The Linguistics course at Monash University offers a range of postgraduate units through Open Universities Australia. Students may take these units individually or study towards a range of qualifications offered in this subject area.
Applied Linguistics units do not assume students have a background in linguistics or prior knowledge of the discipline, and may be studied in any order. However, it is recommended that students with little prior knowledge of linguistics complete the core units General Linguistics and Language in Society before enrolling in elective units. Students must achieve a Credit average or better (60%+) to qualify for the Master of Applied Linguistics.
The Linguistics course seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- Introduce students to the basic concepts and tools of analysis used in linguistics and applied linguistics
- Encourage and enable students to develop a critical perspective on language issues and problems relevant to society
- Enhance students’ understanding of second language acquisition and use
- Develop a range of research skills appropriate for the study of applied linguistics
- Equip students to analyse texts in context
- Explore language-related issues such as standardisation; education; language in the professions, business and the media; issues in bilingualism and language learning; language and identity.
Any student is eligible to undertake individual units in this course. Prior study of linguistics is not a prerequisite. Students looking to complete the Masters in Applied Linguistics must maintain an average final mark of 60% or better in their core and elective units.
The media used to teach these units include print materials such as textbooks and course notes and audiovisual aids such as documentaries and lecture podcasts. All units are offered online and require broadband internet access. Course notes, digitised readings and audiovisual materials can be downloaded through the unit websites.
The course coordinator is available to speak with students about any queries relating to the unit they are studying or the course as a whole. Students are advised that all units require students to purchase set textbooks.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics students must complete two of the three core units. Students must complete their study within 3 years.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Students may be able to receive credit for previous postgraduate study in linguistics/ applied linguistics not already counted towards a degree, and are encouraged to contact the course coordinator to discuss their application.
In addition, students who have undertaken extensive formal study of linguistics/ applied linguistics (for example an undergraduate major in either discipline) may apply to be exempted from one or more core units. In this instances they will be required to take additional electives instead of the core unit/s. Students seeking an exemption from core units are encouraged to contact the course coordinator to discuss their application.
Registering in this Course
Students do not need to register for this course. However, on completion of their study they must contact the course coordinator, who will sign off that they have completed all requirements of their chosen course.
Processes for Graduating
Applying to graduate from this course is a two-step process.
Once students have their official results for their final semester of study they should contact the course coordinator and ask to be course completed. Once they receive confirmation of course completion they can apply to Monash to graduate - see http://www.monash.edu.au/graduations/apply-to-graduate.html for more information
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification. The courses are listed from the highest to the lowest qualification.
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