Second Languages

This is an existing program but is not accepting new students at this time due to changes in the degree.

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 an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.70 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from those familiar with the applicant’s academic experience or relevant work experience. These letters should be sent directly to the program coordinator.
  • A writing sample from previous course work or professional writing samples approved by the program coordinator. The writing sample(s) should be sent directly to the program coordinator.
  • A professional statement (300-500 words) in which you state your reasons, goals, and preparation with regard to our graduate program. The professional statement should be sent directly to the program coordinator.

Transfer Credit

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

Program Requirements

The master’s program in Second Languages requires the 33 credit hours detailed below. Students will develop either a thesis or an electronic professional portfolio as their capstone experience.

Required Courses
Core Courses

LANG 5322 Methods of Teaching Second Languages
LANG 5323 Second Language Acquisition
LANG 5324 Teaching People of Other Cultures
LANG 5325 Second Language Assessment
LANG 7311 Teaching Listening and Speaking
LANG 7312 Teaching Reading and Writing
LANG 7314 Second Language Practicum
LANG 7350 Research in Second Languages
7000-level Three-credit hour elective from other discipline/department
Six credit hours of summative experience (choose one of the two options below)

  • *LANG 7000 Workshop
  • *LANG 7360 Professional Portfolio Capstone

OR

  • LANG 7699 Thesis

+ Comprehensive exam (both thesis and non-thesis options)
+ Thesis defense (if thesis option is chosen)
*non-thesis substitutions


Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of thesis or portfolio. If thesis option is chosen, an oral defense is required.
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 on the approved course of study

Courses in Second Languages

LANG 5303 Exploring US Latino Cultures
This course is designed to teach students in the service professions (e.g., nursing, social work, nonprofit and public service, business, criminal justice, construction management, education, public health, etc.) about issues relating to language and culture impacting U.S. Latino communities in Arkansas in order to help them provide better services to these communities. Because this course is taught in English, it does not meet many programs’ language proficiency requirements. Three credit hours.
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 7360 Professional Portfolio Capstone
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Students will produce a curated portfolio of theoretical and applied artifacts, including an executive summary of the students’ graduate studies, a professional teaching philosophy, a curriculum vita, and a narrative presentation of research, pedagogical, and assessment samples in a digital format.
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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