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Second Language Acquisition

This interdepartmental doctoral minor draws upon the opportunities that various departments offer to study the processes of language acquisition and pedagogy, and to conduct research in these fields. Developments in the theories of language acquisition, the practices in language instruction, and the technical innovations provide a wide range of resources for secondary specializations in second language acquisition theory. The minor provides an official credential for doctoral students who complete an organized program of study.

The minor requires a minimum of 15 credits at the 400, 500, or 600 levels (beyond credits used for degree requirements in the student's field of study), consisting of one or two methodology courses totaling 3 credits and 12 additional credits selected from an interdepartmental list of eligible courses, with approval both by the student's doctoral committee in his or her major field, and by the person in charge of the minor. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 400 level, and no more than 3 credits of 602 may count toward the minor. Courses in at least two departments must be included. Further, students must complete at least two semesters' experience in supervised teaching of either a foreign language or ESL, or alternative equivalent practicum if approved by the doctoral committee and the person in charge of the Minor.

In general, students whose major field of study in the Ph.D. is a concentration in foreign language acquisition or ESL are not eligible for this minor, as their field of specialization already includes this area. However, students in English as a Second Language may do the minor with a focus on foreign language acquisition or a student with a specialty area in forced language acquisition may complete the minor with a specialty area in English as a Second Language.


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-06-540

Review Date: 4/10/07



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