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M.A. in Applied Linguistics

Core Courses

MAAL6002 Second language curricula

This course examines the cycle of curriculum design and renewal in English language programmes with particular emphasis on their theoretical basis and practical implementation with reference to secondary and tertiary contexts.

MAAL6027 Discourse analysis

This course introduces participants to a range of approaches to the analysis of written and spoken discourse. These include conversation analysis, corpus linguistics, functional linguistics and critical discourse analysis. It also explores key concepts for understanding texts such as genre and register, speech functions, repair, turn taking and negotiation of meaning.

MAAL6028 Introduction to research methods

This course provides an overview of key methods for researching applied linguistics. At the end of the course, participants will be able to identify, describe and evaluate the relevance of research methods.

MAAL6029 Second language acquisition

This course provides an overview of key approaches and current trends of second language acquisition (SLA). By the end of the course, participants will have a clear understanding of the relationship among different SLA theories, as well as the methodology/techniques used in collecting second language data.

MAAL6030 Understanding language through grammar

This course adopts a functional view of grammar to understand language as a stratified system. At the end of the course, participants will be able to identify and describe the language use and function in some common genres, apply relevant grammatical categories to critically analyse and interpret language data and diagnose problems of language learners.