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LINGUIST 4AA3 Applied Linguistics Seminar

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Wendy D'Angelo


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 504

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24780

Office Hours: Thursday 2-3 or by appointment (please email)

Course Objectives:

This course “is intended to provide students a contrast to formal linguistics. Incorporating both sociocultural and cognitive perspectives (language as a system of communication and a form of social action) we will explore how linguistics contributes to real-world issues.  Students will learn about the fundamental themes, tools and participants of applied linguistics and delve into specialist areas such as:

language teaching and education, literacy and language disorders; language variation and world Englishes; language policy and planning; lexicography; multilingualism and translation.” (taken from our course text: Mapping Applied Linguistics: A Guide for Students and Practitioners)

Format (2 Hour Seminar):

Each week, a new topic will be introduced to the class through lecture, discussion and ‘Online Review Activity’ (2% each x 7). Students are expected to read the chapter before the lecture and answer the activity questions assigned.

Each week the instructor will randomly select students to share answers from readings and homework assigned. You will need to be prepared for each class in order to earn your ‘In Class Discussion’ marks (5% each x 3: see ‘Evaluation/Assessment’).

Class Organization (times are approximate and order may change):

  • Lecture (approx. 50 minutes)
  • In Class Review Activity (approx. 15-20 minutes)
  • Break (approx. 5 min)
  • In Class Discussion (approx. 30 mins)

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Hall, Christopher J., Patrick H. Smith, & Rachel Wicaksono. Mapping Applied Linguistics: A Guide for Students and Practitioners. New York: Routledge, 2017. 

Method of Assessment:

  • In Class Discussion [x3]  (you will be called upon at random to answer assigned homework on syllabus starting in week 2): 15% [weekly]
  • *In Class Review Activities [x7]: 15% [weekly]
  • Short Group Presentations [x3] + *Online Reflections [x 3]: 40% and 20% respectively [dates: January 30th, February 27th; March 27th]


*These components are delivered online through Avenue to Learn during class time. Please always bring a device to class to access Avenue to Learn and to perform online searches when required.

Presentation Guidelines:

Presentations will be 7-10 minutes in length and deal with one of the topics below. You will work in threes. You are required to present a real life problem to the class and offer tangible solutions as an “Applied Linguist” (I may provide you with a question to answer from your textbook, an article or website to critique. You are encouraged to use audiovisuals where appropriate (PowerPoint/Keynote/Prezi; very short audio/video clips of no more than 1-2 minutes) and be creative in your presentation of material (you may wish to simply report on a topic, or, if appropriate, role play/act out a scenario and then provide critical commentary). In sum, have fun but be instructive. It is your opportunity to teach the class about what you have learned/how you can solve a problem/use your critical thinking skills in an engaging and collegial way.


Presentation Topics (may include but are not limited to):

Language Policy and Planning and Additional Language Education, Discourse Analysis;

Sector Specific Language Use: Advertising and Media; Lexicography; Language Pathology

Peer Review Guidelines:

You will take notes on your peers’ presentations and answer questions. I will post questions on Avenue in the form of a ‘quiz’ for you to answer about the presentations during the presentations in class. You are exempt from answering questions about your own presentations.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Time extensions are provided only to students with documentation from SAS (whereby the SAS accommodation states explicitly that the accommodation is for time extensions and/or unexpected absences) or to students respecting a religious observance (you must communicate the date of absence/work missed to the instructor in writing during the first week of classes). 

If you are absent when called upon in class for the assigned homework, you must submit an MSAF in order to have your turn rescheduled. Please advise your instructor at the start of term if you have any religious observance, specialist appointments etc. so she can accommodate you. In the interest of privacy, please note that you do not need to give details of your medical appointment or religious observance, just please confirm the date of your absence at the start of term.

To be eligible to write a make up test/assignment at term end to count toward the value of any one piece of missed work, you must submit an MSAF. To make up for more than one missed graded assignment (i.e., any of the assessments listed in on the syllabus) please contact your faculty for permission and advise the instructor that you have done so by carbon copying her on your email correspondence to your faculty by April 6, 2017.

The format and content of the make up assignment will be decided by the instructor based on the amount of and type of work missed.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

SYLLABUS: LINGUIST 4AA3 (January-April 2018)                Dr. D’Angelo


Topics/Readings/Review Questions



TOPIC: Introduction to Applied Linguistics (Chapter 1)

Reading: 1-21 (selected pages)

Review Questions: 21 ex. 1, 2 (to work on in class/ time permitting)


TOPIC: Language Variation (Chapter 2)

Reading: 23-49 (selected pages)

Review Questions: 50 ex.1, 2  (to work on in class/time permitting)


TOPIC: Key Populations (Chapter 3)

Reading: 52-74

Review Questions: 74 ex. 1, 2

In class review activity 1 (to submit online through Avenue during class)


TOPIC: Discourse Analysis (Chapter 4)

Reading: 76-95

Review Questions: 1, 2

In class review activity 2 (to submit online through Avenue during class)


Group Oral Presentation and Online Reflection 1 (reflection to submit online through Avenue during class)



TOPIC: Language Policy and Planning (Chapter 5)

Reading: 98-123

Review Questions: 125 ex. 1,2

In class review activity 3 (to submit online through Avenue during class)


TOPIC: Literacy (Chapter 6)

Reading: 129-151

Review Questions: 1, 2

In class review activity 4 (to submit online through Avenue during class)




Group Oral Presentation and Online Reflection 2 (reflection to submit online through Avenue during class)



TOPIC: Language and Education (Chapter 7)

Reading: 154-174

Review Questions: 1 or 2 (choose one)

In class review activity 5 (to submit online through Avenue during class)


TOPIC: Bilingual and Multilingual Education (Chapter 8)

Reading: 176-194

Review Questions: 1, 2

In class review activity 6 (to submit online through Avenue during class)


TOPIC: Translation (Chapter 10)

Reading: 223-246

Review Questions: 1, 2

In class review activity 7 (to submit online through Avenue during class)


Group Oral Presentation and Online Reflection 3 (reflection to submit online through Avenue during class)



Guest Lecture/Presentation and Bonus Activity (Topic:TBA)

Other Course Information:

The instructor reserves the right to alter this document.