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, Spanish, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Please check our Graduate Studies page for application information, and contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Claire Dehon (dehoncl@k-state.edu) if you have any questions about our M.A. in Second Language Acquisition.


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.

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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 SLA in TEFL 
  • 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)
  • GRAD 703 / MLANG 803: Practicum in Adult TESL / Oral communication (3 hours)
  • GRAD 704 / MLANG 804: Practicum in Adult TESL / Written communication (3 hours)
  • MLANG 710 Foreign Language Pedagogy (3 hours)
  • MLANG 770 Theories of Second Language Acquisition (3 hours)
  • MLANG 600 Principles of Linguistics (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.

  • Electives as approved by committee (3-6 hours)
  • Master’s report or thesis --if applicable-- (3 or 6 hours)

For more information about the SLA/TEFL Program, please contact Dr. Earl Brown, ekbrown@k-state.edu.


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