Are you fascinated by language and the many and varied ways people use it? Do you love learning languages? Do you want to know more about how language can be learned, taught, and used most effectively in schools, universities, and workplaces?

In Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, students identify, investigate and offer solutions to real-life language-related problems. As an interdisciplinary field encompassing work in Applied Linguistics, Writing Studies, Discourse Studies and Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies develops and applies theories to solve everyday problems involving language.

The School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton offers degrees in two areas of concentration at the undergraduate level:

Fatima Ady

Fatima Ady

Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies helped develop my academic writing and critical thinking, and I am able to use those skills in my current position as a Research Assistant. Without my professors’ guidance, I would not have had the confidence to go forward into graduate studies, pursue a thesis, and build myself as a researcher. – Fatima Ady, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies graduate

The Carleton advantage

Carleton University is one of the leading universities in Canada in the fields of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, and Teaching English as a Second Language. Carleton’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies is recognized nationally and internationally for its research into both theoretical and applied linguistics.

Faculty members carry out research in a variety of areas, including syntax, phonology, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, language acquisition, language teaching, curriculum development, language policy, language testing, adult literacy, educational linguistics, the development of writing abilities and the use of language in the workplace.

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Sample Career Paths

  • Public or private sector
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Policy-making
  • Writing and communications
  • Editing
  • Translation
  • Education and higher education
  • Research
  • Language teaching and assessment

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