The field of Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies is Carleton’s unique approach to the study of language, combining several research areas that have previously had separate academic traditions. Carleton’s program in ALDS is unique in allowing students to combine these areas into a single program.
- Applied Linguistics: in contrast to formal Linguistics with its focus on the structure of language, Applied Linguistics emphasizes language as a system of communication and a form of social action. Its areas of investigation include how languages are assessed, learned and taught.
- Discourse Studies: this field also emphasizes language as a tool for communication and action in professional and social contexts. Discourse Studies takes a “multi-modal” approach, examining how written, spoken and visual modes of communication interact in workplace and academic settings, as well as in the media and social networking.
Graduates with degrees in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies are well-placed – not simply because of their degrees but because of their training – to take jobs in language education, in government and business, in NGOs, and emerging technologies, both in Canada and abroad.
See what graduates in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies are doing with their degrees
Our faculty members are active in the research of the following areas:
|Area of Research
|Second and foreign language teaching (including TESL)
Curriculum and methodology in second and foreign language teaching
|Janna Fox, Randall Gess, Eva Kartchava, Trudy O’Brien, Kristin Snoddon, David Wood|
|Language testing and assessment||Janna Fox|
|Languages for Academic/Specific Purposes||Janna Fox, Guillaume Gentil, Michael Rodgers, Trudy O’Brien,
|Second language acquisition||Randall Gess, Eva Kartchava, Trudy O’Brien, Michael Rodgers, David Wood
|Second language pronunciation||Randall Gess|
|Formulaic language and phraseology||David Wood|
|Writing in academic, professional, and community contexts||Natasha Artemeva, Richard Darville, Guillaume Gentil, Jaffer Sheyholislami, Graham Smart|
|Second language writing and biliteracy||Guillaume Gentil|
||Natasha Artemeva, Richard Darville, Guillaume Gentil, Marie-Odile Junker, Trudy O’Brien, Jaffer Sheyholislami, Graham Smart, Kristin Snoddon|
|Language and identity||Erik Anonby, Guillaume Gentil, Jaffer Sheyholislami, Kristin Snoddon|
|Language policy and language preservation||Erik Anonby, Richard Darville, Marie-Odile Junker, Jaffer Sheyholislami, Kristin Snoddon|
|Language documentation and language mapping||Erik Anonby, Marie-Odile Junker|
Note: Starting September 2010, all LALS course codes became either ALDS (Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies) or LING (Linguistics). Click here to view all course changes effective Fall 2010.