Applied Linguistics Research Group

The Applied Linguistics Research Group is one of the main research groups within our School of Education.

It is run by six full-time academic staff members, who deliver Curtin’s postgraduate courses in applied linguistics, supervise higher degree by research (HDR) students and work on numerous national and international collaborative research projects.

You may be interested in studying applied linguistics if you wish to develop your expertise in course design, language teaching, and materials development for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Applied linguistics defines and addresses real-world problems related to language use and learning. It informs the theory and practice for teaching second and foreign languages.

Postgraduate courses

Curtin’s postgraduate courses in applied linguistics provide an introduction to the principles of working language and systems of language, and may support your career as a teaching professional working in a language-related area.

Curtin offers three courses in applied linguistics:

You can study the Master of Education online through Curtin, and all three courses can be studied online through Open Universities Australia.

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HDR supervision

Staff supervise PhD and Master of Philosophy students who focus on linguistic topics including task-based language teaching, technology-enhanced language learning, second language acquisition and second dialect acquisition.

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Research activities

The Applied Linguistics Research Group has research grants in the following areas:

  • Meeting the needs of Aboriginal students for whom English is a second language or dialect.
  • Developing culturally inclusive language assessments for Aboriginal students.
  • Measuring pragmatic competence in a second language.
  • Helping culturally and linguistically diverse students transition into university study.

Much of the research focuses on content and language-integrated learning.

The group also works on projects related to task-based language teaching, including corrective feedback, learner-generated task content, learners’ personal investment in tasks, task-induced interaction and language acquisition, the role of planning in task performance, and the use of tasks in diverse cultural contexts.

Further research areas include digital technology in language teaching, second language literacies and academic writing.