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MA Program in Linguistics: English as a Second Language



Our students are prepared for positions teaching second languages to non-native speakers, whether adults or children. Our alumni have taught in six continents, in public and private institutes, here in the Tampa Bay area and around the world. Other graduates have continued their graduate education and earned doctoral degrees. Many of our alumni hold positions of leadership. In short, our graduates have made a name for the Applied Linguistics program at USF.

How do we prepare our graduates for such a broad range of professional positions?

Our instructional approach to the field of Applied Linguistics includes theory and practical applications. Every course provides students the grounding of theory and research, while making knowledge relevant through application activities. This approach lets our students build up a broad range of expertise. Our graduates know more than classroom techniques: they also know how to interpret the research literature and reflectively apply it to their instructional context.

The internship is another special feature of our MA and Certificate programs. Both include internship opportunities. In the MA, for example, one path allows students to work closely with a mentor in the INTO USF English Language Program while developing practical and professional expertise.

The Master of Arts in Linguistics: English as a Second Language (ESL) is a non-thesis program appropriate for those who wish to teach in a variety of contexts (e.g., intensive English institutes, community college settings, private schools, in international contexts), to pursue a doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics, or to work in the areas of materials and curriculum development. In addition, a number of our graduates have served as English Language Fellows and several have received Fulbright ETA Fellowships.