MA in Language Teaching

Master's Degree Options

The program consists of required core courses, electives in a chosen language studies area, and a final culminating activity for a total of 36 units.

Required Courses (24 units)

Students take eight required courses:

ENGL 470 Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition (3 Units) 
Prerequisite: ENGL 371 Principles of Language (Units are not applicable toward MA degree)

EDSL 605 Technology in Second/Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (3 units)

EDSL 610 Foreign/Second Language Teaching Methodology for Beginning Learners (3 units) 

EDSL 620 Second/Foreign Language Teaching Methodology for Intermediate Learners (3 units)

EDSL 630 Teaching Second Language Writing (3 units)

EDSL 633 Foreign/Second Language Teaching: The Cultural Dimension (3 units)

EDSL 635 Current Research and Developments in Foreign/Second Language Education (3 units)

EDSL 689 Internship (3 units)

Language Studies (9 units)

The language studies component consists of 9 units of electives within one of two areas of emphasis: English as a Second/Foreign Language or Foreign Language. In consultation with a graduate advisor, students will choose an area of emphasis consistent with the target language they teach.

9 units selected from:

English as a Second/Foreign Language 

ENGL 431 Theory and Practice in Tutoring Composition 
Prerequisites: ENGL 333W and ENGL 335W are strongly recommended.

ENGL 472 Pedagogical Grammar

ENGL 474 Syntactic and Morphological Analysis (Prerequisites: ENGL 371, ENGL 375) 

ENGL 476W Phonological Analysis (Prerequisites: GE Written Communication A2, ENGL 371)

ENGL 477 Semantics: Language and Meaning 

ENGL 478 Approaches to Reading

ENGL 481 Sociolinguistics

ENGL 632 Theories of Literacy 

ENGL 634 Teaching Composition

ENGL 689T Internship in Teaching College English
Prerequisites: ENGL 431 or ENGL 470 for ESL; faculty permission

ENGL 692 Special Topics in English 

or

Foreign Language 

For the Foreign Language emphasis, students select 9 units of 400/500/600-level course work in linguistics, language, literature and/or culture taught in the target language. Selections should consist primarily of courses taught in the target language (e.g., French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish). Candidates are expected to hold an appropriate degree or credential, or to possess comparable proficiency in the target language as assessed by the International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department. In consultation with the graduate advisor, candidates may also select one course from the English Department offerings in linguistics, as appropriate.

Culminating Activity

The culminating activity consists of a thesis, project, or comprehensive examination. 

Thesis or Project (699T or 699P) option

A proposal for the thesis or project must be submitted to and approved by the graduate advisory committee before the student may enroll in the thesis or project units. When human subjects approval is required, clearance must be secured before the proposal is filed.

An oral defense shall be conducted by the candidate's graduate advisory committee.

Approval by the graduate advisory committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Office of Graduate Studies is required.

or
Comprehensive Examination (EDSL 696option

Students prepare for a written comprehensive examination, with oral review, covering each of the program areas. 

The graduate advisory committee will prepare, administer, and evaluate the comprehensive examination.

Each examination shall be graded as honors, pass, or fail.

All parts of the comprehensive examination must receive a grade of pass. The candidate may repeat each part of the examination once.