The MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics prepares students for careers in teaching English to nonnative speakers of English, either in the U.S. or abroad. Students with MA degrees in TESL teach adults and younger learners in a wide variety of contexts, supervise language programs, work for testing organizations, and create language teaching materials. Students choose among optional specializations: Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL); Language Assessment; English for Specific Purposes (ESP); Literacy; and Literature in ESL. Additional specializations planned to be offered beginning Fall 2016 (subject to approval) include the following: Teaching English to L1 Spanish Learners; Corpus and Computational Linguistics. The degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credits, including a final thesis or creative component (3 credits) and meeting a foreign language requirement that may be fulfilled in a number of ways.
(3 credits – ENGL/LING 511 or ENGL/LING 510 – can be counted towards the specialization credits of the degree, but can be counted only once each if double specializing)
CORE REQUIREMENTS = 18 CREDITS
Linguistic Analysis and Interpretation
Applied Aspects of Second Language Acquisition
ELECTIVE AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION = 9 CREDITS
(Students who do not count ENGL/LING 511 or ENGL/LING 510 towards their degree need to select another relevant elective chosen with the advice of the program of study committee; double specialization requires a minimum of 18 credits)
Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
Suggested courses for the Literacy specialization inside the English Department include:
Suggested courses for the Literacy specialization outside the English Department include:
Literature in ESL
Teaching English to L1 Spanish Learners
Suggested courses for the Teaching English to L1 Spanish Learners specialization outside the English Department include:
Corpus and Computational Linguistics
Suggested courses for the Corpus and Computational Linguistics specialization inside the English Department include:
Suggested courses for the Corpus and Computational Linguistics specialization outside the English Department include:
(no declared area of specialization)
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH= 3 CREDITS (only 3 credits count towards the degree)
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