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    Applied Linguistics

    The Program in Applied Linguistics provides students with a solid foundation for defining and resolving questions related to the nature of language, how it is used in educational and naturalistic contexts, and how it is taught, learned, and evaluated. The program emphasizes study in the following:

    - Acquisitional pragmatics
    - Conversation analysis
    - Cross-cultural pragmatics
    - Discourse analysis
    - Foreign language pedagogy
    - Interlanguage analysis
    - Language phonetics/phonology
    - Language testing and assessment
    - Second language acquisition
    - Second language literacy
    - Semantics
    - Sociolinguistics
    - Syntax
    - Technology in applied linguistics


    Applied Linguistics Degrees Offered:
    - Master of Arts (36 points)
    - Master of Education (60 points)
    - Doctor of Education (90 points)


    Master of Arts (36 credits)
    Program Sheet

    The Applied Linguistics Program offers a 36-point Master of Arts degree.  Students will take a wide range of courses offered in Applied Linguistics and related areas, such as TESOL, that will provide breadth to their program.

    Required core courses:
    A&HL 4085 Pedagogical English Grammar (3)
    A&HT 4077 TESOL Classroom Practices (3)
    A&HL 4101 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
    A&HL 4087 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (3)
    A&HL 4088 Second Language Assessment (3)
    A&HT 5301 Practicum I: Integrated Skills (3)
    A&HL 5575: Research Literacy in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (3)


    One course from the following:
                A&HL 4001 Socioliguistics and Education (3)
    A&HL 4104 Discourse Analysis (3)
    A&HL 4105 Conversation Analysis (3)
    A&HL 4106 Text & Textuality (3)

    Required courses out-of-program: 3 Teachers College courses of at least 2 points each to be chosen with advisor's approval.

    Elective courses in TESOL or Applied Linguistics: Select from a variety of courses in TESOL or Applied Linguistics (6 points), to be chosen with faculty advisor's approval.

    Exit Requirement
    Sample MA Project


    Master of Education (60 credits)

    A&HL 5085 Advanced syntax (3)
    A&HL 5575 Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)
    A&HL 6587 Seminar in second language acquisition: Acquisitional and cross-cultural pragmatics (3)

    Three courses from the following:
    A&HL 4003 Schools of linguistic analysis
    A&HL 4005 Semantic systems and the lexicon
    A&HL 4014 Gender, language, and education
    A&HL 4106 Discourse analysis: Text and textuality
    A&HL 5008 Interlanguage analysis
    A&HL 5512 History of language testing research
    A&HL 5515 Advanced topics in applied linguistics I
    A&HL 5516 Advanced topics in applied linguistics II
    A&HL 5517 Advanced topics in language assesment
    A&HL 5581 Psycholinguistics and SLA
    A&HL 5582 Sociolinguistics and SLA
    A&HL 5588 Trends in SLA research
    A&HT 4080 Teaching in linguistically diverse classrooms
     
    Required out-of-program breadth courses (3 Teachers College courses of at least 2 points each, 6 points minimum)

    Choose one from the following courses in statistics, measurement, or research design:
    C&T 5502 Introduction to qualitative research in curriculum and teaching (2-3)
    HUDM 4050 Introduction to measurement (2-3)
    HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)
    HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design (3)
    ITSF 4092 Qualitative research and evaluation in international education (3)
    ITSF 5000 Methods of inquiry: Ethnography and participant observation (or ITSF 5001 or 5002) (3)
    ORLJ 4009 Understanding behavioral research (3)

    Choose the other two required courses in consultation with an advisor.
    Exit Requirement

    Doctor of Education (90 credits)
    Program Plan

    C&T 5502 Introduction to qualitative research in curriculum and teaching (2-3)
    HUD 4120 Methods of empirical research (3)
    HUDM 4050 Introduction to measurement (2-3)
    HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)
    HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design (3)
    ITSF 4092 Qualitative research and evaluation in international education (3)
    ITSF 5000 Methods of inquiry: Ethnography and participant observation (or ITSF 5001 or 5002) (3)
    ORLJ 4009 Understanding behavioral research (3)

    Other courses in consultation with an advisor.    

    Doctoral Preparation Requirements:   
    When doctoral students reach approximately 45 points in the program and have been at Teachers College for at least one year, they are required to register for and attend a doctoral seminar every semester.    
    Doctoral preparation involves three successive stages:
     
    1. Exposure to basic research methods
    2. Identification of a dissertation topic
    3. Presentation of a prospectus

    In order to progress through these stages, doctoral students are required to take a sequence of doctoral seminars at the 5500, 6500, 7500, and 8900 levels. Students begin to take these courses when they have reached approximately 45-50 points in the program and after they have been taking courses at Teachers College for a minimum of one year. After that, doctoral students are required to register for and attend doctoral seminars every semester.    

    Doctoral students are required to demonstrate research preparedness in a substantive area by passing the research paper at the 5500 level, the certification exam at the 6500 level, and the certification paper at the 6500 level.

    Then, as evidence that they are able to carry out original research under the guidance of a doctoral committee, they must write a dissertation prospectus at the 7500 level as a part of the dissertation seminar and complete a doctoral dissertation while continuously registered for dissertation advisement at the 8900 level.    
    To prepare for these requirements, students will need to take one or more of the seminars in consultation with an academic advisor. These seminars occur at the 5500, 6500, 7500, and 8900 levels. All of these seminars are offered each semester. To determine which seminar to register for, consult an academic advisor.
     
    Seminars:
    A&HL 5501 Research paper in applied linguistics (1-3)
    A&HL 5507 Research paper in applied linguistics and TESOL (1-3)
    A&HL 6501 Doctoral seminar in applied linguistics (1-3)
    A&HL 6507 Doctoral seminar in applied linguistics and TESOL (1-3)
    A&HL 7501 Dissertation seminar in applied linguistics (1-3)
    A&HL 7507 Dissertation seminar in applied linguistics and TESOL (1-3)
    A&HL 8901 Dissertation advisement in applied linguistics (0)
    A&HT 5505 Research paper: TESOL (1-3)
    A&HT 6505 Doctoral seminar: TESOL (1-3)
    A&HT 7505 Dissertation seminar: TESOL (1-3)
     
    These seminars are ordinarily undertaken as soon as possible after completing the M.A. degree. Students should consult adviser as to which course or courses to enroll in during any particular semester. Candidates should be in touch with the Office of Doctoral Studies to be certain of complying with the latest procedures, deadlines, and documents.

    Doctoral Residency:

    The TESOL and AL Programs require all doctoral students to be in residency during their doctoral studies.  Students are allowed (with permission) to collect data overseas (or in other areas of the country), but during the writing of the dissertation, they are required to be not only in continuous enrollment in their doctoral seminar, but also in the city so as to participate in the life of the College and programs.