CAL Survey of Applied Linguistics Programs
What is being taught and learned in applied linguistics programs? While recent work has investigated specific subfields of applied linguistics, no study has investigated the content offered and studied across applied linguistics.
Sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics, this project seeks to investigate the current state of applied linguistics graduate programs in the United States. The resulting report will provide information on current applied linguistics programs and may provide a basis for discussion about not only the current state of applied linguistics but also where the field should concentrate its effort in the next half century.
Preliminary focus groups conducted with the projectís advisory board established four primary research questions to be addressed by the study:
How does the field define applied linguistics? What are applied linguistics programs called and where within institutions are they housed?
What are the core areas of knowledge required to be an applied linguist? What are the courses required and offered within applied linguistics programs?
Where do applied linguistics students expect to go at the end of their programs? How prepared do graduates feel to enter the field? What kind of data exists on where graduates go after completing their programs?
What are the future directions of the field?
The CAL team is taking two approaches to addressing these research questions.
An online analysis of available information about applied linguistics programs was pooled to develop a holistic view on the requirements and offerings of such programs.
Online surveys were developed and distributed to faculty and students of applied linguistics.
At AAAL 2014 in Portland, CAL staff have organized a colloquium on the state of the field, which will take place Tuesday, March 25 at 8:00 a.m. in Salon F of the Marriott Downtown Waterfront. A paper focusing on the survey results will also be presented on Saturday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. in the Mt. Hood room on the second floor of the Marriott Downtown Waterfront.
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