Why Linguistics?

TWU offers diverse and thought provoking courses and experiences to arm students with the skills and know how to make a contribution on the international stage.

Why Linguistics?

TWU offers diverse and thought provoking courses and experiences to arm students with the skills and know how to make a contribution on the international stage.

Linguistics is the study of language and how it’s used in society.

Our courses teach you the skills you need to learn and describe languages, even languages that do not have a written alphabet. These skills include the recognition and pronunciation of non-English speech sounds, alphabet formation, description of grammars, and systems of meaning and beliefs. Our courses are based on proven techniques drawn from decades of research in hundreds of languages.

As a student of Linguistics, you will have opportunities in the areas of translation, cross-cultural communication, international development (especially literacy programs), speech-language pathology, and teaching English as a second language.

OUR LINGUISTICS PROGRAM OFFERS:

  • A major in Applied Linguistics leading to a BA degree
  • A concentration or minor in Applied Linguistics
  • A minor in Applied Linguistics with TESOL
  • A TESOL Certificate

ALUMNI PERSPECTIVE:

“I was drawn to TWU’s MALT program because of my interest in missions and God’s Word. While at TWU, I learned not only about the needs of Bibleless people around the world, but the needs in Canada as well. I was encouraged by my professors to tailor some of my course assignments to learn about the languages of some of Canada’s First Nations people, which culminated in an internship trip to Quebec where I worked with the Naskapi First Nation. I am now serving with the Oji-Cree people of northern Ontario with my wife Caitlin in the area of translation and language development.”

MATTHEW WINDSOR, 2015



SAMPLE COURSES

LING 210 • Language and Society

In this course, students examine and interpret how socio-cultural context affects the way people speak. Topics include regional and social dialects, multilingualism, language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity, linguistic politeness, the impact of modern technology, and the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages.

LING 318 • Theatre for ESL Teachers

In this hands-on course, students learn how to incorporate elements of theatre and drama techniques in the language classroom. Students critically examine and reflect on how drama activities can be used to contribute to the TESOL classroom.

LING 470 • Language and Culture Acquisition

This course provides students with practical skills for learning another language and culture. Based on current theories of second language and second culture acquisition, students develop and evaluate self-directed strategies based on personal learning styles. During the course, students gain experience by working with a speaker of a non-Indo-European language. This course equips students to be participating community members in another language community.


AFTER GRADUATION

Graduates of our Linguistics program go on to a variety of fields, such as translation, cross-cultural communication, international development (especially literacy programs), speech-language pathology, and teaching English as a second language. Our program is also excellent preparation for students who wish to continue their studies with a Master of Arts in Linguistics or a Master of Arts in TESOL through TWU’s School of Graduate Studies, a Master of Arts in Linguistics and Translation through TWU’s Graduate School of Theological Studies, or a graduate degree in speech-language pathology at another institution.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Minor
Concentration

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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TESL Certificate

A TESL certificate gives students a globally recognized program that will prepare them to teach English internationally or in Canada.

Careers in Linguistics
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Education in linguistics can be used in a variety of careers both on the mission field and the workplace, including:

  • Translator
  • Computational Linguist
  • Dialect Coach
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Teacher of ESL
  • Neurolinguist
  • Psycholinguist
  • Lexicographer

Faculty Profiles

Sean Allison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & M.A. Linguistics Program Director

Wanda Davies, M.A.

Instructor in Linguistics

Bill Gardner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Lori Gardner, M.A.

Instructor in Linguistics

James Hafford, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Larry Hayashi, M.A.

Instructor in Linguistics

David Jeffery, M.A.

Assistant Professor in Linguistics

Randy Lebold, M.L.E.

BA Linguistics Program Director, Assistant Professor
Steve Nicolle

Steve Nicolle, D.Phil.

Associate Professor, Program Director for MLE

Doug Trick, D.Min.

V.P. Academic Affairs at Canada Institute of Linguistics, Associate Professor