What is applied linguistics?

Applied linguistics is a discipline of design.

Applied linguistics designs, shapes, plans, arranges, facilitates or influences the solutions proposed for large scale or pervasive language problems.

Albert Weideman, applied linguist

Albert Weideman

Those who are at the receiving end of applied linguistic solutions encounter its designs mainly in three major types of plans:

  • language courses;
  • language tests; and
  • language policies.

In my book Responsible Design in Applied Linguistics: Theory and Practice, I offer a systematic account of how applied linguistics has developed. I ask questions that are seldom addressed: Where does the discipline derive from? Where is it heading? What directions has it already taken? Which direction should it embrace in future?

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