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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Linguistics: English as a Second Language (ESL)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 16.0102
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
World Languages Department (WLE)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CPR107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Nicole Tracy-Ventura
Phone: 813-974-2548
Email: nkt@usf.edu

Website: http://languages.usf.edu/graduate/linguistics/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

Linguistics is primarily an upper-level and graduate discipline with strong interdisciplinary concerns. The Department of World Languages currently offers a Master of Arts in Linguistics: English as a Second Language At USF, our Linguistics and TESL majors are among the oldest in the Sunshine State. Linguistics dates back to the early 1960s, early in USF history, and the applied linguistics major has prepared ESL/ESOL/EFL educators since the 1970s. Our students are prepared for positions teaching second languages to non-native speakers, and our alumni have taught in public and private institutes, here in the Tampa Bay area and around the world. Other graduates have continued their graduate education and earned doctoral degrees, and many of our alumni hold positions of leadership. In short, our graduates have made a name for the linguistics major at USF.

Major Research Areas
Individual differences, Corpus linguistics, Second language phonology, Second language writing, Second Language Acquisition, Discourse analysis, and second language learning and teaching.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE (taken within the last five years) required with minimum scores of 149 (approximately 40th percentile ) V and 4 AW (approximately 50th percentile). Five-year limit may be waived for applicants with a master's degree who have previously taken the GRE.
  • three letters of recommendation
  • two-page statement of purpose, written by the applicant
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • English-medium university in an English speaking country must provide a TOEFL score of 600 (250 on the computerized version).

Applicants should note that proficiency in a second language is required by the time of graduation.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 36 hours

Core Requirements - 24 hours
LIN 5700 Applied Linguistics        3
LIN 6081 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Linguistics       3
LIN 6675 Grammatical Structure of American English        3
LIN 6720 Second Language Acquisition        3
TSL 5371 Methods of TESL        3
TSL 5372 ESL Curriculum and Instruction       3
TSL 5440 Language Testing        3
TSL 5525 Cross-Cultural Issues in ESL        3

Electives - 9 hours
Six hours of approved electives Students select electives in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Internship - 3 hours
TSL 6945 Internship

Non-Thesis
Applied Linguistics (TESL) is a non-thesis track.

Comprehensive Exam
In lieu of a comprehensive exam, per the norm of the field, a three-part Exit Assessment consisting of a Pedagogical Theory (PT) paper, a Classroom Practice & Reflection (CPR) paper, and portfolio of major course assignments and other relevant items is required for the program. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than their native language by the end of the major.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

LIN5700, LIN6081, LIN6675, LIN6720, LIN6748, TSL5371, TSL5372, TSL5440, TSL5525, TSL6945,