Applied Linguistics (MSc/PhD)


Based on inter and transdisciplinary perspectives, Unisinos Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics encompasses the levels of Master and Doctoral Degrees. It promotes investigations in the area of language to qualify professionals in the field of Languages, as well as in other fields, who are interested in studying language. The program, which is recommended by CAPES with grade 5, presupposes the expansion of areas related to the studies of language, as it focuses on technologies and interaction.

Thus, it opens the possibility of innovative works in the area, such as the ones that propose interfaces with textual issues, information technologies, and specialized languages terminologies. The relation with the body of research that investigates interactional events that determine relations in the world of work is also investigated. Aiming to further advance investigations in Applied Linguistics, the Program encompasses research about several themes based on different theories that feed their areas of research. It is the only Graduate Program to offer a Doctoral Degree in Applied Linguistics in the south of the country.


Language, Technology, and Interaction

Areas of Study

Language and School Practices
The objective of this area of study is to develop research to investigate linguistic phenomena in the language teaching-learning scope in formal or informal educational contexts. Studies of discourse practice and interaction in the school environment are carried out, taking into account their relations with historical and sociocultural contexts.

Text, Lexicon, and Technology
The objective of this area of study is to develop research to investigate linguistic phenomena in the scope of the text, considered as a fundamental communicative unit in human language, organized at the macro and microstructural levels and situated in interactional contexts. Texts are studied in terms of their organization, discursive processes, and recursiveness phenomena, seeing them as open, dynamic, and complex systems.

Interaction and Discourse Practices
The objective of this area of study is to develop research to investigate discourse practices under the perspective of interaction, which is understood as an interactional event in itself and as a constitutive dimension of subject and meaning. Research developed in this area conjugate, at the micro and macro levels, interactional practices in different contexts, such as company, family, school, hospitals, and offices.

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Head of Department

Cátia de Azevedo Fronza
PhD in Linguistics.
Areas of Interest: Language acquisition, Phonetics and phonology, Oral/written relation with a focus on inclusion issues.

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Academic Staff

Ana Cristina Ostermann
PhD in Linguistics.
Areas of Interest: Interactional sociolinguistics, Conversation analysis, Language and social genre, discourse and labor.
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Anderson Carnin
PhD in Applied Linguistics.
Areas of Interest: Text genres; Didactical material analysis; Teaching training; Production of didactical materials; Teaching acting analysis, and Portuguese teaching.
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Caio César Costa Ribeiro Mira
PhD in Linguistics.
Areas of Interest: Interactional Sociolinguistics, Conversation Analysis, and Text Linguistics.
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Christine Nicolaides
Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics.
Areas of Interest: Teaching and learning of Additional Languages. The development of learner autonomy in teaching and learning additional languages in the light of Critical Pedagogy and Sociocultural Autonomy in situated language contexts.
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Dorotea Fank Kersch
PhD in Romance Philology.
Areas of Interest: Native language teaching, Linguistic Education, and Literacy.
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Maria Eduarda Giering
PhD in Linguistics and Languages
Areas of Interest: Scientific and media discourse, Science popularization and mediatization, Discourse genres, Study of texts under the textual-discursive perspective, Argumentation.
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Marília dos Santos Lima
PhD in Linguistic Science (Applied Linguistics).
Areas of Interest: Applied linguistics, Teaching methods and techniques, Theories of instruction, and Foreign language teaching.
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Rove Luiza de Oliveira Chishman
PhD in Applied Linguistics
Areas of Interest: Computational Semantics, Cognitive Semantics, Computational Lexicography.
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Associate Professors

Isa Mara da Rosa Alves
PhD in Linguistics and Portuguese.
Areas of Interest: Distance teaching; Teaching-learning in digital, on-site, and distance contexts; Lexical Semantics; Natural Language Automatic Processing.
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Sandro Rigo
PhD in Computer Sciences.
Areas of Interest: Computer Sciences, with focus on Graphic Computation; Web Development; Semantic Web, Distance learning education.
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Post Docs

Joseane de Souza
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Larissa Moreira Brangel
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Volunteer Researcher

Maria da Graça Krieger
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Curricular Structure for the Master's Degree Program Back to menu

Master's Degree

The Master's Degree Program consists of 30 credits, including thesis. Students may take Required Courses (Two courses, relating to 6 credits), Optional Courses (up to 18 credits or 6 courses), scientific production dissemination activities (up to 3 credits), and courses connected with other Graduate Programs (up to 6 credits). The thesis, developed throughout the course, consists of six credits.

Required Courses (6 credits)
- Research Seminar in Applied Linguistics (3 credits)
- Linguistic Theories (3 credits)

Optional Courses (up to 18 credits)
- Theories of Language Acquisition and Development (3 credits)
- Language and Technology (3 credits)
- Language and Interaction (3 credits)
- Native Language Learning (3 credits)
- Foreign Language Learning (3 credits)
- Declarative-Discursive Analytical Perspectives (3 credits)
- Advanced Seminars in Applied Linguistics (3 credits)
- Text/Discursive Genres and Types (3 credits)
- Social-Interactional Analytical Perspectives (3 credits)
- Models of Semantic Representation (3 credits)
- Study Seminars (3 credits)
- Teaching Internship (2 credits)

Doctoral Degree

The Doctoral Degree consists of 30 credits, including dissertation. Students must write the dissertation (six credits); and the other activities to be taken (24 credits) must be related to the project. For these activities, up to eight credits taken during the Master's Degree may be used.

- Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)
- Advanced Readings Seminar (3 credits)
- Directed Readings – Area of Study 1 (3 credits)
- Directed Readings – Area of Study 2 (3 credits)
- Directed Readings – Area of Study 3 (3 credits)
- Research Seminar in Area 1: Contexts and Perspectives (3 credits)
- Research Seminar in Area 2: Contexts and Perspectives (3 credits)
- Research Seminar in Area 3: Contexts and Perspectives (3 credits)
- Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (3 credits)
- Complementary Study Seminars (1 credit)

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Department of the Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics
Phone: +55 (51) 3590 8476 or (51) 3590 8132
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8 am to 10 pm
Location: Room 200 (Area of Communication Sciences) - Unisinos São Leopoldo Campus

Applied Linguistics (MSc/PhD)