About us

Applied linguistics is distinct from theoretical linguistics. In addition to learning how applied linguists test linguistic theories in the real world, you will learn how they develop their own theories and methods for learning more about language in everyday use in face-to-face conversations, in language classrooms, and by people with communication disorders, among other contexts.

Applied Linguistics:

  • Examines the structure of language and its role in communication
  • Explores how children acquire language
  • Studies how the skills of second-language speakers develop
  • Investigates how the social or cultural environment interacts with language

Why Applied Linguistics at Brock?

  • Develop a strong foundation in the structure of language and its role in communication
  • Gain practical knowledge through clinical observations
  • Complete qualifications that provide access to accreditation in Adult ESL through TESL Ontario

Areas of study

Our courses include hands-on experience working with various aspects of language, learning how to develop materials for language teaching, or observing clients with communication disorders.

Gain a strong foundation in linguistics, hands-on fieldwork, clinical observation, teaching practice and practical workshops in one of our three areas of study.

With this certificate or major, learn how second language learning is different from first language learning, and prepare to teach ESL in different contexts. Learn about advanced theory and practice of second language learning and teaching, and complete a major research paper in our MA Applied Linguistics/TESL program.

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. Concentrate in Hearing Sciences and learn about sound, hearing, and hearing disorders, and prepare for admission to graduate audiology programs. Concentrate in Speech Language Sciences and learn about speech, language, and speech and language disorders, and prepare for admission to speech-language pathology graduate programs.