University Handbook 2018

Master of Applied Linguistics

Course code/s: Melbourne (EMALC)

Course Details

Location Melbourne
Course Coordinator Dr Shem Macdonald
Course Code EMALC
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 023619G
Course duration 2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 240
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe

Course Description

This course leads students through an advanced professional qualification in some aspect of language or literacy development to an increased focus on research across the range of concerns related to language in applied contexts. Graduates of the course will be equipped to take positions of responsibility in the planning, administration and delivery of language and literacy programs and will be qualified to undertake applied research relevant to their professional responsibilities and interests.

Admission Requirements

Applicants with a three-year Bachelor degree or equivalent tertiary qualification are eligible for entry to the full 240 credit point program.

Applicants with an Honours degree or equivalent four-year qualification in a relevant area are eligible to apply for advanced standing entry to a 120 credit point program.

Course Requirements

The 240 credit point program may be taken over two years full-time or three to six years part-time.

Applicants with a relevant fourth-year qualification receive up to 120 credit points of advanced standing and take the remaining credit points over a minimum of one year full-time or two to three years part-time.

Course Structure

The course is available by all coursework, a combination of coursework and a minor thesis or by research. Information about Master of Applied Linguistics (EDMAL)  research degree is available in the Education/Research section of the Handbook.

Students taking the full 240 credit point program must take the majority (normally two-thirds) of their subjects from the list of applied linguistics subjects below and must also take the subject EDU5RME Research Methods in Education. The remaining subjects can be taken as a Minor Thesis or from other Education subjects.

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Master of Applied Linguistics (EMALC) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 123 KB]

LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Core subjects

EDU5RME  (S1 & S2)   Research Methods in Education *  (30 credit points) 

* This subject must not be taken in first semester of study except with subject coordinator permission.

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK = Week

Applied Linguistics subjects

All subjects are 15 credit points unless specified.

The following two subjects are to be taken in the first year by students taking a program longer than 120 credit points unless specific exemption is granted:

EDU4ILT  (WK 11-13) Introduction to Language Teaching
EDU4UET  (WK 31-34) Understanding English for Teaching

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK = Week

The following subjects are offered in alternating years and can be taken when available.

Year A

EDU5SLA   (S2) Second language acquisition (30 credit points)  (Not offered in 2018)
EDU5DLP  (S1) Designing Language Learning Programs (Not offered in 2018)
EDU5SGT  (S1) Sociolinguistics in Language Teaching  (30 credit points) (Not offered in 2018)
EDU5FFE (WK33 – 42)  Forms and Functions of Language in Education (Not offered in 2018)

Year B

EDU5BLE Bilingualism and Language Education
EDU5DAS Discourse Analysis: Spoken and Written Language in Use   (30 credit points)
EDU5SLL Second Language Literacies
EDU5DLL Designing Language Learning Experiences

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK = Week

Minor thesis

Students apply for entry to the minor thesis once they have commenced study and and have demonstrated that they have satisfied the eligibility requirements.

To meet these requirements students need:

  • at least 60 credit points remaining in their enrolment
  • a result of B or higher for EDU5RME Research Methods in Education (preference will be given to higher grades)
  • an average result of B or higher in other subjects (preference will be given to higher grades)
  • an available supervisor allocated to work with the student on their topic

Students who satisfy the eligibility requirements and for whom an appropriate supervisor is available can vary their enrolment to include the minor thesis. Approved students may take a 60 credit point Minor Thesis part-time over one year or full-time over one semester.

EDU5MTA  Minor Thesis A (30 credit points)
EDU5MTB  Minor Thesis B (30 credit points)
EDU5MTH   (S1 or S2) Minor Thesis (60 credit points)

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK = Week

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.


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