The MATL program, with emphases in Spanish, French, and TESOL, focuses on developing and enhancing the knowledge, skills, and theories in language, language acquisition, and language instruction that are essential for both effective teaching and successful learning. Our large variety of courses, offered online and on campus, year-round, meet the multifaceted needs of today's language teachers.
Core course requirements (15 hours):
FL 561 Teaching Second Languages: Theory into Practice
FL 663 Applied Linguistics in Second and Foreign Languages
FL 664 Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice
FL 665 Sociocultural and Sociolinguistic Perspectives in Language
FL 694 Practicum in Second or Foreign Language
TESOL: A minimum of 9 hours of TSL courses (TSL 612 required), plus three electives;
for students whose first language is English, 9 hours of foreign language study with
a ""B"" average or better
Spanish and French: 15 hours in the language emphasis, plus one elective
Successful defense of a professional portfolio
A 500-word statement of purpose, written in the language you will be pursuing, that
indicates professional goals.
Non-native applicants to the French and Spanish emphases should have an undergraduate degree in the language or present evidence of equivalent language experience. Otherwise, applicants will be required to complete more coursework before taking language emphasis courses or take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and score in the Advanced range.
For applicants whose native language is not English, the official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be at least 83, with no section lower than 19.
World Languages has approximately eight assistantships available yearly for qualified individuals to tutor, assist in, and teach introductory language courses in French or Spanish. Assistants receive a monthly stipend, access to health insurance, and a tuition waiver during fall and spring, usually for two years. An assistantship in French or Spanish to teach courses at the university generally requires that the TA complete 18 hours of graduate credit in the target language. Interested applicants must complete their online applications by April 1. A separate letter of interest in an assistantship addressed to the MATL Director is also required.