Applied Linguistics

By Prof. Rajesh Kumar   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1752
Language is an essential part of all that we do. It defines us as humans. This course deals with the applications of theoretical tools in understanding languages and out come of the analyses of theoretical tools. We aim to have delivered the applications of the fundamental ideas of language to the fields such as language teaching and learning, cognitive science, education, and language disorder and disabilities. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE: BA, MA, B El Ed, B.Ed. PhD, Machine Translations, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Science

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

01: Applied Linguistics 
02: Introduction to Language 
03: Structure of Language 
04: Language and Society 
05: Multilingualism and Language Learning 
06: First Language Acquisition 
07: Second Language Acquisition 
08: Language and Cognition 
09: Disabilities 
10: Cohesion and Coherence 
11: Behaviorism and Language Teaching 
12: Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
13: A Critique of Behaviorism 
14: Languages of home and school 
15: Critical Period Hypothesis 
16: Direct Method 
17: Audio-lingual Method 
18: Communicative Method 
19: Computer Assisted Language Teaching 
20: Method and Post Method 
21: Language Learning and Errors 
22: Contrastive Analysis 
23: Perspective on Interlanguage 
24: Materials 
25: Audio-visual aids 
26: Assessment 
27: Cloze Procedure 
28: Language and Education 
29: Multilingualism, Language Teaching, and Cognitive Growth 
30: Social Psychological Aspects of Language Learning 
31: Aspects of Vocabulary 
32: Language Policy and Language Teaching 
33: Linguistics and its Applications 
34: Application in Development of Social Theory 
35: Evolution of Language (Linguistic Theory in Applied Linguistics) 
36: Linguistic Competence Vs. Communicative, Social, and Discourse Competence 
37: Language in and of Politics 
38: Questions of Identity and Power

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Instructor bio

Prof. Rajesh Kumar

IIT Madras
Rajesh Kumar, PhD (Illinois) 
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai 600 036, TN, India
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4537

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Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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