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Applied Language Studies

Welcome to DALS

Language shapes our lives from birth and our mastery of it helps determine our future career paths. It is one of the features that makes us human and is closely bound up with our cultural identity. The Department of Applied Languages Studies at NMMU is based on a foundation of General Linguistics, i.e. non-language-specific, coupled with Applied Linguistics with a focus on

  • language acquisition as first and additional languages including how to teach an additional language
  • sociolinguistics including aspects such as language planning, text linguistics and translation studies.

At post-graduate level the Department offers a one year Honours programme that is designed to help address the multiculturalStudents reading and multilingual needs of our region by offering specialised streams in the above focus areas of study.

The taught Masters programme is offered over a two year period. The course is run subject to the number of students admitted to the course.

 At the undergraduate level, the Department offers various courses in applied languages studies including service courses for the Faculties of Arts, Business and Economic Sciences, Law, Education, Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology. 


Contact information
Dr Jacqueline Lück
Head of Department
Tel: 27 41 504 3558

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