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English, MA - Applied Linguistics Emphasis

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome M Teaching English as an additional language (MA-AL)

MA-AL students will be able to articulate and analyze various aspects of teaching English as an additional language in the US and abroad.
Objective 1 Students will be able to apply relevant knowledge of linguistic concepts to evaluate teaching approaches and materials.
Objective 2 Students will be able to explain the relevance of knowledge of phonology, morphology, and syntax to teaching English.

Outcome N Competence in Empirical Research (MA-AL)

MA-AL students will demonstrate understanding of different aspects of empirical research in applied linguistics and second language study and be able to design their own research by using appropriate methods of data collection and analysis.
Objective 1 Students will be able to evaluate best practices in conducting empirical research, both quantitative and qualitative, in applied linguistics and second-language studies.
Objective 2 Using best practices in the field, students will be able to conceptualize and design an empirical study on a topic of interest that is ready for implementation.

Outcome W MA-AL-Language Variation

Students will understand language variation within the context of teaching English as an additional language in the US and abroad.
Objective 1 Students will be able to recognize and debunk common myths about language.
Objective 2 Students will be able to identify regional and social factors that influence language use and language attitudes.

Outcome X MA-AL-Research Comprehension

MA-AL students will be fluent readers of disciplinary relevant research in Applied Linguistics and Second Language studies.
Objective 1 Students will be able to analyze and critique current research in applied linguistics and second-language studies.

Outcome Y MA-AL-Teaching Philosophy

MA-AL students will be able to articulate a theoretically-grounded philosophy of second-language learning.
Objective 1 Students will be able to evaluate the contextual appropriateness of pedagogical methodologies that have arisen from each of the major second language learning theories.
Objective 2 Students will be able to develop a philosophy of second-language teaching that draws on current theory and research in the fields of Second Language Acquisition and TESOL.

Outcome Z MA-AL-Instructional Methodologies

MA-AL students will show competence in creating instructional materials responsive to learners' linguistic backgrounds.
Objective 1 Students will be able to evaluate learners' linguistic, sociocultural, and educational backgrounds to identify their instructional needs.
Objective 2 Students will be able to analyze the theoretical and pedagogical underpinnings of select instructional materials and/or classroom instruction.