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MA Project

The focal accomplishment of LTS students during the program is the capstone MA  Project, which is included in the degree requirements. Projects are often grounded in a context that is important to the LTS student in some way, and seeks to address a need or opportunity in the field. Students begin planning this project in their second term, submit a proposal in their 3rd term, and write the project in the 4th and 5th terms.

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Kathryn Carpenter at the Graduate Research Forum

Projects are on average 80-100 pages long, and include a literature review as well as a needs analysis for the project, which typically consists of surveys and interviews of stakeholders, and analysis of primary curriculum materials. The projects culminate in a wide range of products, including curriculum designs, portfolios of materials or teaching plans, action research designs, and instructional technology designs.

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Joliene Adams at the Workshop on American Indian Languages, 2016

LTS students have presented their project ideas in a wide range of forums, including at major conventions such as TESOL and ACTFL, or at more local conferences such as ORTESOL and at UO events such as the annual Graduate Research Forum, the AEI’s Professional Development Series, or other departmental events.

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Becky Lawrence at the 2016 Graduate Research Forum

All LTS students must present their completed project to a public audience in their final term, usually in the Summer during the LTS MA Project Symposium.

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Javid Rasooly at the UO 3 Minute Thesis finals

Read more about specific projects in the students’ own words on our LTS blog.

See here for a list of all 300+ past LTS MA Project titles.

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Christopher Daradics at the Graduate Research Forum