The Master of Applied Linguistics is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of language learning and development, to develop theoretically motivated language teaching curricula, and to improve their effectiveness as teachers of English as a second or foreign language, or more generally to further their understanding of the way in which language affects and is affected by the social and cultural environment. The program combines theoretical perspectives with empirical studies and practical applications, and provides the opportunity for practical experience of classroom and individual teaching.
The NSW Department of Education will recognise graduates of this award as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, where they have also completed an accredited teaching degree and have been registered as teachers with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). For recognition in other states and territories, graduates should contact the Department of Education in the relevant jurisdiction to determine the specific requirements for recognition as an ESL teacher.
Is it for you?
Are you fascinated by the English language and how it can be affected by social and cultural influences? Do you want to learn and develop different techniques for teaching English as a second language?
If you are looking to advance your career or move into the field of applied linguistics and have a bachelor degree in another language, education, English, psychology or speech pathology, the University of Newcastle’s Master of Applied Linguistics could be the program for you.
This program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of language learning and development, to create theoretically motivated language teaching curricula and to improve your effectiveness as a teacher of English as a second or foreign language.
The University of Newcastle’s Master of Applied Linguistics will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), academic research, language testing or language planning and policy.
In an increasingly competitive global working environment, a comprehensive understanding of language can be your passport to success. There is increasing demand for experts in linguistics, both in Australia and overseas.
With your high-level linguistics skills, your future career opportunities will be abundant as demand for educated linguists continues to increase. Graduates of the University of Newcastle program have pursued careers teaching at universities around the world.
The Master of Applied Linguistics is an 80 unit postgraduate qualification.
Discipline areas include: Linguistics, Education, English, Languages, Psychology and Speech Pathology.
Relevant work experience is as a teacher of English as a second/foreign language.
Bachelor Degree in a discipline area with 1 year relevant work experience
Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline area
Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant discipline area
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit
Post-Admission RequirementsAnaphylaxis Training (AXS) Working With Children Check (WWC) Child Protection Awareness Training (CPA)
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governa
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Last updated August 14, 2017