Introduction to Applied Linguistics

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Introduction to Applied Linguistics


Dr. Donald W. Peckham

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Kristó Gyula terem


Monday 12-14

Course description

Short description

This lecture course surveys some of the basic issues and areas which fall under the broad heading of "applied linguistics". Topics to be covered include: multicompetence, foreign language learning and teaching, bilingual education, language policy and planning, World Englishes, language and the law, and research methods. The course will look at applied linguistics not only from the “linguistics applied” point of view, but will also present applied linguistics as a distinct branch of linguistics.



1. Introductions and definitions; historical review

2. Grammar and vocabulary in AL

3. Second language acquisition I

4. Second language acquisition II

5. Focus on the language learner

6. Language teaching methodology

7. Bilingual education and psycholinguistics

8. Sociolinguistics

9. World Englishes I

10. World Englishes II

11. Discourse analysis; Pragmatics

12. Language and the law

13. Research methods; writing up research;

14. Conclusions and review for the exam



Fall 2018


Requirements to get the grade

Final exam

Reading list

Brown, J. D. 1988. Understanding research in second language learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Dörnyei, Z. 2007. Research methods in applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Garcia, O. 1997. Bilingual education. In: Coulmas, Florian (ed.) The handbook of sociolinguistics, pp. 405-420. Oxford: Blackwell.


Kirkpatrick, A. 2007. World Englishes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Loftus, E. 1998. Language and memories in the judicial system. In: Oaks, Dallin. Linguistics at work, pp. 3-14. Harcourt Brace: Ft. Worth.


Richards, J. C. and T. S. Rogers. 1986. Approaches and methods in language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Schmitt, N. (ed.). 2002. An introduction to applied linguistics. London: Hodder.


Shuy, R. 1993. Language crimes: the use and abuse of language evidence in the courtroom. Blackwell: Oxford.

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