Course outline_ENG604_Applied Linguistics




Title:                    Applied Linguistics      

Course code:       ENG604

No. of credits:      3 credits



This course examines knowledge derived from linguistic sciences about the nature of language, how it is acquired, how it is used, and the practical application of linguistic knowledge to the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language. Therefore, it covers such relevant topics definition of applied linguistics, the scope of applied linguistics, the relationship of applied linguistics to language teaching and learning, the two paradigms in the study of language as raw material for doing applied linguistics, and the application of the linguistic findings to solve language related teaching and learning problems in language areas (vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation) and language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).


On completion of this subject, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the relevance of work in linguistics and other related disciplines to language teaching and learning; and
  • Apply the knowledge of linguistics and other related disciplines into language education to solve practical problems in relation to not only language areas but also language skills.
  • Engage themselves in critical thinking and analytical mind, and work independently and creatively; and  
  • Have the capacity for professional development and long-life learning.  Develop an understanding of the key concepts and terminology in the field of language teaching methodology


  • Definition and scope of applied linguistics
  • Two paradigms in the study of language
  • The relationship between language education and applied linguistics
  • Vocabulary and applied linguistics: Four strands by Paul Nation
  • Grammar and applied linguistics: Explicit versus implicit and interactiove
  • Pronunciation and applied linguistics
  • Speaking and applied linguistics
  • Listening and applied linguistics
  • Reading and applied linguistics
  • Writing and applied linguistics and catching up


4.1. Required textbooks

  • Schmitt, N. (Ed.). (2010). An introduction to applied linguistics (2nd ed.). Oxon: Hodder Education
  • McCarthy, M. (2001). Issues in applied linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

4.2. Reference materials

  • Bartels, N. (Ed.). (2005). Applied linguistics and language teacher education. New York: Springer.
  • Cook, G. (2003). Applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Cook, G., & Seidlhofer, B. (Eds.). (1995). Principle and practice in applied linguistics: Studies in honour of H. G. Widdowson. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Davies, A. (2007). An introduction to applied linguistics: From practice to theory (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Groom, N., & Littlemore, J. (2011). Doing applied linguistics: A guide for students. London: Routledge.
  • McDonough, S. (2002). Applied linguistics in language education. London: Arnold.
  • Seidlhofer, B. (Ed.). (2003). Controversies in applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Stubbs, M. (1986). Educational linguistics. New York: Basil Blackwell.
  • Van Els, T., Bongaerts, T., Extra, G., van Os, C., & van Dieten, A. M. J. (1984). Applied linguistics and the teaching and learning of foreign languages (R. R. van Oirsouw, Trans.). Edward Arnold.
  • Widdowson, H. G. (1984). Explorations in applied linguistics 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Websites/ Softwares:


5.1     Midterm (40%)

  • Attendance and participation (10%)
  • Group presentation (30%)

5.2     Final (60%)

  • A language area and applied linguistics (30%)
  • A language skill and applied linguistics (30%)


  • Directed study:               45 periods
  • Independent Study:        135 periods