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Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

MA(Curtin) - MC-APLING Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

The Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) is a one-year full-time or part-time equivalent course designed for professionals in the field of language education.

The course, which concentrates on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), considers issues connected with TESOL teaching in Australia and the Asia–Pacific region. The course is designed for teachers intending to work in Australia and overseas and is available to international students.

You will evaluate current second language acquisition theory and consider the roles and status of languages in multicultural societies, particularly in Asia. You will consider contrastive learning and teaching styles with special reference to teacher-student roles in Asian and Australian societies. You will also learn to effectively plan and evaluate language teaching, schemes of work/syllabuses, and language assessment procedures.

You will be able to take alternative pathways - coursework or research. If you aim to undertake doctoral level studies in the future you are advised to complete the research dissertation pathway. Graduates of the research pathway are expected to be able to plan and conduct research, and to develop and evaluate projects with a high degree of initiative, independence and resourcefulness.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

A teaching degree of at least four years full-time or part-time equivalent
A bachelor degree of at least three years full-time or part-time equivalent and a Graduate Diploma in Education or equivalent
A bachelor degree of at least three years full-time or part-time equivalent and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL or equivalent


A demonstrated, extensive teaching background is desirable for all applicants. As a guideline, applicants who do not have English as a first language will need a minimum proficiency of IELTS 6.5, with sub-scores of 6 in all areas.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

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Credit for previous study

 Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

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Career opportunities

Employment in TESOL to 2016–17 is expected to grow moderately. TESOL teachers are employed across several industries including education and training, health care and social assistance, public administration and safety, and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

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