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the program

Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of research and practice dealing with problems relating to language and communication in society, the media, organizations, business, and politics. Students in this M.A. program are given the tools to identify problems and to work on solving them by applying linguistic theories and employing empirical and experimental methods.

The program aims at developing knowledge of the theories and methods used in intercultural communication, second language acquisition, language processing, and translation studies. Course topics include interpersonal communication, regional and social variation in language behaviour, (im)politeness across cultures, pragmatic competence, writing in a second language, and cognitive processes in translating.

Students in this program are strongly encouraged to design and conduct their own research projects from the outset. For this purpose we offer access to and support in using linguistic research facilities. The Research Center for Empirical Pragmatics (RCEP) provides students with a variety of research tools such as recording equipment, linguistic corpora, and software for data gathering, processing, and analysis.

This program gives an overview of the field of Applied Linguistics and provides specialization in a wide range of subdisciplines. The core modules are intercultural communication, second language acquisition, language processing, and translation studies. Teaching and research supervision are also offered in pragmatics, discourse analysis, genre analysis, sociolinguistics, dialectology, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, and metalexicography.

the program structure

The M.A. Applied Linguistics is a two-year program consisting of four semesters for a total of 120 credits (30 credits per semester). All courses are taught in English. The third semester can be spent abroad. The program culminates with an empirical master's thesis, written in the fourth semester.

 

  • Duration: Two years (four terms), full time
  • Credits: 120
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • The third term can be spent abroad. In the past, students have completed the semester at e.g. York University (Toronto, Canada), National University of Singapore, the University of Stavanger (Stavanger, Norway) and the State University of New York (Albany, USA), among others. Alternative courses will be offered for all students staying in Bonn.
  • Final term: Empirical Master's thesis

 

an international learning environment

With students from over 20 countries, the M.A. Applied Linguistics program offers a culturally-rich environment that allows the exchange of ideas, languages, and perspectives from all around the world.

 

M.A. Countries of Origin

Our MA students are from:
Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Moldova, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, UK, Ukraine, USA

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