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Course Overview

Explore the field of applied linguistics through real-world case studies

This online course introduces the field of applied linguistics and how it relates to disciplines including linguistics and language teaching.

You’ll explore real-world examples of applied linguistics, such as forensic linguistics and language assessment. You’ll look at the field’s impact on important issues – for example, reducing gender bias in language use and simplifying legal language.

You’ll find out what applied linguists do through a series of case studies. Specialists will work through problems and show you applied linguistic research methods to solve them.

  • Have you ever met an applied linguist?
  • Language and the big decisions in life
  • Inspiring language learning
  • The social role of pronunciation
  • Investigating language in use
This course is designed for:
  • anyone interested in linguistics and language teaching, and thinking of a career in these fields
  • people considering a postgraduate degree in applied linguistics or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Professionals already working in applied linguistics or related fields, who want an update on current thinking and practice.
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Demonstrate understanding of the key areas of applied linguistics and how these can be related to language teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of applied linguistics, including language structure, language acquisition and language use in relation to culture, society, communication
  • Explore the role of language within the broader field of communication, particularly in language teaching and learning
  • Collect language data, organize it appropriately, and carry out initial linguistic analysis of that data
  • Reflect on and value diverse perspectives on language use and language users in society
  • Contribute knowledgeably to discussions on contemporary linguistic issues in a multilingual society