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MA Linguistics - Research or Coursework? :?:

 
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moemanco



Joined: 11 Apr 2005
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Location: Japan

PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:58 am    Post subject: MA Linguistics - Research or Coursework? :?: Reply with quote

Hello all, hope all is going well. Needed some advice and I thought
where better to turn then to you fine people of this world wide web with
your wealth of experience and all.

So my three years in Japan are coming to a close due to the birth of my
first baby boy and it's time to get it together.

After I finished my Business degree in Australia, where I was born and
raised, I came to Japan for a working holiday and here I am two and a
half years later thinking I've enjoyed this job so much that I think I
want to continue with it. I speak,not read or write, native Arabic and
I'm fully native in English of course. I was thinking of starting an MA
in Linguistics in the hope of it allowing me the opportunity to work
anywhere around the world at any in teaching English. I was even
thinking of this MA in Linguistics rather then an MA in TESOL because I
figure it would help me if and when I improve my Arabic to a level where
I can teach it or translate.

Does my track of thought appear to be sound thinking to you all out
there? Just need to know I'm not setting unrealistic goals.

So with this in mind I'm looking around and I realise I'm going to have
to choose between a coursework based MA or a research MA. Now I'd love
to get a Scholarship so I think I might have to do a research based MA
but I'm loosing hope of getting such a scholarship mainly because I
don't think I can work out how to go about it, so any information on
that would be really handy too.

Finally here are the two courses I'm thinking about.

Master of Applied Linguistics by research
http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ling/postgrad/ma.html

Master of Applied Linguistics by Coursework
http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/lcl/postgraduate_coursework/masters-appling.html

I just can't work out which one is going to be more beneficial for me in
the long run. I also don't have the first clue as to how or what I'd do
a
research for a MA of Linguistics as this is kind of a new field for me.
My B.B was in E-Commerce and Transport Logistics.

I hope I've provided enough info for you to be able to enlighten me with
your wisdom oh wise one of the web.

Moe
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Super Mario



Joined: 27 May 2005
Posts: 1022
Location: Australia, previously China

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm assuming you are going to do this in Australa, and not by distance.
If this is the case, I think you'll find [unless rules have changed in the last 2 years] that you can get a PG loan to pay for coursework, but not research.
This may influence your decision.
Did you mean interpreting Arabic, as opposed to translating?
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