Applied Linguistics Curriculum


Area of Specialization: Language Communication & Media Discourse Studies

**Proposed Curriculum**

Please note that the curriculum approved in 2012 is still being implemented as this proposed curriculum is still undergoing review.




This proposed curriculum of the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics is arguably a first of its kind in the country. For one, it articulates the program’s alignment to national and international trends in language communication studies by adopting a multilingual perspective in teaching and research (i.e., not solely focused on the English language, or ‘language’ per se as we know it, but on various semiotic resources as well). While at the same time, it departs from the language education-focused Applied Linguistics programs common in the country by articulating its affinity with its undergraduate base, BA Communication. Since most, if not all communication and media entities and outputs use language as a medium, message, and channel, it is only fitting that highly specialized training on linguistic and discursive sensitivity be a necessary step forward to a successful career in the teaching, communication, and media industry.


While an Applied Linguistics program with a focus on communication and media is nothing new in Europe and North America, this curricular blueprint is hoped to also address communication-related needs within the University’s service community. It adopts a more liberal approach to graduate education, allowing relative flexibility to students who would wish to pursue language communication research on topics of their interest.



A. Foundation Courses (9 units)


Code                     Subjects                                                              Units            


APL201         Introduction to Language Studies                                       3                 

APL202         Critical Survey of Theories in Language & Communication     3                 

APL299         Research Methods in Applied Linguistics                               3                 


B. Major Courses (15 units)


Code                     Subjects                                                              Units


APL203         Structures in Language Communication                              3                 

APL204         Sociolinguistics                                                                 3                 

APL205         Discourse Analysis                                                            3                 

APL206         Semiotics & Visual Communication                                     3                 

APL207         Special Topics in Applied Linguistics                                    3      


C. Elective Courses (9 units or any 3 of the following)


N.B.: Students may also take elective/ equivalent courses depending on their interests and intended research topic from across all Master’s level graduate programs of the University upon the approval of the program chairperson.


                           Subjects                                                              Units


APL208         Philosophy of Language                                                    3                 

APL209         Rhetorics                                                                        3                 

APL210         Language & Communication Teaching & Testing                  3                 

COM201        Media Discourse Stylistics                                                 3

COM202        Communication & Management                                         3

COM203        Advanced Development Communication                             3     

LIN201         Linggwistiks sa Pilipinas                                                    3                 

CLT201         Comparative Literature                                                     3                 

LCM201        Foreign/Local Language                                                    3        


D. Research (6 units)


                  Subject                                                                        Units


APL300         Master’s Thesis                                                              6


Program Requirements:


Foundation Courses   -        9 units

                  Major Courses         -        15 units

                  Electives                -        9 units

                  Comprehensive Examination0 units

                  Research (thesis)     -        6 units

                  Total                                      39 units


Non-language or communication graduates may take additional 6 units of undergraduate Applied Linguistics subjects (under the BA Communication curriculum – Sociology of Language Communication, Discourse & Communication, or Language, Gender, and Media) OR pass a qualifying examination to be administered by the department upon completion of 12 units of coursework (Introduction to Language Studies, Critical Survey of Theories in Language & Communication, Structures in Language Communication)


Passing the Comprehensive Examination is required before taking APL 300.