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  Feb 24, 2018
 
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics


GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED:

Master of Arts—Linguistics/TESL/Cross-Linguistics
Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Transition to Teaching Program

Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Root Hall, room A-140-G
Phone: 812-237 –2366
Fax: 812-237-2368
E-mail: lll@indstate.edu
Web site: http://www.indstate.edu/lll

Department Chairperson: Dr. Ronald W. Dunbar


GRADUATE FACULTY

Professors

Barratt, Leslie, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Professor of Linguistics
Specializations: Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language

Dunbar, Ronald W., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Chairperson and Professor of German
Specializations: German, Linguistics

Montañez, Carmen L., Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Professor of Spanish
Specialization: Spanish

Nelson, Cecil, L., Ph.D., University of Illinois
Professor of Linguistics
Specializations: Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language

Phillips, Betty, S., Ph.D., University of Georgia
Professor of Linguistics
Specialization: Linguistics


Associate Professors


Calvin, Lisa, Ph.D., Indiana University
Associate Professor of Spanish and Language Pedagogy
Specializations: Spanish, Language Pedagogy

Rider, N. Ann, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Associate Professor of German and Women’s Studies
Specialization: German


Assistant Professors


Berg, Keri, Ph.D., Indiana University
Assistant Professor of French
Specialization: French


HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics has existed under various names since the beginnings of the institution. After Indiana State Teachers College became Indiana State University in 1965, the department began to offer the master of arts and master of science degrees in French, Spanish, and Latin. In 2001 the teaching English as a second language/linguistics faculty joined the department and the program was totally revised as a single degree program with options in a single language (French or Spanish) or in linguistics/teaching English as a second language/cross-linguistics.


GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics offers a master of arts degree in linguistics/teaching English as a second language/cross-linguistics.

The department also offers a 12 credit hour graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language/teaching English as a foreign language. This is not a degree program, nor does it confer an Indiana teaching license on its recipients. Certificate (in TEFL or TESL) is an internationally recognized term, and many employers in other countries require a certificate of teachers who don’t hold a master’s degree. In conjunction with the College of Education, the Transition to Teaching Program offers graduate students the opportunity to obtain initial teacher licensure at the post-baccalaureate level.

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics and the College of Education cooperate to offer a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in language education for students specializing in the research and practice of second language teaching and teacher education.


MAIN OBJECTIVES

The curriculum of the single language option is designed to enhance the written skills and spoken fluency of French or Spanish as a necessary instrument in modern communication, to acquaint students more thoroughly with the cultural background and the literature of these languages, and to guide them in the critical analysis of texts.

The curriculum of the linguistics/teaching English as a second language/cross-linguistics option is designed to allow students to create a program of course work with a linguistic focus such as TESL or work in a combination of languages and linguistics. As such, it acquaints students with the theoretical and methodological approaches to these disciplines. The program is designed to meet the needs of those expecting to terminate their graduate work with the master’s degree as well as those intending to pursue further advanced work.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, prospective graduate majors or minors in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics and those seeking the graduate certificate in TESL/TEFL or Transition to Teaching Program must submit the following to the department: a resume including academic and work experience; a statement of purpose explaining why they are interested in pursuing graduate work in the department; and three letters of recommendation from former professors, if possible, or employers who can comment on the likelihood of the students’ success in their proposed program of graduate study.

If the student’s preparation seems unsatisfactory his or her application may be rejected or he or she may be asked to take additional undergraduate courses or be given an examination to test his or her competence in the area.

Applicants for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Curriculum and Instruction with Specialization in Language Education should see the College of Education section of the Catalog for a description of the admission requirements for the program.

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Transition to Teaching Program

Students wishing to obtain initial teacher licensure at the graduate level should consult the appropriate section of the Catalog dealing with post-baccalaureate non-degree licensure for secondary teachers. Students in this program will take Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 590 Language Teaching Methods and the graduate courses designed by Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology for licensure purposes (See College of Education, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology). A student may choose to continue studies in French, German, or Spanish and earn a master’s degree, applying nine of the credits already earned for certification toward the degree. Please contact the department for further details.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Language Education

In cooperation with the College of Education, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics offers a concentration in language education as part of the doctor of philosophy in curriculum and instruction.  For admission and program requirements, see the program listing in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology.  For requirements in the language concentration, contact Dr. Leslie Barratt, phone: 812-237-2677.