why did you choose your proposed course and institution
I am applying for a master's program of General and Applied Linguistics. The importance of learning a language has encouraged me to learn about linguistics in order to produce a comprehensive and accurate description of a language. My focus is on the structural linguistics, one of which is phonetics and phonology. Here, we investigate the production, communication, and reception of the language sounds, namely the sounds that are produced by speech tools contained in oral cavity and which are used to symbolize meanings. Of course, it is worthwhile for me when I did a research on the difference of language sounds spoken by the people in my region. I am assured that this master's program will make me more prepared to do in-depth research and develop local languages in my region.
My bachelor study on English Teacher Training and Education has prepared me with a strong foundation in English and theoretical aspects of linguistics study which can contribute in developing myself rapidly to reach my future goal in the master's program. I have learned about Introduction to Linguistics, English Phonetics and Phonology, and Semantics and Pragmatics in my bachelor study, all of which I got the highest marks. Moreover, with contribution of my lecturers and peers, I have also written scientific papers on linguistics since I was an undergraduate student. Additionally, my papers were published in international seminar proceedings. Then, I accomplished my study by receiving the highest mark in the study program for my final-year undergraduate thesis on English education. Based on the experiences, I consciously learn that mastering a language is not the same as being able to explain the rules of the language. Even in the context of foreign language teaching, a teacher must comprehend the differences between the mother tongue of the learner and the foreign language being taught. For this reason, I have thoroughly provided myself to perform well in my future study.
I have done some research on universities in Australia that offer a master's program in General and Applied Linguistics. Some of the universities provide the program with the general linguistics focus, for instance structural linguistics courses, while others put more emphasis on TESOL. As one of my future goals is to be a linguist, therefore I choose to take General and Applied Linguistics master's program. I need to find a university that can provide me with strong practical knowledge on linguistics study.