Applied Language Studies (APPLS) combines the application of second language theories to the practice of learning, teaching, and assessing second languages.
Integrating a wide range of perspectives, APPLS is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the nature of language. APPLS encompasses a wide range of topics and concerns from theoretical perspectives on second language acquisition, to concepts of culture and identity in respect to language and learning, and methodologies for teaching and assessment.
What can I do with a minor in APPLS?
APPLS is an interdisciplinary area of study and is an excellent fit for students interested in:
- learning a foreign language
- teaching second language learners
- pursuing teacher's college
- studying Applied Linguistics at the graduate level
Applied Language Studies is administered by the Culture and Language Studies department in co-operation with the following participating University of Waterloo departments and disciplines:
- Classical Studies
- French Studies
- East Asian Studies
- English Language Studies
- Germanic and Slavic Studies
- Italian Studies (St. Jerome’s)
- Religious Studies
- Spanish and Latin American Studies
- Studies in Islamic and Arab Cultures
APPLS course offering and descriptions
APPLS 205R - Second Language Acquisition
This course introduces major theories of second language acquisition along with reasons for variations in the speed and accuracy of learners' progress. It addresses such issues as error analysis, grammatical accuracy, and the effectiveness of bilingual or immersion education.
APPLS 301 - Language, Culture, and Identity
An introductory overview of fundamental concepts of language, culture, and identity that relates them to foreign/second language learning and teaching. This course is not language-specific but rather addresses general questions related to learning and using more than one language.
APPLS 304R - Second Language Teaching Methodology
This course offers a foundation for developing competence as a professional second language instructor. In classes exploring theories of second language instruction, students discover the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and popular methodologies and integrated approaches applied to such areas as communicative competence and general language skill development.
APPLS 306R - Second Language Assessment and Testing
This course explores the principles of second language testing - reliability, validity, practicality, authenticity, and impact - and applies them to language classrooms and high stakes proficiency tests such as the TOEFL. It considers the implications of testing for both teachers and students. Of interest to prospective teachers of English and other languages.
There are two different academic plans open to students participating in Applied Language Studies:
Minor for current University of Waterloo students
Students who want to explore the variables that determine second language learning success. If you are interested in how people learn, teach, and assess second languages, and the linkages between language, culture and identity, the APPLS minor is a great fit for you.
To register on Quest, students must complete and submit the Plan Modification Form to the Registrar's Office.
To graduate with the APPLS minor, students must declare the minor on their Application to Graduate form.
Diploma for non- or post degree students
This diploma may be of particular interest to students who wish to explore issues of second or foreign language teaching and acquisition.