Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics Program By Iowa State University |Top Universities

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics

  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months
The MA in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics is a two-year advanced degree covering teaching methods and research in English language teaching. The program consists of 30 credits. Areas of Specialization: The computer-assisted language learning (CALL) Specialization prepares students to work as the CALL specialist in an ESL/EFL program, selecting and coordinating software resources, constructing computer-based language learning activities, and conducting staff development workshops on CALL. The language assessment specialization prepares students to work as a test developer for a testing company or an assessment specialist for a language program. The English for specific purposes (ESP) specialization prepares students to work in both academic and workplace settings where instruction needs to focus on a particular type (or register) of English. Students in this area would acquire the skills to assess context-specific language needs and to develop appropriate materials for learning and assessment. The literacy specialization emphasizes the study of written language skills to teach in the public schools, community colleges, or abroad. A student following this program can also complete requirements for ESL certification for the state of Iowa and specialize in the teaching of reading and writing skills. Other opportunities include composition theory and practice, literary studies, and studying the application of reading theory to elementary or secondary public schools. The literature specialization allows students with a background in English to strengthen the depth of their knowledge of literature as it relates to the teaching of ESL, thus preparing them to teach ESL through literature. The specialization in teaching English to L1 Spanish learners focuses on the linguistic and cultural differences encountered when teaching learners in Spanish speaking areas of the world. Teaching assistantships in Spanish are available for students in this area of specialization. Applicants wishing to be considered for a teaching assistantship in Spanish should indicate their interest in their letter of application. The specialization in corpus and computational linguistics is aimed at students interested in the study of language using large databases of natural language use, and in writing programs for doing so. In addition to particular job-related advantages, the specializations provide a strong foundation for students wishing to continue for a PhD by providing an in-depth foundation in one area beyond the basics of TESL/applied linguistics including an MA thesis, the specializations prepare students to pursue their interests in teaching and research.