathology; and Cultural Studies.

International students must meet the University's English language requirements.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

Completion of the unit EDLI504 TESOL II may require contact with children in an educational setting (professional experience). Students wishing to complete their placement in NSW, in institutions that enrol children under the age of 18 years, must have first completed online Anaphylaxis training, an online Child Protection module, and have obtained a valid NSW Working with Children Check clearance; or equivalent for those students wishing to complete their placement outside NSW, as detailed at: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/resources/academic-schools/school-of-education/professional-experience-office/important-information.

Overseas students working with children under 18, are required to meet the working with children requirements of the country/jurisdiction/institution in which they are undertaking their placement, and to provide documentation that they have done this. If there are no such requirements, they need to demonstrate this and be mindful to adhere to and practise principles of child protection regardless of whether or not such obligations are mandated when working with children in these contexts.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted advanced standing up to a maximum of 48 credit points on the basis of units passed at this or another institution provided they have reasonable correspondence to units of course work available towards the degree were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 30 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based provided they have reasonable correspondence to units of course work available towards the degree.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 36 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 30 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based provided they have reasonable correspondence to units of course work available towards the degree.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based provided they have reasonable correspondence to units of coursework available towards the degree.

No advanced standing will be granted for research and/or reading units.

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Master of Applied Linguistics in 2016.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in linguistics or a relevant discipline*; or an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and either relevant work experience or other relevant qualifications; or an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in a non-relevant discipline; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in a non-relevant discipline and either relevant work experience or other relevant qualification; or an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in a relevant discipline*; or
(d) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in linguistics and either relevant work experience or other relevant qualification; or an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in linguistics.

Applicants wishing to claim 'relevant work experience or other relevant qualifications' as referred to in (b), (c) and (d) above must submit a personal statement (approximately 500 words) explaining the relevance of their qualification and work experience to the MAAL degree.
NB: Teaching experience undertaken without relevant qualifications will not be considered.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: English; Languages; or Education with a major in English literacy, LOTE or ESL; Psychology; Philosophy; Interpreting and Translation; Speech Pathology; and Cultural Studies.

Students must meet the University's English language requirements.

Additional Requirements

Completion of the unit EDLI504 TESOL II may require contact with children in an educational setting (professional experience). Students wishing to complete their placement in NSW, in institutions that enrol children under the age of 18 years, must have first completed online Anaphylaxis training, an online Child Protection module, and have obtained a valid NSW Working with Children Check clearance; or equivalent for those students wishing to complete their placement outside NSW, as detailed at: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/resources/academic-schools/school-of-education/professional-experience-office/important-information.
Overseas students working with children under 18, are required to meet the working with children requirements of the country/jurisdiction/institution in which they are undertaking their placement, and to provide documentation that they have done this. If there are no such requirements, they need to demonstrate this and be mindful to adhere to and practise principles of child protection regardless of whether or not such obligations are mandated when working with children in these contexts.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted advanced standing up to a maximum of 48 credit points on the basis of units passed at this or another institution provided they have reasonable correspondence to units of course work available towards the degree and were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 36 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based provided they have reasonable correspondence to units of course work available towards the degree.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 36 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 30 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based provided they have reasonable correspondence to units of course work available towards the degree.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based provided they have reasonable correspondence to units of coursework available towards the degree.

No advanced standing will be granted for research and/or reading units.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b) and (c), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (d), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including a minimum of 36 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 36 cps
Research Component 6-24 cps
TESOL Major 36-54 cps
OR  
General Program 36-54 cps
Total 96 cps

To view complete Program of Study click here - TESOL Major

To view complete Program of Study click here - General Program

For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 36 cps
Research Component 6-24 cps
TESOL Major 12-30 cps
OR  
General Program 12-30 cps
Total 96 cps

To view complete Program of Study click here - TESOL Major

To view complete Program of Study click here - General Program

For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 36 cps
Core Units 36 cps
Research Component 6-24 cps
TESOL Major 18 cps
OR  
General Program 0-18 cps
Total 96 cps

To view complete Program of Study click here - TESOL Major

To view complete Program of Study click here - General Program

For candidates admitted under Rule (d)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 12 cps
Research Component 6-24 cps
TESOL Major 12-30 cps
OR
General Program 12-30 cps
Total 96 cps

To view complete Program of Study click here - TESOL Major

To view complete Program of Study click here - General Program

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Applied Linguistics.

Dissertation

1. A candidate shall submit a dissertation embodying an original investigation of a topic within their chosen field.
2. Depending on the topic under investigation, the approval of the relevant Ethics committee must be sought if required.
3. The School, on the advice of the course coordinator, shall appoint a supervisor, who shall be a member of the teaching or research staff of the University or an associate of the University or an associate of the University (at the rank of academic Level B or higher). The supervisor shall advise and supervise the candidate during the period of candidature.
4. Except with the permission of the School, on the recommendation of the supervisor, the dissertation shall not exceed 15,000 words of text, excluding appendices.
5. Except in exceptional circumstances, candidates shall be required to enrol in and complete the dissertation in either one trimester full-time or one year long honours period part-time.

Submission of Dissertation

1. Electronic submission of the dissertation is highly recommended. Alternatively two soft bound and one unbound copy of the dissertation together with a certificate from the supervisor certifying that the dissertation is in a form suitable for examination can be submitted to the School following liaison with the course coordinator.
2. At least one month prior to the date of submission candidates shall inform the School of their intention to submit a dissertation.

Examination of Dissertation

1. The dissertation will be assessed by at least two examiners.
2. The examiners may be internal or external to The University of New England at the discretion of the course coordinator.
3. The final result will be determined by a committee from within the discipline, not including the supervisor, on the basis of the examiner's reports and confirmed by the School Teaching and Learning Committee. The dissertation will be awarded the grade of Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction.
4. A dissertation will not be examined by a candidate's supervisor.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules - Plagiarism Investigation and Penalty Guidelines.

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to provide relevant learning in the field of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Students who complete the course will acquire a solid knowledge base in this field and be equipped to use it in a diverse range of professional, academic and community contexts, but especially in language teaching.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts used in contemporary linguistics and applied linguistics;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the theory and practice of linguistics and applied linguistics;
  3. demonstrate the cognitive, technical and creative skills to review critically, generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts in applied linguistics at an abstract level;
  4. demonstrate the communicative and technical research skills required to interpret and explain applied linguistic theoretical issues and their professional implications to specialist and non-specialist audiences and to design and implement applied linguistics research projects that contribute to professional practice;
  5. apply their knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative with high-level personal autonomy and responsibility; and
  6. apply their knowledge and skills by planning and implementing an applied linguistics research project.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will be able to analyse complex problems and issues in linguistics, using methodology and discourse appropriate to the discipline. Graduates will be encouraged to develop a global perspective and intercultural competence in their professional lives. Linguistics is by its nature oriented globally, because of its primary concern with human languages. One of the core units in the degree is specifically concerned with intercultural communication.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate effectively in the substantive area of linguistics, and in particular, will hone their online communication skills and their written skills through assessment tasks such as essays.

Problem Solving

Many of the units in the degree concentrate heavily on the analysis of language data. Graduates will thereby develop high-level capabilities in solving problems and in applying logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of linguistic issues.

Information Literacy

Being a fully online degree, graduates will have developed competencies in information literacy at levels acceptable in linguistics and appropriate for the University level.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

The nature of study in linguistics prepares graduates to be committed to ethical action and social responsibility.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will be prepared for life-long learning through being exposed to a wide range of issues in human languages and societies.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be encouraged to learn and work independently. Graduates, where appropriate, will have the opportunity to work collaboratively online to collectively solve problems in some MAAL units. Students in all units will be engaged in collective discussions online geared towards group learning.

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