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Area of Concentration
The Department of Linguistics offers a Master of Arts in linguistics with a specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This degree requires two years of study (not including summers). The MA in TESOL is designed for those who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language either in the U.S. or abroad. Students learn about contemporary language teaching theory and methodology, including computer-assisted language learning, curriculum development, and evaluation. They also study theories of language structure, acquisition and use. A practicum provides supervised teaching experience. The program also prepares students to pursue research in TESOL and related fields. A thesis or research essay is required.
Admission for graduate study in linguistics requires no specific undergraduate preparation, but a background in English, foreign language, speech, psychology, mathematics, or philosophy is particularly relevant. Transcripts of all previous study must be submitted and must indicate strong promise of your success in graduate study. The transcript also must include evidence of two years of college-level study of a foreign language. Admission is possible if you cannot meet this requirement, but it must then be satisfied by concurrent nondegree study. Nonnative speakers of English may use their study of English to satisfy this requirement. Teacher training and experience are desirable as preparation for native students intending to follow the TESOL curriculum. For nonnative applicants to the TEFL program, both teacher training and an undergraduate major in English are recommended.
To be admitted to the program applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computerized test, and a TWE score, if available, of 4 or above.
While there is no specific deadline for submission of
application materials, new applicants are normally admitted only in the
fall unless they have prior coursework, which may enable them to start
the program in a later quarter.
Applicants for financial aid for the following academic
year must apply by February 15.
Tutorial assistantships are available in several African and Asian languages, including Twi, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Siswati, Kikuyu, Thai, Vietnamese, and Khmer. Each teaching associate award includes a full tuition scholarship and a stipend which is competitive with those offered by other graduate applied linguistics programs. In addition, some tuition scholarships and part-time assistantships are available to qualified applicants. Finally, several Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are available every year in African languages; qualified students do intensive language study in this federally funded program.
For further information on these programs, see Critical Languages Program, African Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies.
Ohio University offers excellent facilities to enable
students to study and conduct research efficiently. The library has an
extensive collection of books and journals in linguistics and applied
linguistics, TESOL, and various languages. Students have free access to
mainframe, mini-, and microcomputers. They can also use a new modern,
well-equipped language laboratory, a computer-assisted language
learning (CALL) laboratory, and video and speech analysis equipment.
Linguistics (LING) Courses
Ohio University, established in 1804 as Ohio's first university, has an enrollment of 19,500 students on the Athens campus and 8-9,000 on the five regional campuses. This enrollment also includes 1,200 international students from more than 100 countries.
The university is a state-assisted, coeducational center for higher education and advanced research with 2,900 graduate students and 1,000 full and part-time faculty.
On the graduate level Ohio University grants master's degrees in nearly all of its major academic divisions, and doctoral degrees can be earned from selected departments.
The academic calendar consists of four quarters of 10 to 12 weeks in duration, the summer session having two five week terms. Many students find it advantageous to register for all four quarter, thus having an opportunity for uninterrupted study and research.
The University's Alden Library houses 1.6 million bound volumes, 11,200 periodical subscriptions, and 2.4 million research items including microfilm units, maps, slides and photographs, cassettes, videotapes, disks, and other unbound materials.
Specific information about the programs and requirements
may be obtained by writing to:
|Department of Linguistics
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