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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program 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 Sescond Language At USF, our Linguistics and TESL programs are among the oldest in the Sunshine State. Linguistics dates back to the early 1960s, early in USF history, and the applied linguistics program 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 program 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.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

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 listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
Students must also have the following:

  • 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 masters 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


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program 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 program adviser.

Internship - 3 hours
TSL 6945 Internship

Applied Linguistics (TESL) is a non-thesis program

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 program.

College Degree Requirements

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


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to 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: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: 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.


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,