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Modern Languages Master of Arts -- Second Language Acquisition (SLA)


The Department of Modern Languages offers a Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition in French, German, SpanishSecond Language Acquisition with aGraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in FrenchGermanSpanish
and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Please check our Graduate Studies page for application information, and contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Earl Brown (ekbrown@k-state.edu) if you have any questions about our M.A. in Second Language Acquisition.

Second Language Acquisition in French, German, Spanish

General Description

The 30-hour M.A. program in Second Language Acquisition (French, German, Spanish, and TEFL) integrates language, linguistics, applied linguistics, pedagogy, culture, and literature. This degree program prepares graduates to work as a language instructor in higher education or enhance K-12 teaching credentials, to pursue further study at the doctoral level, or to pursue a career where advanced proficiency in a second language is necessary (e.g. governmental agency work, international business, translation and interpretation, etc.). M.A. SLA/TEFL students are equipped to teach English in a wide range of contexts, both abroad and domestically. The SLA program is designed to strengthen target language skills and cultural awareness, develop knowledge of second language learning theories and pedagogical approaches, narrow the traditional gap in graduate study between the methods of teaching and the content areas of literature and culture, promote individual inquiry in the student’s field of interest, and develop awareness of professional standards.

In the Second Language Acquisition option, students may choose to complete the degree with 1) a minimum of 24 hours of graduate courses and a thesis; 2) 28 hours of graduate courses and a report; or 3) a minimum of 30 hours of graduate courses including such evidence of scholarly effort as term papers. In addition, the M.A. candidate completes comprehensive examinations.

How to apply?


Course Requirements

Candidate’s committee must approve program of study (chosen electives, substitute course for courses not offered during student’s tenure, etc.)

SLA in French, German, and Spanish 
  • MLANG 710 Foreign Language Pedagogy (3 hours)
  • MLANG 770 Theories of Second Language Acquisition (3 hours)
  • MLANG 600 Principles of Linguistics (3 hours)
  • 2 language-specific courses on the teaching of language and culture through literature (6 hours): 
  • Two 700-level literature courses in the target language (6 hours)
    • Students without a literature background will be assigned pre-requisites for entrance to program.
  • Electives as approved by committee (3-6 hours)
  • Master’s report or thesis --if applicable-- (3 or 6 hours)

Second Language Acquisition in French, German, Spanish with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning

General Description

Students may pursue the M.A. program in Second Language Acquisition with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in FrenchGerman, and Spanish. As part of this program, students complete coursework in linguistics, applied linguistics, pedagogy, language, culture, and literature. In addition to the graduate coursework in the Department of Modern Languages, students complete a sequence of coursework in the College of Education in order to apply for State of Kansas K-12 licensure. Consequently, students who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning work with advisors in both the Department of Modern Languages and the College of Education prior to applying. Please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Student Handbook for further information regarding the education requirements for this degree. The program is designed to strengthen language skills and cultural awareness, develop knowledge of second language learning theories and pedagogical approaches, narrow the traditional gap in graduate study between the methods of teaching and the content areas of literature and culture, promote individual inquiry in the student’s field of interest, develop awareness of professional standards, and pursue licensure in the State of Kansas for K-12 language instruction.

Program of study for the Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition with Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning needs to be approved by the student's committee in Modern Languages and Dr. Amanda Morales, Graduate Program Advisor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

In the Second Language Acquisition with Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning option, students complete 18 graduate hours in Modern Languages and 20 in the College of Education as described below.

How to apply?


Course Requirements

Classes in Modern Languages (18 hours) Classes in Education (20 hours) 
  • MLANG 710 Intro to FL Pedagogy (3)        
  • MLANG 770 Intro to 2nd Lang Acquisition (3)
  • 2 language-specific courses (6 hours):
    • French: FREN 742 (Cult/Lit in 2nd Lang. Learning) and 719 (Advanced Spoken and Written French)
    • German: GRMN 740 (Cult/Lit in 2nd Lang. Learning) and 731 (Advanced Spoken and Written German)
    • Spanish: SPAN 670 (Spanish Applied Linguistics) and 777 (Cult/Lit in 2nd Lang. Learning)
  • Two 700-level literature courses (6)  
  • FSHS 506 Middle Childhood & Adolescence (3)
  • EDSEP 525 Interpersonal Relations (1)
  • EDEL 620 FL Methods for Elementary Schools (3)
  • EDSP 710 Education of Exceptional Individuals (3)
  • EDCI 786 Top/Methods of Tchg Content/Reading (2)
  • EDCI 886 History of American Education (3)
  • EDCI 991 Internship, taken with EDEL 620 (1)
  • EDCI 991 Internship (Field Experience/Teaching) (4)

For more information about Education courses, please contact Dr. Amanda Morales, morales@k-state.edu.

Second Language Acquisition in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

TEFL handbook & Reading List

The Department of Modern Languages offers a 30-hour Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition / Teaching English as a Foreign Language (SLA/TEFL). This program is intended for aspiring teachers of English or for practicing teachers who wish to enhance their credentials. Upon completion of the program, students are equipped to teach English in a wide range of contexts, both abroad and domestically. The M.A. in SLA/TEFL includes coursework in second language acquisition, the teaching of English as a second / foreign language, linguistics, and in an area of concentration of the student’s choice. The program is designed to:

  • Strengthen language skills and cultural awareness;
  • Develop knowledge of second language learning theories and practical experience applying pedagogical approaches;
  • Develop knowledge in an area of concentration (e.g. linguistics, American literature, British literature) that can be used to teach advanced English content courses;
  • Promote individual inquiry in the student’s field of interest;
  • Develop awareness of professional standards.

Check here for admission requirements, and admission process.


Degree Requirements:

With approval of the supervisory committee, each student chooses one of the following three options:

  1. 30 hours of coursework and the M.A. Comprehensive Examinations
  2. 28 hours of coursework and the M.A. Comprehensive Examinations and a Master’s Report
  3. 24 hours of coursework and the M.A. Comprehensive Examinations and a Master’s Thesis

Required Coursework:

Core courses 
MLANG 703: Practicum in Adult TESL / Oral communication (3 hours)
MLANG 704: Practicum in Adult TESL / Written communication (3 hours) 
MLANG 600: Principles of Linguistics (3 hours) 
MLANG 710: Foreign Language Pedagogy (3 hours) 
MLANG 770: Theories of Second Language Acquisition (3 hours)

Area of concentration 
Three approved courses from one of the following eleven areas: American Literature, British Literature, Children’s Literature, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Drama, Journalism and Mass Communication, Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, Women’s Studies.

Final requirement (according to program of study) 
Students choose one of the following three options: 
Option 1: Thesis 
    MLANG 899: Research in Modern Languages (6 hours) 
Option 2: Report 
    MLANG 899: Research in Modern Languages (2 hours) 
    MLANG 800: Colloquium in Modern Languages (1 hour) 
    One approved elective (3 hours) 
Option 3: Electives 
    Two approved electives (3 hours each = 6 hours)

Notes:

  1. The Department encourages students to apply for a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in order to gain practical experience in the classroom. Please note that positions are limited and therefore competitive.
  2. English proficiency for non-native speakers of English must be measured by the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT). A minimum score of 22 is required on the listening, reading, and writing parts, and a minimum score of 24 is required on the speaking part, with a total of at least 90. Students who do not meet this requirement may be awarded provisional acceptance, with the condition that they successfully complete all provisional coursework in order to earn full standing in the program. Additionally, it should be noted that non-native speakers of English may be required to take a diagnostic writing test regardless of their IBT writing score, as deemed necessary by the TEFL committee.
  3. The M.A. Comprehensive Examinations include material from students’ coursework as well as the M.A. Reading List for TEFL.
  4. Students are assigned a graduate advisor upon entry into the program. Upon finalizing their program of study, students will choose a Major Professor and supervisory committee in their area of interest.
  5. Those students who choose the Report or Thesis option will choose their topic in consultation with their Major Professor.
  6. For more information about the SLA/TEFL Program, please contact Dr. Earl Brown, ekbrown@ksu.edu.

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