Applied Linguistics

Are you interested in how children acquire language, how the skills of second-language speakers develop, how various language disorders can be diagnosed and treated, or how social or cultural environments interact with language?

In our program, you’ll gain a strong foundation in linguistics, hands-on fieldwork, clinical observation, teaching practice and practical workshops to supplement your academic courses. We offer a choice of three majors:

Hearing Sciences or Speech and Language Sciences: In these majors, you’ll learn about basic science and communication processes, including the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, acoustics, linguistics, child language development and selected disorders of human communication.

Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Subsequent Language (TESL): In this major, you’ll study theories and methodologies relevant to learning and teaching English as a subsequent language.

For more information about Applied Linguistics, please visit our department page.

  • BA in Applied Linguistics
  • BA in Hearing Sciences
  • BA in Speech and Language Sciences
  • BA in Applied Linguistics/TESL
  • Minor in Linguistics
  • Certificates in Hearing Sciences, Speech and Language Sciences or TESL

Expected cut-off: mid 70s
OUAC Code: BAL


Career outcomes

  • Linguist
  • Translator
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Clinical researcher
  • ESL educator

Prerequisite requirements

  • English (ENG4U)

Recommended subjects

Hearing Sciences or Speech and Language Sciences

  • Two from Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Physics (SPH4U), Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)

Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Subsequent Language (TESL)

  • One from 4U history, 4U philosophy, 4U classical studies, or 4U international language