LINGS304-20A (HAM)

Applied Linguistics

15 Points

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General and Applied Linguistics


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Paper Description

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Paper Description

The overall aim of this paper is to provide an introductory overview to the main areas of research and professional practice in Applied Linguistics.

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Paper Structure

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  • This is a single semester elective paper within the undergraduate Linguistics programme involving two lectures per week.
  • There are no scheduled tutorials, but students are encouraged to seek specific tutorial help when working on assignments. (You can do this during my office hour or email me and request a specific time to meet.)
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • describe key elements of theories of first and second language acquisition
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  • describe the key elements of professional practice in second language teaching (SLT), including syllabus, materials, methodology, testing and cross-cultural influences
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  • describe the key issues in language planning
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  • describe the main procedures of corpus linguistic research and its application to dictionary-making and lexicography
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  • describe the main activities involved in interpreting and translation
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  • describe the key elements of professional practice in forensic linguistics
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  • describe the key professional activities and knowledge elements of speech language therapy
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The course is internally assessed by three essay-type assignments and one test. The assessment tasks are briefly outlined here, but more specific guidelines for each on will be provided on Moodle.

Assignment 1: Essay (Due, March 16, 2020)

(1000 – 1500 words)

Drawing the content of Lectures 2 & 3 and the related course readings, write a paragraphed essay in formal prose (no bullet points or lists). Your essay should consist of the following two parts:

(a) describe the main elements of the three theories of language learning (that have been applied to both first language acquisition and second language learning)

(b) discuss the elements of any of these theories that seem to relate to second language learning drawing on your own language-learning experiences or observations of others.

Assignment 2: Lesson Observation (Due April 9, 2020)

(1000 – 1500 words)

You will be given part of the transcript of a language lesson, the video of which will be on Course Reserve. You will be required to write a commentary on the events of the lesson and the types of language used in relation to your knowledge of teaching methods. (Detailed guidelines for this assignment will be provided during the course.

Assignment 3: Test (May 21, 2020)

The test will take place in the regular scheduled class time on Thursday, May 16 . This test will cover the content delivered in the Lectures of Weeks 7 and 8 as well as the readings relating to each of these four lectures. The format of the test may include questions requiring short answers and some paragraph writing.

Assignment 4: Essay (Due June 18, 2020)

(2000 - 2500 words)

Write an analytical description of one of the following professions:

  • dictionary making
  • interpreting and translation
  • forensic linguistics
  • speech and language therapy

In your description you should include the following aspects of your chosen applied area:

(a) a definition the occupational activity including the type of work involved

(b) a description of the types of knowledge and skill required to carry out this work

(c) a description of one practical example of the implementation of this activity exemplifying the types of knowledge and skill required by the practitioner


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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Essay
16 Mar 2020
No set time
  • Email: Lecturer
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Lesson Observation
9 Apr 2020
No set time
  • Email: Lecturer
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Test
21 May 2020
4:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Essay
18 Jun 2020
No set time
  • Email: Lecturer
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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In Lecture 1, you will receive a list of readings have been assigned for each lecture. It is important that you read the selected literature before attending the lectures.
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Recommended Readings

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The following books relate to applied linguistics, and are available from the Library and their CALL numbers have been provided. A few can only be accessed as e-books through the library catalogue.

Baker, C. (2006). Foundations of bilingual education and bilingualism. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters. LC3715.B35 2006

Brown, K (Editor in Chief). (2006). Encyclopedia of language & linguistics (2nd ed.). Boston: Elsevier [only electronic access via the library catalogue]

Cohen, A. D. (1994). Assessing language ability in the classroom. Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle Publishers. PE1128.A2C6557 1994.

Eggington, W., & H. Wren (Eds.). (1997). Language policy: Dominant English, pluralist challenges. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company P119.32.E54L36 1997

Heaton. J.B. (1988). Writing English language tests. Harlow, England: Longman. PE1128.A2H434 1988

Hinkel, E. (Ed.) (1999). Culture in second language teaching and learning. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, (pp.196-219). P53.C77 1999

Harmer, J. (2007). The practice of English language teaching. Harlow, England: Longman. PE1128.A2H34 2007

Kennedy, G. (1998). An introduction to corpus linguistics. Harlow, England: Longman.

Lightbown, P., & N. Spada. (2006). How languages are learned. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. P51.L54 2006

Nunan, D. (1991) Language teaching methodology: A textbook for teachers. Eaglewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. P51.N85 1991

Olsson, J. (2008). Forensic linguistics (2nd ed.). London: Continuum. HV80730.5.O45

Ohlsson, J. (2012). Wordcrime: Solving crime through forensic linguistic. London: Continuum HV8073.5 .O47 2012

Paltridge, B. (2000). Making sense of discourse analysis (Vol. book 3). Gold Coast, Qld.: Antipodean Educational Enterprises. PE1422.P35 2000

Samuelsson-Brown, G. (2004). A practical guide for translators (4th ed.). Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters. P306.S25 2004 [electronic access via the library catalogue]

Sterkenburg, P. G. J. v. (2003). A Practical guide to lexicography. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub. [only electronic access via the library catalogue]

VanPatten, B., & Benati, A. G. (2010). Key terms in second language acquisition. London: Continuum. P188.2 V38 2010

Waite. G. (1992). Aoteareo: Speaking for ourselves. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media, Ministry of Education. P119.32.N45W145 1992

Wajnryb, R. (1992). Classroom observation tasks. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. P53.85.W34 1992.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle site for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture PowerPoint frames and related handouts, important dates and the course outline are all available from this site.
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Because there is no final examination and the course is assessed throughout Semester A, your workload will be easier to manage if you attend class, review lecture material regularly, read regularly and widely, and allow yourself plenty of lead-in time for the assignments. You should also make sure that you take advantage of the individual assistance that will be provided as necessary.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: ARTSC105 or LINGS203 or LING203




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