The Option A minor in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) offers graduate students both a theoretical and a practical background in the increasingly important area of SLA. After completing the minor, students will be prepared to understand research in SLA and to develop teaching curricula based on principles of second language learning and teaching.
Students wishing to minor in SLA should first contact the relevant SLA committee member in their department who will refer them to the SLA minor advisor. Students declaring the minor are required to meet with Professor Naomi Geyer (firstname.lastname@example.org), SLA minor advisor, before registering for SLA minor courses.
The SLA minor consists of 9 credits: a required course and two elective courses. Students without a background in linguistics and language pedagogy are encouraged to take introductory linguistics and teaching methodology courses before starting the SLA minor. Students may transfer up to 3 credits from prior graduate work, upon approval.
All students are required to take ENGL 318 Second Language Acquisition or CURRIC 673 Learning Second Language and Literacies. Students also choose two courses from the approved SLA list. With approval of the SLA minor advisor, students may count up to 3 credits (one course) of prior graduate study toward the minor.
Approved SLA course list
|African Cultural Studies
|Advanced Topics in African Linguistics 1
|Curriculum and Instruction
|Learning Second Language and Literacies
|Advanced Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language
|General Seminar 1
|Educational Technology for Deep Language Learning 2
|Seminar in World Language Education
|General Seminar 2
|Global Spread of English 3
|Topics in English Language and Linguistics
|Research Methods in Composition Studies
|Interaction Analysis: Talk as Social Organization
|Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
|Topics in Contemporary English Linguistics 1
|Advanced Second Language Acquisition
|Seminar-Topics in Applied English Linguistics 1
|French and Italian
|Issues in Methods of Teaching French and Italian 1, 2
|Topics in Applied Linguistics 1
|Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis
|Note: Spanish courses are generally offered in Spanish; contact instructor
|Contemporary Issues in Applied Spanish Linguistics 2
|Topics in Hispanic Linguistics 2
|Seminar in Language: Modern Spanish 2
Topics courses. Students should see the SLA Minor Advisor for approval of topics appropriate for the minor.
Courses must be taken for a total of 3 credits, in one or multiple enrollments.
Instructor and SLA advisor consent required.
SLA Steering Committee - The interdisciplinary SLA Steering Committee is comprised of members from the units listed below.
African Cultural Studies: Professor Katrina Thompson
Asian Languages and Cultures: Associate Professor Naomi Geyer, Associate Professor Byung-Jin Lim and Professor Junko Mori
Curriculum and Instruction: Professor Margaret Hawkins, Associate Professor Mariana Pacheco, Assistant Professor Diego Roman, Professor Francois Tochon and Professor Kate Vieira
English: Assistant Professor Jacee Cho
French and Italian: Associate Professor Heather Allen
German, Nordic, and Slavic: Professor Monika Chavez and Professor Karen Evans-Romaine
Language Institute: Director Dianna Murphy
Spanish and Portuguese: Associate Professor Cathy Stafford
Staff: Kristin Dalby (Graduate Coordinator) and Skender Jahiu (Financial and Payroll Specialist)