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Courses in Our MA Program

Our core courses in the College of Arts & Sciences are described below. Some general information about our courses may help you in your planning. 

Our core classes are held in the evening hours. We do this for the convenience of our students, since many students work while in school. Core courses generally meet for a three-hour period once each week. Class size is generally about 15 students per class or smaller. The relatively low student-to-faculty ratio promotes positive learning experiences. Learning is also fostered by the interactive teaching style we like to use. 

To see which courses are required in a particular program of study, read the pages for that program. The hyperlinks in the left column will let you explore the different programs we provide. 



Contents of this page:

  1. Course descriptions and usual schedule
  2. Note on course timing/sequencing and advising


Course Descriptions and Usual Schedule

Usually Offered in Fall


Courses Without Prerequisites


LIN 6081 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Linguistics 
no pre-requisite 
An introduction to the aims and methodologies of linguistics as a graduate discipline: the field of linguistics, its subdisciplines, and its relationship to adjacent arts and sciences; bibliographical resources; methods of research and research writing; and a brief survey of the historical development of linguistics and current issues in the field. This course is required of all MA students in the first semester of enrollment, or as early as possible. 
Students: Read  important note below on course timing/sequencing and advising. 

LIN 5700 Applied Linguistics 
no pre-requisite 
Analysis of the phonological, morphophonological, and syntactic features of English as a basis for linguistic application to problems of English language acquisition by non-native speakers. This course is required of all MA students in the first semester of enrollment, or as early as possible. 

TSL 5371 Methods of TESL 
no pre-requisite 
Analysis of the methods of teaching English pronunciation, structure, reading, and writing with attention to L2 culture and pragmatics; also includes a brief introduction to SLA theory.
This course is required of all MA students in the first semester of enrollment, or as early as possible.
Usually Offered in Fall


Courses With Prerequisites


TSL 5440 Language Testing 
pre- or co-requisite: TSL 5372
Course on the theory and practice of second language testing for achievement, proficiency, placement, and diagnostic purposes.
TSL 6945 TESL Internship  
pre-requisite: TSL 5372
Supervised teaching of English as a second language to non-native speakers at appropriate levels and settings. 
Note: Non-native speakers of English must meet TOEFL criteria before interning.
For a USF-based internship, you must be able to commit to the entire semester.




Usually Offered in Spring


Courses Without Prerequisites


LIN 6675 Grammatical Structure of American English  
pre-requisite: LIN 5700
Analysis and description of major morphological and syntactic structures of American English, with emphasis upon applied linguistics. 
Note: Successful completion of this course is required before completing the Exit Assessment. 

TSL 5525 Cross-Cultural Issues in ESL 
no pre-requisite 
Exploration of issues related to culture and cultures, strategies for teaching and testing cultural knowledge and skills, and development of cross-cultural awareness. 
Usually Offered in Spring


Courses with Prerequisites


TSL 5372 ESL Curriculum & Instruction  
prerequisite: TSL 5371 
Analysis of the methods of creating, modifying, sequencing, and assessing second/foreign language instructional programs. 
Note: Successful completion of this course is required before being allowed to intern. Other requirements exist: check the Handbook for details. 

LIN 6720 Second Language Acquisition 
pre-requisite: TSL 5371 
Neurolinguistic, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistic bases of second language acquisition by both children and adults. 
Highly recommended for final or penultimate semester of study. 

TSL 6945 TESL Internship 
pre-requisite: TSL 5372 
Supervised teaching of English as a second language to non-native speakers at appropriate levels and settings. 
Note: Non-native speakers of English must meet TOEFL criteria before interning. Read the Handbook for more information.
For a USF-based internship, you must be able to commit to the entire semester.
Electives


May include:

• Sociolinguistics 
• Writing process in SLA

• English for Academic Purposes/English for Specific Purposes.
• Task-Based Language Teaching
• Pragmatics for Language Teaching 
• Bilingualism/Multilingualism 
• Corpus Linguistics 
• Internet Language 
• Researching and Teaching Pronunciation 
• Qualitative and/or Quantitative Research in Applied Linguistics




Course Timing / Sequencing Requirements


LIN 6081 (Introduction to Graduate Study in Linguistics) and LIN 5700 should be taken during the student's first term of enrollment as a graduate student, or during the first term it is available, if not offered during the first term the student is enrolled. Drops are not permitted from either LIN 5700 or from LIN 6081, except under extenuating circumstances where the student is forced to withdraw from all work attempted in the term. In such a case, the student must contact the Program Director and inform him/her of the decision to withdraw. Students are advised to investigate the University deadline for withdrawing from a course without academic penalty.

Advising


Academic advising and scheduling will be done in coordination with the Program Director. 

It is the student’s responsibility, while in residence, to meet with the Program Director regularly, but at least once each semester during the regular registration period to schedule his/her courses for the following semester. 

Each student is reminded of University Policy Statement 415:
"Although the University provides advising services to assist students with academic planning, the responsibility for seeing that all requirements are met rests with the student."

Please see the following link for additional enrollment requirements from the office of graduate studies: http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies_Sect7_full.php#enroll