What is Applied Language Studies?

 

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

Academic Plans

There are two different academic plans open to students participating in Applied Language Studies:

APPLS Diploma

The APPLS Diploma requires completion of the four APPLS courses with a cumulative average of 65%. These courses will be of interest to students who want to learn about language acquisition theory, the interactions amongst language, culture and identity, language teaching pedagogy, and language assessment. Completion of the diploma (unlike the APPLS Minor) does not require the study of additional language courses.

To graduate with the APPLS diploma, students must declare request the diploma on their Application to Graduate form.

APPLS Minor

The APPLS Minor requires the completion of the four APPLS courses (with a cumulative average of 65%) and four additional language courses (two each in two different additional languages, or four in one additional language). The minor will appeal to students who are taking (or who would like to take) additional language courses and simultaneously deepen their understanding of their language learning experiences by learning about language acquisition theory, the interactions amongst language, culture and identity, language teaching pedagogy, and language assessment.

To register for the APPLS minor on Quest, students must complete and submit the Plan Modification Form to the Registrar's Office.