Second Languages

Admission Requirements | Program Requirements | Graduate Courses

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Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Second Languages (MASL) is a 33 semester hour program designed to provide academic preparation for individuals interested in English as a second language (ESL) and foreign languages in various settings across the state, the nation, and in international venues. This program offers students the opportunity to acquire advanced language foundations in order to work with limited English proficient (LEP) speakers, and French, German, Spanish, and less commonly taught language students from pre-K to 16+ grade levels.

The MASL degree also provides well-qualified professionals to meet the need for second language professionals in the public schools. The degree, however, does not provide teacher licensure. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has listed foreign languages as one of the critical shortage areas in the past several years. Additionally, foreign language graduates may pursue employment in two-year colleges across the country.

Please visit the program’s website for more information.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Three letters of reference for academic and/or professional experience.
  • Personal interview with MASL faculty members.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 with a 3.0 on the last 60 hours.
  • A combined score of 300 on the verbal (160) and quantitative (140) sections of the GRE or a score of 413 on the MAT.

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 graduate credit hours may be accepted in transfer with approval of the Department chair.


Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy (SLAP) Track

This track focuses on the teaching and acquisition of a foreign language (English, French, German, Spanish, and less commonly taught languages). If a candidate chooses English as a second language (ESL), he/she must have completed ENGL 3312 Grammatical Analysis of Modern English or the equivalent. ESL students are required to complete ENGL 5970 Seminar in Linguistics. If a student chooses a language other than English, he/she must have at least 24 undergraduate hours in the target language (French, German, Spanish, or a less commonly taught language) prior to entering the program. Part of the core may be fulfilled by the student’s previous course work.


Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion and oral defense of the final thesis
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 on the approved course of study

Courses in Second Languages

LANG 5322 Teaching Second Languages
Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. Methods and materials used to teach skill development in modern second languages; techniques considered most effective and appropriate assessment strategies. Required for foreign language teacher licensure and the ESL endorsement in the state of Arkansas.

LANG 5323 Second Language Acquisition
Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. How second language is acquired by children and adults. A course for those preparing to teach students with limited English proficiency. Required for ESL endorsement in the state of Arkansas.

LANG 5324 Teaching People of Other Cultures
Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. Cultural issues for teaching students with limited English proficiency. A required course for ESL endorsement in the state of Arkansas.

LANG 5325 Second Language Assessment
Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. Examines goals, principles, instruments, and techniques of assessment and testing of second language learners, K-12 and adult. A required course for ESL endorsement in the state of Arkansas.

LANG 7100, 7200, 7300 Workshop
Interaction between students and professor on topic relevant to teaching in the discipline.

LANG 7311 Teaching Listening and Speaking
Theory and techniques of teaching the skills of listening and speaking; skill-building strategies appropriate for novice through advanced language learners; assessment mechanisms designed for appropriate performance at each level.

LANG 7312 Teaching Reading and Writing
Theory and techniques of teaching the skills of reading and writing; skill-building strategies appropriate for novice through advanced language learners; assessment mechanisms designed for appropriate performance at each level.

LANG 7314 Second Language Practicum
Prerequisite: LANG 5322.
Practical application of the principles of second language teaching in public elementary and secondary schools, Intensive English Language Program, and adult ESL learning environments.

LANG 7350 Research in Second Language Education
Understanding and critiquing research in second language education; includes a student-generated research project on a current topic in second language education.

LANG 7699 Thesis
Prerequisites: Completion of basic core, LANG 5322, 5323, 5324, 5325, 7311, 7312, and 7350, and the consent of the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Students will develop a thesis proposal, thesis description, survey of the relevant literature, time-table for completion, and names of committee members and submit this proposal to the Graduate Program Coordinator for approval


Courses in International Studies

INTS 5301 Independent Study in International Studies
An advanced exploration of an issue/topic in international studies, resulting in a major research project or a series of smaller research projects. The topic is chosen in consultation with the course instructor, and a second faculty reader is required. Can be repeated for credit.

INTS 7301 Advanced Independent Study in International Studies
An advanced exploration of an issue/topic in international studies, resulting in a major research project or a series of smaller research projects. The topic is chosen in consultation with the course instructor, and a second faculty reader is required. Can be repeated for credit.
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