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). 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 management and education entails the use of language as a medium, message, and channel, we believe that 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 (12 units)


Code                     Subjects                                           Units            


STAT201       Advanced Statistics                                       3                 

AL201             Introduction to Language Studies                 3                 

AL202          Critical Survey of Language 

& Communication Theories                      3                 

AL 299          Research Methods in Applied Linguistics         3                 


B. Major Courses (15 units)


Code                     Subjects                                               Units


AL211          Structure of Language I: Phonetics & Phonology   3                 

AL212          Structure of Language II: Morphology & Syntax    3                 

AL215          Semantics & Discourse Studies                            3                 

AL220          Sociolinguistics                                                  3                 

AL290          Contemporary Issues in Language 

Communication in the Philippines                  3      


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


                           Subjects                                                    Units


AL230          Philosophy of Language                                         3                 

AL240          Psycholinguistics                                                   3                 

AL250          Language & Communication Teaching & Testing       3                 

COM206        Communication & Management                             3     

COM225        Language Communication & Gender                      3     

COM230        Communication and Media Discourse Stylistics       3        

LING201       Linggwistiks sa Pilipinas                                        3                 

CL201          Comparative Literature Studies                              3                 

LCOM201      Foreign Language                                                3        


D. Research (6 units)

Passing the Comprehensive Examination is required before taking AL 300.

                  Subject                                                      Units


AL300          Master’s Thesis                                            6


Program Requirements:


Foundation Courses  -        12 units

                  Major Courses         -        15 units

                  Electives                -        9 units

                  Comprehensive Examination 0 units

                  Research (thesis)     -        6 units

                  Total                                       42 units


Non-language or communication graduates may take additional 6 to 9 units of undergraduate Applied Linguistics-related subjects under the BA Communication curriculum or equivalent 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 Language & Communication Theories, Structure of Language I & II).

Bridging Applied Linguistics-related courses under the BA Communication curriculum for non-language or communication graduates (any 2 or 3 depending on the advice of the Program Chairperson)

CSH01: Sociology of Language Communication (3 units)

CSH02: Language, Gender, and Media (3 units)

CSH03: Discourse and Communication (3 units)

COM02: Communication Theory (3 units)

COM03: Communication Research (3 units)

COM04: Communication, Culture, and Society (3 units)

Feb 22, 2020, 8:00 PM