The programme ‘Ako‘ on Maori Television provides some good information on teaching and learning Maori in general and applied linguistic contexts. A definition of these two concepts may be helpful in order to distinguish one from the other.

General linguistics is a scientific study of a language in all its facets, for example, grammar, structure or how the language works, which can be examined and studied across a variety of disciplinary subjects such as education, sociology, psychology, social anthropology and philosophy.

Applied linguistics draws on insights gained from a linguistic study of a language in order to find solutions to practical problems associated with language teaching and learning, for example, syllabus design and implementation, methodology and best teaching practices and language policy. They are different sides of the same coin.

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