Kenya is a multi-ethnic community facing substantial political and social changes. It therefore provides a most interesting context for doing advanced study in Applied Linguistics. Applied Linguistics as a discipline covers a wide set of numerous areas of study connected by the focus on the language that is actually used. The emphasis in Applied Linguistics is on language users and the ways in which they use languages, contrary to theoretical linguistics which studies the language in the abstract and not referring it to any particular context, or language. Language and language problems affect all speakers, and are an integral part of their social experience. The starting point therefore is that rather than simply studying or reading about it, Applied Linguistics is best understood in practice. Major branches of Applied Linguistics include bilingualism and multilingualism, computer-mediated communication (CMC), conversation analysis, contrastive linguistics, language assessment, literacies, discourse analysis, language pedagogy, second language acquisition, lexicography, language planning and policies, pragmatics, sign language, stylistics and rhetoric, forensic linguistics, interpretation and translation, corpus linguistics, and critical applied linguistics. The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics is designed for language educators and other professionals who wish to gain a firm theoretical grounding in Applied Linguistics and explore its relevance to their professional practice. The programme should be able to develop students‘ understanding of the linguistic dimensions of cultural diversity, globalisation and social change; and develop skills in the application of linguistic theory to a range of professional practice. It integrates theory and practice and is an internationally recognised qualification, so students will be able to teach or work in Kenya and anywhere else in and around the world. Students will benefit from the wide range of research interests in areas such as academic and workplace literacies; first and second language development; discourse analysis and editing practices; cultural diversity in the workplace; language, ideology and power; critical literacies; grant writing and project planning in linguistics; literacy instruction and Applied Linguistics; linguistic theories and pedagogy; Applied Linguistics and professional practice. Students of this programme should also be able to apply linguistic insights to computer application areas as natural language processing, machine translation, speech technology, etc. Additionally, graduates of this programme should be able to pursue further education to become lecturers and professors in the various sub disciplines of Applied Linguistics.
By the end of the programme, the learners should be able to acquire a solid foundation in linguistic theory and analysis and apply this in various relevant contexts.
By the end of the programme, learners should be able to:
i) Demonstrate a rigorous theoretical grounding in Applied Linguistics relevant to the needs of language educators and other professional groups;
ii) Describe the basic principles of Applied Linguistics and apply them to their field of interest and professional practice;
iii) Develop their understanding of the linguistic dimensions of cultural diversity, globalisation and social change.
iv) Develop skills in the application of insights of linguistic theory to a range of professional practice.
v) Pursue further postgraduate study for a PhD.
The common regulation for all Masters Degrees in the University shall apply.
i) Candidates must hold at least a Second Class (Upper Division) Honours B.A. (Kiswahili / English) or B.Ed (Arts) of Egerton University with specialization in English / Kiswahili and General Linguistics;
ii) Holders of at least a Second Class (Upper Division) Honours in an undergraduate degree with specialization in English/Kiswahili, or General Linguistics and English/Kiswahili from other recognized institutions are also eligible;
iii) However, applicants who are holders of a Second Class (Lower Division) degree with relevant two (2) years working experience may be considered.
Course Structure and Duration
i) The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics shall extend over at least 18 months but not longer than 36 months;
ii) In the first year of study, all the candidates will take coursework and examinations;
iii) During the first year of study, all the candidates will take a total of eight courses, i.e. Four courses in each of the first and second semester. Of these, six will be compulsory and two will be elective;
iv) In the second year of study, candidates will take one of the following modes of study.
Either mode A: Coursework, examinations and project.
Mode B: Thesis.
v) Candidates who opt for mode A will take 9 CFs in the first semester of the second year. Of these, 6 CFs will be compulsory and 3 CF will be an elective.
-Candidates taking mode A will devote the second semester of the year to project work. A project will be equivalent to 9 CF.
-Each course in the first year of study will be of four (4) CFs while those in the second will be of three (3) CFs.
vi) Candidates who opt for mode B will devote the whole of the second year to carrying out research, which will lead to the write up of a thesis. The research topic will be on an approved area within the area of Applied linguistics;
vii) Course Coding
The courses are coded LING, which represents Linguistics;
The First Digit represents the year (level) in which the unit is offered;
The Second Digit represents the semester in which the course is offered;
The Third Digit represents the sequencing of the course in the category.
All the examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance within Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.