MA (Min) in Applied Linguistics
We offer a one-year Master of Arts (Ministry) (CRICOS code: 094615B) program through our partner Melbourne School of Theology (MST), an affiliated college of Australian College of Theology (CRICOS Provider code: 02650E). The course not only offers an advanced qualification in Applied Linguistics in a sympathetic Christian setting, but serves to apprentice the applicant in the skills required to become a published researcher-practitioner in language development or related missiological fields.
This MA is designed for language development workers who currently hold a graduate award in applied linguistics or related disciplines. It opens a research pathway into awards such as the Doctor of Ministry (by research) or Doctor of Philosophy through the Australian College of Theology consortium or parallel awards in the Australian University sector. This course ideally builds on the Graduate Diploma of Language Description and Development (offered by SILA prior to 2015) or the current Graduate Diploma of Divinity, a yearlong course in language development offered through SILA in various modes and at the Kangaroo Ground campus. Others may take the course to satisfy the requirements for roles in SIL International, supplementing their existing competencies.
Admission to the MA(Min) is normally on the basis of the applicant:
- holding a graduate diploma, bachelor degree honours year, or a coursework Masters award in applied linguistics or related disciplines.
- demonstrating English language skills appropriate to this level of study. Candidates will either have satisfactorily completed a qualification solely in English at an approved tertiary institution OR have been resident in Australia with English spoken at home and work for at least 10 years OR have achieved a minimum overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no band score lower than 7.0 in reading and writing or 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.
The MA(Min) in Applied Linguistics requires the completion of 32 credit points. Units are mostly worth 4 credit points. Candidates may study full-time or part-time. Full-time students will normally take 16 credit points per semester. The minimum duration of the course is one year and the maximum is four years.
The units are at 700 level. All units are facilitated by internationally reputable practitioner scholars with significant cross-cultural experience.
Required Core Units
For unit descriptions click here.
- Applied Linguistics for Mission*
- Research Methods*
- Academic writing for ministry or mission
- Minor Project EM 795 (8 Credit Points) of 12-14000 words
- Conference participation
Candidates also take one of …
- Effective Christian Education across cultures*, or
- Developing Leaders across cultures EM 703-4*
and one of …
- The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Methods, EM 702-4*, or
- Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry practice, EM 780-4*
Units marked above with an * are taught in Monday to Friday 26 hour intensive block mode. This allows attendance from overseas citizens to travel to the course on tourist visas. Each of the four intensive units involve assigned pre-reading prior to the intensive block.
The typical unit rotation
|Semester 1 (Feb – Jun)||An advanced unit in …
Applied Linguistics for Mission
|Introduction to Research Methods
(With a special emphasis on Language research)
|Contextualisation of Theology & Ministry Practice
The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology & Ethnographic Methods
|Academic Writing in Ministry or Mission|
|Semester 2 (Jul – Nov)||Developing Leaders Across Cultures
Effective Christian Education across Cultures
|Linguistics, Mission, or Education Conference Participation||
Minor Project EM 795
14,000 words in Linguistics, Literacy, Translation, or related missional areas
Electives (red) are offered in alternate years. Core units (blue) and research related units (gold) are offered each year or semester as required.
|19 – 23 February||Research Methods||Dr Ken Manson
Dr Jeff Pugh
|9 – 13 April||Applied Linguistics for Mission||Dr Ken Manson|
|16 – 20 April||The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Methods||David Troolin MA (PhD Cand)|
|Blended mode or by supervision||Academic Writing for Ministry and Mission||(Dr Ken Manson)|
|16 – 20 July||Effective Christian Education Across Cultures||Dr Catherine Young (from UK)|
|By supervision||Conference Participation||By appointment|
|By supervision||Minor Project EM 795||By appointment|
Each 4 credit point unit costs $1500 (AUS) in 2018. Costs are subsidised by the Melbourne School of Theology. For more information, course advice, and enrolment forms please contact us.
Comfortable onsite accommodation is available at the picturesque Kangaroo Ground campus at the rural fringe on the outskirts of Melbourne. Please click here to read more about accommodation.
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