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Course of Study

Although not required, some academic background in linguistics and/or experience with language teaching is recommended as preparation for our program.

Length of Program

The Language Teaching Studies program is designed as an intensive MA degree that can be completed in five consecutive quarter terms beginning Summer term, and continuing through the subsequent Summer term (15 months). Students are able to stay longer than 5 terms in the program longer if needed, but need to consult with the Director about planning an extended or alternate schedule. The program is not designed to be completed efficiently with a Fall term start (students need to stay for 2 years in this case); thus, students are only rarely admitted to start in Fall term.

Master’s Degree Requirements

  • 53 credits in Linguistics, Language Teaching, and Education coursework
  • 7 Master’s Project course credits and the successful completion of a final Master’s Project
  • Each course grade must be a B- or higher in order to satisfy degree requirements. Please be aware of the University of Oregon policy that requires all graduate students to maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate.

Course load:

12-13 credits per term (9 in final Summer term) for 60 credits total.

Required courses

Linguistics and Language Teaching Courses

LING 540 or LING 544 Linguistic Principles and Second Language Acquisition (LING 540) or Second Language Acquisition 4 Credits
LT 528 Culture, Language and Literature 4 Credits
LT 535 Second Language Teaching Methods 4 Credits
LT 536 Second Language Teaching Planning 4 Credits
LT 537 Second Language Teaching Practice* 4 Credits
LT 541 Teaching English Pronunciation** 4 Credits
LT 548 Curriculum and Materials Development 5 Credits
LT 549 Testing and Assessment 5 Credits
LING 594 English Grammar** 4 Credits
LT 608 LTS Orientation 1 Credit
LT 608 Computer Assisted Language Learning (2 terms) 2 (1 credit x 2 terms)
LT 607 Language Teaching Seminar (this year: Flipped Learning) 4 Credits
LT 611 Master’s Project (2 terms) 7  (3-4 credits x 2 terms)

*Students with more than two years of full-time teaching experience have the option of replacing this course with elective credits.

**Students teaching a language other than English have the option of replacing these courses with comparable courses in their language of study.

Electives

Students working towards an M.A. degree must take an additional 8 credits of designated elective course work, which may include any language or education related coursework, internships, or supervised tutoring or teaching opportunities. Students who have already taken any of the required courses or their equivalents previous to entering the LTS program should replace them with elective credits in consultation with the LTS Director.  Students who have taken any of the required LTS courses at the 400 level as undergraduates or as UO Community Education Program credits may be able to have up to 15 of these units count toward the 60 unit total.

Courses that can count as electives include additional LT seminars, graduate level courses in other language departments (such as Romance Languages or East Asian Languages and Literatures), or courses in the School of Education, International Studies, Psychology, and others.

Internships are arranged on an individual basis in a range of language teaching or curriculum developing contexts. Students can intern in language classrooms at the American English Institute (AEI) at all levels, at Lane Community College, in various Foreign Language classes at the UO or LCC,  at the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS), and sometimes in K-12 classrooms. Classroom internships involve observation, assisting, and some teaching under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. LTS students can also tutor UO FL and ESL students individually, such as through the UO Writing Lab.

We also have supervised teaching possibilities for elective credit, in which LTS students are the primary teachers. One such program is for Chinese speakers in LTS, team-teaching the Chinese Language and Culture Club as an after-school class at Edison Elementary, a local Eugene primary school. This opportunity is an excellent chance to share Chinese language and culture with American students while also gaining practice teaching primarily in English.

Language Requirement

All graduate students are required to have at least two years of one foreign language within the past seven years either before or by the time they graduate with the MA, or be able to pass a proficiency test at an equivalent level in a foreign language (administered at the UO). At the M.A. level, any foreign language is acceptable, including English for an international student whose first language is not English.

Master’s Project

All students working towards an M.A. degree with the language teaching specialization must complete a final Master’s Project over two consecutive terms. Projects are individual. The project topic must be approved by the LTS faculty in Winter term, and the project development is supervised by the LT 611 course instructors and the student’s MA Project adviser. It is presented in a public forum during the final term. See this page for past MA Project titles: http://lts.uoregon.edu/people/ma-project-titles

Typical Course Schedule

Summer
LING 540 Linguistic Principles and Second Language Acquisition
LT 535 Second Language Teaching Methods
LING 594 English Grammar

Fall
LT 536 Second Language Teaching Planning
LT 537 Second Language Teaching Practice
LT 528 Culture, Language and Literature
LT 608 Language Teaching Orientation
LT 608 Workshop: Computer Assisted Language Learning

Winter
LT 548 Curriculum and Materials Development
Electives of student’s choice in Linguistics, Education or other language departments

Spring
LT 541 Teaching English Pronunciation (if applicable)
LT 549 Testing and Assessment
LT 611 Master’s Project

Summer
LT 608 Workshop: Computer Assisted Language Learning
LT 611 Master’s Project
LT 607 Seminar

Electives as needed, depending on student schedule

 

Course Descriptions, Linguistics (LING) and Language Teaching (LT)

Linguistics (LING)

LING 440/540 Linguistic Principles and Second-Language Learning (4) Introduction to how languages are learned; underlying human-language principles. Special attention to learning issues that classroom teachers need to address. LING 444/544 focuses only on Second Language Acquisition. Students cannot receive credit for both LING 440/540 and 444/544.

LING 494/594 English Grammar (4) Survey of grammatical, syntactic, and morphological structures of English in terms of semantic and functional criteria.

(there are many other Linguistics courses that can be taken as an elective as well)

Language Teaching (LT)

LT 428/528 Culture, Language, and Literature (4)
Interaction between language and culture as it relates to second language teaching.  Application to teaching of literature.

LT 435/535 Second Language Teaching Methods (4)
Approaches and principles in the teaching of second languages, including a focus on learner and contextual variables. Prereq: LING 440/540 or LING 444/544 or instructor’s consent.

LT 436/536 Second Language Teaching Planning (4)
Application of language teaching principles and theory to teaching instruction and planning. Practical techniques for developing learner proficiency across skills, including grammar, vocabulary, and pragmatics.  Prereq: LT 435/535.

LT 437/537 Second Language Teaching Practice (4)
Intensive workshop and practice in language instruction. Team-teaching of weekly English as a spoken language course including designing activities and creating materials. Sequence with LT 435/535, 436/536.  Pre- or coreq: LT 436/536.

LT 441/541 Teaching English Pronunciation (4) Introduction to English phonetics and phonology, methods for teaching pronunciation, lesson plan development, and practice teaching.

LT 448/548 Curriculum and Materials Development (5)  Introduction to the elements of curriculum design and related materials development, especially as related to language course and program design. Practical application. Prereq: LT 436/536.

LT 449/549 Testing and Assessment (5)
Principles and types of language testing; focus on classroom testing. Test design and integration into curriculum. Test planning with consideration of classroom and situational variables. Prereq: LT 448/548.

LT 605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1-9)
Individual reading and bibliographic work supervised by a faculty member. Prereq: Instructor’s consent.

LT 608 Workshop: Computer Assisted Language Learning (1R)
A two-term course required to complete an MA in language teaching specialization (LTS). Focus on the integration of digital technology resources in language teaching and learning. Prereq: Program majors.

LT 608 Workshop: Microteaching (1-2)
Weekly sessions provide teaching practice and peer-feedback. Prereq: Program majors or by instructor permission.

LT 609 Supervised Tutoring (1-4) Tutoring or classroom teaching assistance supervised by a faculty member. Prereq: Instructor’s consent.

LT 607 Seminar (4) Special rotating topic related to language teaching. Summer 2017 will be Flipped Learning in Language Teaching.

LT 611 Master’s Project (3-4R)
A two-term course required to complete an MA in the language teaching specialization. Projects are individual. This is a two-term course. It must be repeated once for a total of 7-8 credits. Prereq: Program Majors and Instructor’s consent.

 

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