PhD | Field of Applied Linguistics

Our PhD program in the field of Applied Linguistics challenges students to engage with foundational theories and focused areas of educational research. Through developing expertise in a specified field, candidates will also contribute to existing bodies of knowledge and extend the reach of research to influence theory, policy, and practice.

Description

Our onsite program is designed to help students to succeed in their areas of interest by supporting them with top-tier researchers and academics and extensive library services.

Milestones

Comprehensive Examination

  1. A comprehensive exam will be implemented in the PhD program to meet requirements for the depth and breadth outcomes from the Graduate Degree Level Expectations document. The goal of the exam is for students to demonstrate a depth of information concerning their specific program of research and a breath of knowledge of their focus within the field (e.g., mathematics curriculum; ESL/EFL).

i. Format: One written question that asks students to discuss their program of research and how it relates to their focus within the field.

ii. Length: 8,000-10,000 words.

iii. Draft question: While cognizant that Applied Linguistics is a highly interdisciplinary field, you will demonstrate knowledge of key aspects of the development of your area of specialization in Applied Linguistics, including its evolution, seminal works and contemporary knowledge and issues in the area (e.g., educational linguistics related to second/foreign language teaching; discourse or genre approaches to EAP, etc.), describe your proposed program of research and how it relates to said area.  Students are encouraged to discuss their papers with anyone, including supervisors, but not show them drafts.

iv. Timeframe: As soon as you have completed your coursework, you will start your Comprehensive Exam process and must be completed in one term.  Comprehensive Exams are a Milestone and will not show up as a course in your Student Centre.  Once you have passed your Comprehensive Exam, it will appear at the end of your transcript under the Milestones area.

v. Administration: Students must submit the following to the Graduate Programs Office at least four weeks prior to the end of the term of registration: 1 electronic copy of comprehensive examination and Request for Administration of Qualifying Examination form.

vi. Reviewers: The student’s supervisor and one committee member or alternative that has knowledge of the field shall be completed. Each reader will independently determine whether the paper is satisfactory or not and notify the Graduate Programs Office within two weeks after the submission date. The Graduate Programs Office will then notify the Supervisor who will share the results with the student.

vii. Grading: Grading will be satisfactory or unsatisfactory. The paper must be judged satisfactory by both reviewers in order to be marked “Pass”. If a student’s paper does not pass, the student will be permitted to resubmit a revised version of the paper within two weeks of its return. The revised paper will be re-read by the same reader(s) who had marked it unsatisfactory. If the revised paper is not assigned a “Pass”, the student will be asked to withdraw from the program. If the paper is assigned a “Pass”, the student may proceed in the program to complete degree requirements.

Thesis Proposal and Presentation

When the thesis has been completed and approved by the Supervisor and the Thesis Advisory Committee, the candidate may submit the thesis for examination. The candidate submits the Application for Thesis Examination and the Doctoral Thesis Supervisor Approval forms to the Graduate Programs Office. The forms have to be submitted a minimum of seven weeks prior to the defence date. The thesis is uploaded to Scholarship@Western, Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository, a minimum of six weeks prior to the defence date.

The examination includes a Public Lecture which provides both a valuable means of disseminating research findings within the academic community, and an opportunity for all graduate students of education to participate in and contribute to the scholarly discourse of the university. In accordance with the appropriate regulations, the public lecture will be advertised in the University's Western News and on the University's web site, and be open to all members of the community. The examination normally follows within 24 hours of the lecture.

Details of the examination process are located in Section 8 of Graduate Regulations.

Timing/Delivery

Below is the typical program of study for a full time student:

Term Course/Milestone
Fall Year 1 ED 9715 Ph.D. Seminar and two electives
Winter Year 1 ED 9715 Ph.D. Seminar(continued from Fall)
1 of:

An additional research methodology course, such as:

  • ED 9705 Quantitative Research Methods
  • ED 9711 Qualitative Research in Education
1 Elective
Summer Year 1 ED 9789 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination (1-2 terms to complete)
Fall Year 2 ED 9789 Ph.D. Cmprehensive Examination (1-2 terms to complete)
Winter Year 2 ED 9790 Ph.D. Thesis
Thesis Proposal Presentation; submit Proposal and ethics, if applicable for approval
Summer Year 2 ED 9790 Ph.D. Thesis
Thesis Proposal Presentation; submit Proposal and ethics, if applicable for approval
Fall Year 3 ED 9790 Ph.D. Thesis
Winter Year 3 ED 9790 Ph.D. Thesis
Summer Year 3 ED 9790 Ph.D. Thesis
Fall Year 4 ED 9790 Ph.D. Thesis
Winter Year 4 ED 9790 Ph.D. Thesis
Summer Year 4 ED 9790 Ph.D. Thesis

Courses

Students Starting in September 2015

Details for those who are in the area of Applied Linguistics, you will be required to complete:
  • 6 half courses
    • 2 required courses
      • PhD Seminar in CSSAL - An apprenticeship to doctoral studies and academe with a mixture of methodological, theoretical, and practical content based in the fields. Learning opportunities related to research design and implementation (from conceptualizing problems to writing dissertation), dissemination (e.g., publications and presentations), and writing grant proposals. Students will reflect critically on diverse forms of research, research resources, and their roles and responsibilities as researchers as they plan their own doctoral research.
      • 1 Additional Research Methodology course - as approved by supervisor.
    • 3 Elective Courses
      • Understanding Second Language Learning and Teaching
      • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
      • Social Approaches to Language Learning and Teaching
      • Syllabus and Materials Design
      • Teaching the Four Skills
      • Teaching and Learning Vocabulary
      • Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching
      • Language Teacher Education
      • Minority Language Issues
      • First and Second Language Acquisition
      • Multilingualism and Multiliteracies: Teaching Language and Literacy in a Globalized World
      • Critical Issues in Language and Literacy Education
      • Multilingualism Through Multiliteracies
      • Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning
      • Action Research: Teachers as Researchers
      • Mixed-Methods Research
      • Special Topics: Introduction to Linguistics
  • Comprehensive Exam
    • A comprehensive exam will be implemented in the PhD program to meet requirements for the depth and breadth outcomes from the Graduate Degree Level Expectations document. The goal of the exam is for students to demonstrate a depth of information concerning their specific program of research and a breath of knowledge of their focus within the field (e.g., mathematics curriculum; ESL/EFL).
      • Format: One written question that asks students to discuss their program of research and how it relates to their focus within the field.
      • Length: 8,000-10,000 words.
      • Draft question: While cognizant that AL is a highly interdisciplinary field, you will demonstrate knowledge of key aspects of the development of your area of specialization in AL, including its evolution, seminal works and contemporary knowledge and issues in the area (e.g., educational linguistics related to second/foreign language teaching; discourse or genre approaches to EAP, etc.), describe your proposed program of research and how it relates to said area.  Considerations discussed may include: what is the state of knowledge in the specialization focus relative to your program? Where is your program positioned within the specialization focus? How does it mobilize (or not) past trends or contemporary practices in the area? How will it advance knowledge in the area?  Students are encouraged to discuss their papers with anyone, including supervisors, but not show them drafts.
      • Timeframe: Students may register for the exam once they have successfully completed coursework and before they have submitted a dissertation proposal. The comprehensive examination must be completed in one term.
      • Administration: Students must submit the following to the Graduate Programs Office at least four weeks prior to the end of the term of registration: 1 copy of comprehensive examination and Request for Administration of Qualifying Examination form.
      • Reviewers: The student’s supervisor and one committee member or alternative that has knowledge of the field shall be completed. Each reader will independently determine whether the paper is satisfactory or not and notify the Graduate Programs Office within two weeks after the submission date. The Graduate Programs Office will then notify the Supervisor who will share the results with the student.
      • Grading: Grading will be satisfactory or unsatisfactory. The paper must be judged satisfactory by both reviewers in order to be marked “Pass”. If a student’s paper does not pass, the student will be permitted to resubmit a revised version of the paper within two weeks of its return. The revised paper will be re-read by the same reader(s) who had marked it unsatisfactory. If the revised paper is not assigned a “Pass”, the student will be asked to withdraw from the program. If the paper is assigned a “Pass”, the student may proceed in the program to complete degree requirements.
  • Dissertation

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Admissions

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Tuition

Tuition amounts are set each year by Senate and then published on the Office of the Registrar's Fees Schedules web page. Fees are assessed once each term (Fall, Winter, Summer) according to the full or part time status of students (not by course).

Current students can access fee information by logging into the Student Centre (use your Western email log in and password). Students are notified each term once fee amounts have been posted in the Student Centre; it is each student's responsibility to log into the Student Centre and pay fees by the due date indicated. Failure to do so may result in a late payment fee or deregistration.

For questions about fees, including how to pay fees and the methods of payment that are accepted, students should go to the Student Financial Services pages of the Office of the Registrar's web site or contact Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) at 519-661-2100.

Please note: Fall term ancillary fees are proportionately higher for domestic students because part of this fee is the SOGS (Society of Graduate Students) Health & Dental Plan.  Health & Dental Plan fees provide coverage from September through August and are collected from graduate students in September. Students who are admitted and have their own coverage will be provided information on how to "opt out" of the SOGS Health Plan.

Funding

PhD students receive a funding package that includes the cost of annual tuition plus an additional $12,000. A portion of the funding package involves either a Research Assistantship (RA) or Departmental Teaching Assistantship (DTA) requiring 10 hours of work per week for 28 weeks (September to April) in the Faculty of Education. Details of the assignments are determined in consultation with students after they have formally accepted the offer of admission from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Taking on the role of RA or DTA provides students with crucial experience for their academic career after completion of the Ph.D. The maximum term for funding is 4 (four) years or 12 (twelve) terms. Please note that those who win major financial awards (OGS, Tri-Council or other awards valued at $15,000 or more) will be responsible for their own tuition and ancillary fees.

Technology

Instructors of onsite courses use the Sakai OWL platform, although it is not required.  Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the @uwo.ca and its accompanying password). Access to Sakai OWL is found here: https://owl.uwo.ca/portal.

For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  •     High speed Internet access
  •     Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  •     Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  •     WebCam
  •     Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  •     Audio headset and microphone for computer