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  Oct 21, 2017
 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Applied Linguistics


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Faculty

Lilia I. Bartolomé, PhD, Stanford University

  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Critical Bilingual/Multicultural Education
  • Teacher/Parent Education

Kristina Beckman-Britto, PhD, University of Arizona

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Rhetorical Discourse

Lily Compton, PhD, Iowa State University

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Online Teaching
  • Curriculum & Instructional Technology
     

Corinne Etienne, PhD, Indiana University

  • Language Contacts and Language Attitudes in Creole-Speaking Areas (in particular Haiti)
  • Foreign Language Pedagogy
  • French Applied Linguistics
  • Teacher Cognition

Panayota Gounari, PhD, Pennsylvania State University

  • Cultural Studies in Education
  • Politics of Language
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Critical Discourse Analysis

Kate Kiss, PhD, University of Florida

  • Literacy Pedagogy and Development (especially writing)
  • Identity Development
  • Foreign Language Pedagogy and Systems Theory

Donaldo Macedo, EdD, PhD, Boston University

  • Applied Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Pidgins and Creoles
  • Critical Literacy

Charles Meyer, PhD, University of Wisconsin

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Structure of Modern English
  • English as an International Language

George K. Mikros, PhD, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

  • Computational and Quantitative Linguistics
  • Computational Stylistics, Corpus Linguistics
  • Research Methods in Linguistics

Avary Carhill Poza, PhD, New York University

  • Discourse and Narrative Analysis
  • Second Language Development
  • ESL/Bilingual Classroom
  • Classroom Interaction
  • Immigration Youth

The Program

The MA Program in Applied Linguistics is comprehensive in its scope and designed to introduce students to the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of applied linguistics. The program emphasizes both theory and practice. These areas of inquiry are reflected in faculty and student research and the intellectual diversity characterizing the content of the various courses that students will be taking.

Courses are offered in basic theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, and the interdisciplinary areas of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. These courses provide students with a thorough understanding of the linguistic, cultural, and ideological considerations that govern language acquisition. The program also offers courses in discourse analysis and ethnographic research methods, ESL/EFL methodologies, and cross-cultural studies. The program is thus designed to enable students to understand the diversity of issues inherent in the study of language so they are well prepared to teach and carry out research in applied linguistics.

The program offers concentrations in English as a second language & bilingual education (ESL) and foreign language pedagogy (FLP). The program presents a wide range of opportunities to students interested in conducting research, working with community-based organizations, or preparing to teach in various contexts, such as public schools (K-12), adult education, and language schools outside the United States. Many of our students go on to pursue doctoral work in such fields as linguistics, education, and literacy studies.

Nearly 25 percent of our students come from outside the United States, contributing to a culture of linguistic and cultural diversity which enriches the department’s intellectual and social life. In addition, students from a variety of American cultural and linguistic groups make up a significant percentage of the current student body.

An online option is available, combining our faculty’s expertise and our long tradition of excellence in applied linguistics studies with new technologies for online delivery and E-learning. All courses at our campus program are offered in the evening and each class meets for 2.5 hours per week. The program can be completed in a minimum of two years and is open to students wishing to attend on a full-time or part-time basis.

 

Programs

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