Start Your Free Trial

Why has it become necessary to develop applied linguistics?

Expert Answers info

M.P. Ossa, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseCollege Lecturer, ESL/TEFL Instructor

bookM.A. from Chapman University

calendarEducator since 2008

write5,684 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Business

There are plenty of reasons that led to the development of applied linguistics as a science. There are also reasons today that grant that the expansion of this field continues as extensively as possible.

The study of applied linguistics is a product of the growing interest in international languages that surfaced during the 1950s. This boom in interest came as a result of the launching of the Sputnik, which cemented the solidity of Russia as a world power that. At that point, Russia had not only rivaled, but now seemed to have surpassed, the United States. The essential question that was asked then was: are we equipped to make international citizens out of Americans or are...

(The entire section contains 352 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Ask a Question