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Why study in the Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS) program at the University of South Florida?

Here are some reasons:


Faculty-Student Collaboration 
Our faculty are committed to supporting student intellectual and professional development through active mentoring.  One form of mentoring is faculty-student collaborative research which allows students to work closely with faculty on research projects of common interests and to co-present/co-publish the findings with the faculty. Faculty-student collaborations have produced co-authored articles in journals as CALICO Journal, CALL, Discourse, Context & Media, Ethnography and Education, Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Journal of Sociolinguistics, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, International Journal of Multilingualism, International Journal of Studies in Applied Linguistics and ELT, Language Teaching Research, Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education, TESL–EJ, TESOL Journal, TESOL Quarterly, and Writing Pedagogy.

Faculty-student collaborations have also produced dozens of presentations at international and national conferences such as the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference (ACTFL), Association for Business Communication conference, the CLIC Conference on Study Abroad (for 2017), the Georgetown University Round Table (GURT), the Language Teacher Education (LTE) Conference,  the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), the Symposium on Second Language Writing, the Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and the Teaching and Language Corpora Conference.

Tampa Bay Area 
The main campus of the University of South Florida is located in Tampa, part of the vibrant and diverse Greater Tampa Bay area with a population of more than four million.  The Tampa Bay area offers a multitude of cultural and recreational activities year around and boasts of one of the best airports in the world.  The Tampa campus is just about 75 minutes away from Orlando and the world-known Disney parks and about 60 minutes away from the famous beaches in Clearwater and Saint Petersburg.  The Tampa Bay area has much to offer to those seeking professional development opportunities in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.  In particular, BART, Bay Area Regional TESOL, offers a rich array of activities for professional networking and socialization.

Non-Traditional Career Trajectories 
Our curriculum provides students a solid foundation in multiple theoretical and methodological approaches to studying both language use and second language learning.  Through coursework and guided and independent research which emphasize and examine language-related problems in real-world contexts, our students are well prepared to pursue academic as well as non-traditional careers.

Funding for Qualified Students 
Our Ph.D. program receives strong support from the Department of World Languages (WLE).  Qualified applicants are awarded teaching assistantships and teach foreign language or applied linguistics courses in WLE.  Some students will be funded by teaching in INTO-USF's ELP.   Qualified applicants may also compete for the University Graduate Fellowship.  Once in the program, students have the opportunity to complete for other awards.  For example, the Dissertation Completion Fellowship is awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies to qualified doctoral students completing their dissertation research and writing.