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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 (the first Summer term is entirely online), and continuing through the subsequent Summer term (15 months). Students are able to stay longer than 5 terms in the program, but need to consult with the Director about planning an extended or alternate schedule. The program is not designed to be completed as quickly with a Fall term start; students need stay in the program for 2 years in this case.

First Term Online

To make the program as convenient as possible for our students, we offer all of our first-term (Summer) courses online. These courses are designed as online courses, not to be confused with the emergency remote courses offered during Covid-19. Each course provides a flexible, interactive learning experience.

  • LING 520 Language, Mind and Society (Weeks 1-4, late June to mid-July)
  • LT 534 Language Learning in Context (Weeks 5-8, mid-July to mid-August)
  • LT 535 Language Teaching Methods (Weeks 1-8, late June to mid-August)

LING 544 Second Language Acquisition is also often offered online in weeks 5-8 of Summer term, but most LTS students take it in Fall term.

In addition to daily opportunities online for interaction with course instructors and classmates, students will also meet other LTS faculty and continuing LTS students through various online social activities.

Master’s Degree Requirements

  • 50 credits in core coursework, primarily in Linguistics (LING) and Language Teaching (LT)
  • 7 Master’s Project course credits and the successful completion of a final Master’s Capstone 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

12-15 credits per term (8 in final Summer term) for 57 credits total.

Required courses

Linguistics and Language Teaching Courses

LING 520 Language, Mind and Society* 4 Credits
LT 534 Language Learning in Context 4 Credits
LING 544 Second Language Acquisition 4 Credits
LT 535 Language Learning Design 4 Credits
LT 536 Design for Learning Language Systems 4 Credits
LT 537 Second Language Teaching Practice** 4 Credits
LT 539 Design for Learning Language Pronunciation 4 Credits
LING 530 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 4 Credits
LT 548 Curriculum and Materials Development (includes 1 credit of Digitally Mediated Language Learning) 5 Credits
LT 538 Design for Learning Language Pragmatics 4 Credits
LT 549 Measuring Language Ability (includes 1 credit of Digitally Mediated Language Learning) 5 Credits
LT 608 Capstone Materials Workshop 4 Credits
LT 611 Masters Project (2 terms) 7  Credits

* This course is optional for students who hold an undergraduate degree in Linguistics

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


Students working towards an M.A. degree can take additional optional 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 12 of these units count toward the 57 unit total.

Courses that can count as electives include additional LT courses or 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 and tutoring possibilities for elective credit. One such program is for Chinese speakers in LTS, tutoring and assisting Chinese middle and high school learners at Oak Hill school. This opportunity is an excellent chance to share Chinese language and culture with US students in a K-12 school.

Language Requirement

All graduate students are required to either a) have taken at least two years of one additional language within the past seven years either before or by the time they graduate with the MA, or b) pass a proficiency test at an intermediate level or above in an additional language (administered at the UO). At the MA level, any additional language is acceptable, including English as an additional language for relevant international students.

Master’s Project

All LTS students must complete a final Masters Project over two consecutive terms. Projects are individually curated artifacts from coursework and other program experiences throughout the program. Project development is supervised by the program advisor and LT 611 course instructor. It is presented in a public forum during the final term. See this page for past MA Project titles:

Typical Course Schedule

Summer (all courses online in first Summer term only)
LT 534 Language Learning in Context
LT 535 Language Learning Design
LING 520 Language, Mind, and Society


LING 544 Second Language Acquisition
LT 536 Design for Learning Language Systems
LT 537 Second Language Teaching Practice
(elective) LT 528 Culture, Language and Literature

LT 548 Curriculum and Materials Development with Digitally Mediated Language Learning (DMLL) section
LING 530 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
LT 538 Design for Learning Language Pragmatics

LT 541 Design for Learning Language Pronunciation
LT 549 Measuring Language Ability with DMLL section
LT 611 Masters Project

LT 611 Masters Project
LT 608 Capstone Materials Workshop

Electives as needed, depending on student schedule

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

Linguistics (LING)

LING 520 Language, Mind, and Society (4) Graduate-level introduction to applied topics in linguistics, with a focus on social and cognitive issues. This course title will change to LING 520 starting Fall 2020.

LING 544 Second Language Acquisition (4) Introduction to how languages are learned. Special attention to learning issues that classroom teachers need to address.

(elective) LING 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 electives as well)

Language Teaching (LT)

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

LT 535 Language Learning Design (4)
Approaches and principles in the teaching of second languages, including an introduction to lesson and materials design for language learning and teaching.

LT 536 Design for Learning Language Systems (4)
Application of language teaching principles and theory to the design of materials and plans for teaching and learning language systems, including discourse, grammar, and lexis. Prereq: LT 435/535.

LT 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 539 Design for Learning Language Pronunciation (4). Introduction to the principles of pronunciation teaching and their application to specific language in lesson plan development and practice teaching.

(elective that can substitute for LT 539) LT 541 Teaching English Pronunciation (4) Introduction to English phonetics and phonology, methods for teaching pronunciation, lesson plan development, and practice teaching.

LING 530 Research Methods for Applied Linguistics (4).

LT 548 Curriculum and Materials Development (5). Includes 1 credit of Digitally-Mediated Language Learning. 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 549 Measuring Language Ability (5). Includes 1 credit of Digitally-Mediated Language Learning. Principles and types of language assessment; focus on classroom assessment. Assessment 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.

Workshop: Digitally-Mediated Language Learning
This workshop focuses on the integration of digital technology resources in language teaching and learning. It is integrated in Winter and Spring terms with LT 548 and LT 549. Prereq: Program majors.

LT 608 Workshop: Capstone Materials (4 credits). This workshop is taken in the final term of the program, and includes MA project materials development workshopping, microteaching, and project presentation preparation.

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.

(elective) LT 607 Seminar (4) Special rotating topic related to language teaching.

LT 611 Masters 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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