This course introduces the principles of working language and systems of language and support the careers of teaching professionals working in language-related areas.
It is designed for professionals intending to teach applied linguistics and/or TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) in Australia or overseas. It focuses on theories of language acquisition and the role of language in society, particularly in transcultural settings.
Theoretical units feed into practical units of language-teaching methodologies, course design and assessment. Special Topics in Applied Linguistics focuses upon specific areas of contemporary relevance. You will also learn the basics of research methods in applied linguistics and have the scope to conduct an independent study, which could prepare you for a future in research.
Students who complete the master degree to a high standard may be eligible to proceed to doctoral-level studies.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
What jobs can the Master of Arts (TESOL) lead to?
The future of TESOL and language education
As global business and education markets expand, skilled TESOL and language teachers will be increasingly in demand in the corporate and education sectors in Australia and overseas.
The focus on language and culture in Curtin’s applied linguistics and TESOL courses provides graduates with important cross-cultural linguistic skills that are an asset to any multicultural and/or multilingual workplace.
What you'll learn
- understand the theoretical principles and research practices underlying contemporary language education and Applied Linguistics and apply them in a sustainable manner
- formulate and investigate problems, propose solutions to current practices, and reflect critically on the relevant empirical and theoretical literature
- identify, access, analyse and synthesise information from a wide range of sources using appropriate technologies
- communicate information and ideas effectively in speech and writing in ways that are appropriate for a range of audiences
- engage effectively with appropriate technologies to store and communicate relevant information in conjunction with contemporary language education and Applied Linguistics practices
- demonstrate capacity for independent self-directed learning; critically evaluate personal performance through a range of learning interactions; respond to feedback with a view to development as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner
- consider language education, Applied Linguistics and professional issues from a variety of perspectives and value-systems with a view to informing and improving professional practice and applying international standards
- appreciate the value of individual and cultural differences in language use and learning, and the important implications they have for effective practice and professionalism in the workplace
- work both independently and as part of a team in a way that demonstrates professionalism, a commitment to social and ethical practices and the capacity for future leadership in the field of language education and Applied Linguistics