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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Language Pedagogy, M.A. - Spanish Emphasis


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Minimum Degree Hours: 30

The Master of Arts in Spanish Language Pedagogy (MALP) exposes the student of Spanish to three main areas of study: language pedagogy, second language acquisition, and the literature and culture of the target area. The course of study focuses on developing professional skills and enabling students to critically evaluate and apply literature and research in the discipline. The MALP prepares students to teach adult learners at post-secondary institutions and private secondary institutions, or to continue graduate work in second language acquisition, research and pedagogy. The program does not offer public school certification. Students in the Spanish MALP program have the opportunity to complete one year of coursework at the University of Oviedo, Spain. For more information please click here.

Admission Requirements


A Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Spanish language teaching, or linguistics, or a strong undergraduate record in such a field, if the degree was obtained in another academic subject.

A GPA of 3.0, or significant strength in the second language, language teaching methodology, or linguistics as shown through coursework.

Completion of Linguistics 1200 or 3200: Introduction to the Study of Language or its equivalent prior to entrance, with a grade of B- or better. May be taken as a co-requisite during the first semester of study. Linguistics 1200 is often offered during the summer.

Required Coursework


Language Proficiency
Candidates in M.A. Spanish Language Pedagogy should possess proficiency in Spanish at the Advanced Level (or its equivalent) according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. (This is not to be confused with the standard or advanced foreign language requirement for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.) M.A. Language Pedagogy students are strongly encouraged to select courses taught in the second language in order to meet the Area Courses and Elective requirements (see below).

Completing Your Degree


Candidates in M.A. Language Pedagogy should possess proficiency in Spanish at the Advanced Level (or its equivalent) according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

In their last semester of study students must complete a comprehensive examination based on the MALP reading list. The exam covers three areas: (1) Language Teaching Methodologies; (2) Second Language Acquisition; (3) Elective area to be selected in consultation with the MALP advisor.

Language Proficiency


Students must prove “Standard Proficiency” (second-semester language course 1020) in two languages other than English and Spanish, or “Advanced Proficiency” (forth-semester language course 2020) in one language other than English and Spanish. Completion of the MA Language Proficiency requirement will satisfy part of this language requirement.

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