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M.A. in Applied Linguistics

Program: MA5293

Program Overview

The Master of Arts degree in applied linguistics offers a strong theoretical foundation and research experience in applied linguistics with practical experience in language instruction and prepares students for doctoral studies and professional careers in this field. The completion of the degree with full-time attendance normally takes two academic years.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the MA Applied Linguistics program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the linguistic systems of English discourse, grammar, and phonology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories, teaching and research methods, techniques, and issues in applied linguistics.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize primary and secondary sources and design research related to applied linguistics.
  • Articulate a coherent statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Use technology effectively in research, teaching, and materials development.
  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral language for academic and professional purposes.

Career Opportunities

The Department has a strong record of preparing students for Ph.D. study elsewhere. Approximately one-fourth to one-third of our M.A. graduates go on to advanced study at some time in their careers, and they are admitted to top-ranked theoretical and applied programs in universities in the United States and other countries

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum 31 hours with a minimum of a B grade in each course as follows.

Required Courses

  • LING 5510 - Computers in Language Teaching I
  • LING 5760 - Second Language Acquisition Research and Theory
  • LING 5800 - Methods and Materials in TEFL
  • LING 5870 - Introduction to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • LING 5920 - Language Teaching Practicum * or
  • LING 5921 - CALL Teaching Practicum *
  • LING 6610 - Phonological Structures of English
  • LING 6710 - Grammar in use
  • LING 6850 - An Introduction to the Teaching of Second Language Reading and Writing
  • LING 6970 - Linguistics Graduate Capstone: Culminating Experience Professional Portfolio Seminar

Take at least one of the two courses marked with *

Culminating Experience

As a culminating experience, students’ overall learning in the MA in Applied Linguistics program will be assessed by using the e-Portfolio, which is developed in LING 6970 – Professional Portfolio Seminar. The e-Portfolio consists of the following:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Two Lesson Plans
  5. Professional Development Documentation
  6. Reflection Paper
  7. MA Paper and Presentation
  8. One 7-min Teaching Demonstration Video (optional)