Note: This Catalog was published in July 2009 and supersedes the 2008-2009 Catalog.
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Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald
403 Hammond Hall
Degree Requirements | Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) | Courses
M.A., Graduate Certificate
(See Program in Humanities)
Dr. Laurel S. Stvan
403 Hammond, 817.272.3133
Linguistics, the systematic study of human language, is situated at the crossroads of the humanities, the social sciences, and the physical sciences. The Department of Linguistics and TESOL at The University of Texas at Arlington provides comprehensive training in methods of language analysis, as informed by current linguistic theory and data from a variety of languages. Students receive instruction in the analysis of sound systems (phonetics and phonology) and grammar (morphology and syntax); in addition, the program has strengths in field linguistics and language documentation, discourse analysis, second language acquisition and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Linguistic science has applications in language learning and teaching, literary analysis and criticism, psychology, communication, anthropology, philosophy, neurology, sociology, speech recognition and synthesis, and artificial intelligence. Graduates of the program may find employment in fieldwork and field program administration, international affairs and development, literacy consultation and language planning, language technology, research, teaching and translation.
The master's degree in Linguistics provides training in the core areas of linguistics as well as firsthand experience working with geographically diverse, often previously undocumented languages.
The master's degree in TESOL provides broad-based training in the core areas of linguistics as well as concentrated training in areas particularly important to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, including second language acquisition, the phonological and grammatical structure of English, contrastive and error analysis, and curriculum design.
The Ph.D. degree provides advanced training in field linguistics and documentary linguistics, in the primary areas of the field in sound, syntax, and meaning, as well as training in linguistic computing and experience in presenting original research in professional venues. Students will pursue and develop in-depth expertise in at least one area of specialization.
For further information on graduate degree programs in Linguistics, consult the program's Web site at http://ling.uta.edu/degrees or contact the Graduate Advisor.
Graduate programs in linguistics are primarily designed for those with a background in one or more foreign languages and/or a background in the linguistic aspects of the English language. A graduate career in linguistics may also be appropriate to those with undergraduate study in anthropology, psychology, philosophy, or religion. Applicants without formal training in linguistics are invited to apply, provided that they are prepared to meet the department's requirements for leveling courses.
Requirements for master's and doctoral degrees are given in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section of this catalog. In addition, the following apply to those pursuing a graduate degree in linguistics:
All students pursing a graduate degree in linguistics must meet the degree prerequisites (i.e., leveling courses) and must take the core courses appropriate to their degree as published on the department's Web site, http://ling.uta.edu/degrees.
M.A. Non-Thesis Degree Plan: 36 hours of graduate-level coursework plus comprehensive written examination on the coursework. Students requiring leveling courses must add 9 hours, for a total of 45 hours.
Ph.D. Degree Plan: 57 hours of graduate-level coursework, including 18 hours of linguistic core courses, 12 hours of methods courses, 3 hours of professional development, 6 hours in an area of specialization, 6 hours of seminar courses (separate from other requirements and with at least one in planned area of specialization), 3 hours of dissertation proposal preparation (LING 6391) and 9 hours of dissertation (LING 6999). Students requiring leveling courses must add 9 hours, for a total of 66 hours. Students entering with a M.A. in linguistics may be able to waive up to 15 hours, at the discretion of the department, for equivalent courses completed at a B or higher in their master's program.
Theoretical core courses: LING 5320, LING 5321, LING 5330, LING 5331, LING 5345, LING 5347
Methods Courses: LING 5380, LING 5381, LING 6380, LING 6381 (or an approved course in research design or statistics offered by another department)
Professional Development Courses: LING 6300
Seminar requirement: All students must take 6 hours in seminars, using courses from the following list: LING 6390, LING 6392, LING 6393, LING 6394, LING 6395. Students should consult with their advisor in planning choices; at least one seminar must be in area of specialization.
All Ph.D. students must demonstrate knowledge of core areas in linguistics by passing the diagnostic examination requirement outlined on the departmental website.
In addition, there are foreign language and professional activities requirements that must be met. Visit http://ling.uta.edu/degrees/phd-linguistics for details.
Graduate programs in TESOL are primarily designed for those with a background in English language and literature and/or education. A graduate career in TESOL may also be appropriate to those with undergraduate study in a foreign language, international studies, or community development.
Requirements for master's degrees are given in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section of this catalog. In addition, the following apply to those pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL:
M.A. Non-Thesis Degree Plan: 36 hours of graduate-level coursework plus comprehensive written examination on the coursework.
All M.A. TESOL students must demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language prior to unconditional admission to the degree program. Those without such background may pursue study of a foreign language at U.T. Arlington concurrent with probationary enrollment in the M.A. TESOL program.
For additional information on prerequisites or degree requirements, consult the Graduate Advisor.
This program provides preparation through study and practice for the individual who wishes to teach English to speakers of other languages. It is available to any student who has been admitted to the Graduate School at U.T. Arlington.
The certificate requires 18 hours of course work: LING 5300, 5301, 5302, 5305, 5310, and 5303 or 5304. In addition to the course work, there is a practicum; this is done under LING 5110. LING 5300 (or equivalent linguistics course work) is a prerequisite for LING 5301, 5302, 5305, and 5310; LING 5301 is a prerequisite for 5303, and 5304. Even if the student presents an equivalency of LING 5300, 5301, and/or other course work, the 18-hour requirement must be met. A maximum of three credit hours of course work done at another institution can be transferred and counted toward the certificate.
Upon beginning study for the certificate, the student should contact the Graduate Advisor in TESOL to declare the intention to earn the certificate.
For Admission Requirements for Fall 2010 semester and thereafter, see http://ling.uta.edu/documents/LINGTESOL-Admissions-Criteria-Effective-Fall-2009.pdf for a downloadable PDF.
In evaluating candidates for admissions to its graduate degree programs, the Linguistics & TESOL Faculty has adopted a comprehensive approach that is sensitive to the diversity of backgrounds of its applicants. To this end, the following constellation of quantitative and qualitative factors has been established to make explicit the range of criteria upon which admissions decisions will be based. These factors are then applied to the Admission Metrics established for each degree program. (See below for admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in TESOL.)
Admission decisions into a degree program in the Department of Linguistics & TESOL are made on the basis of two types of factors, quantitative and qualitative. PhD applicants must include an academic writing sample.
In formulating a recommendation for admission, the graduate advisors will apply the following admission metrics to each applicant's admission dossier.
Students wishing to apply to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School as Special Students solely for the purpose of earning the Graduate Certificate in TESOL must have earned an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution and present an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (as determined by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School). Applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 250.
Students seeking to transfer from Special Student status into a graduate degree program at U.T. Arlington must re-apply to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School as degree-seeking students and meet all published admissions requirements, including those pertaining to standardized tests. No student will be "automatically" or "exceptionally" moved from Special Student status into any graduate degree program.
The Web site for the U.T. Arlington Office of Graduate Studies provides additional information about graduate study at U.T. Arlington and about the admission process, including general testing requirements and other paperwork. Students may apply for admission online or request application materials be sent via post.
The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.
An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.
Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)
LING5100 - THESIS WRITING SEMINAR (1 - 0)
Techniques for researching and writing a thesis/dissertation in linguistics. Required of all students who have elected the Thesis or Thesis Substitute degree option in Linguistics. Prerequisite: completion of at least 9 hours of LING courses.
LING5110 - TESOL PRACTICUM (1 - 0)
In observing ESOL classes or in teaching learners of ESOL, the student demonstrates ability to apply the principles presented in the TESOL Certificate coursework. Prerequisite: LING 5302 and LING 5305 and permission of instructor.
LING5190 - CONFERENCE COURSE IN LINGUISTICS (1 - 0)
Graded P/F. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
LING5300 - LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS (3 - 0)
An overview of the study of human language from a linguistic perspective. Topics covered may include the analysis of language structures, the study of language in social contexts, the principles governing language change, and the application of linguistic analysis to language teaching, literary studies, literacy, and translation. May not be used to fulfill M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements in linguistics.
LING5301 - TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3 - 0)
Presentation and critique of methodologies of teaching English to speakers of other languages, with emphasis on techniques of teaching aural comprehension; speaking, reading, and writing skills; attention to testing, language laboratory, and linguistic-cultural differences.
LING5302 - METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3 - 0)
Systematic study of the application of linguistic theory and findings; emphasis on pedagogical strategies, materials, and tests; attention to current and past research and practices. Prerequisite: LING 5301.
LING5303 - CONTRASTIVE ANALYSIS AND ERROR ANALYSIS IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3 - 0)
A study of contrastive analysis and error analysis as means of defining student problems and progress; emphasis on current research; application to specific problems and contexts. Prerequisite: LING 5300 and LING 5301.
LING5304 - PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR OF ENGLISH (3 - 0)
Grammaticality, variation, and acceptability applied to teaching English as a second or foreign language. Problems of description; means of application; adaptation to current pedagogical methods. Prerequisite: LING 5300 and LING 5301.
LING5305 - SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (3 - 0)
Study of the processes of first and second language acquisition, their similarities and differences, language disorders, language perception and production, and implications of language acquisition research for linguistic theory and language teaching. Prerequisite: LING 5300 or permission of instructor.
LING5306 - TESOL CURRICULUM DESIGN (3 - 0)
Systematic presentation of elements in development, management and evaluation of TESOL programs. Attention to needs analysis, syllabus design, materials selection and adaptation, teaching and evaluation in language curriculum design. Prerequisite: LING 5301.
LING5307 - PEDAGOGICAL PHONOLOGY OF ENGLISH (3 - 0)
A study of the sound system of English. Topics include segmental phonemes, stress, length, intonation and variation at the lexical and utterance levels. Application to teaching English as a second or foreign language. Problems of description; means of application; adaptation to current pedagogical methods. Prerequisite: LING 5300 and LING 5301.
LING5310 - SOCIOLINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
The study of language and social context (made up of society and individuals). Content includes language as a social phenomenon, theoretical perspectives on relationship between language, society and individuals, basic concepts in sociolinguistics; and may include topics in macro- and micro-sociolinguistics such as multilingualism, language planning and standardization, linguistic variation, code switching, conversational analysis, and language and gender.
LING5311 - SOCIOLINGUISTICS OF SOCIETY (3 - 0)
The study of macro-sociolinguistics, including topics such as multilingualism, language standardization and planning, literacy, language dominance, maintenance and death, language and identity, diglossia, and pidgins and creoles. Prerequisite: LING 5310.
LING5312 - LANGUAGE AND GENDER (3 - 0)
The role of language in the expression and creation of gender identities. Gender differences in language structure and use, men's and women's languages in other cultures, the acquisition of gendered ways of speaking, and sexism in language. Prerequisite: LING 5310.
LING5313 - TOPICS IN SOCIOLINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
Selected topics relating the scientific methodologies of linguistics to larger concerns of society and culture including cognition, motivation, description and analysis. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: LING 5310.
LING5314 - HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
The study of language development and change; comparative method and its use in linguistic reconstruction; laws of language change. Prerequisite: LING 3330 or permission of instructor.
LING5320 - PHONOLOGICAL THEORY (3 - 0)
Explores the principles governing sound systems in human languages. Prerequisite: LING 3330 or permission of instructor.
LING5321 - ADVANCED PHONOLOGICAL THEORY (3 - 0)
A continuation of LING 5320. Topics include autosegmental analysis, lexical phonology, metrical phonology and phonological feature geometry. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: LING 5320.
LING5322 - LABORATORY PHONOLOGY (3 - 0)
An investigation into the physical properties of human speech. Students will gain hands-on experience with computer-assisted speech analysis. No prior computer experience is assumed. Prerequisite: LING 5320
LING5330 - FORMAL SYNTAX (3 - 0)
Explores the grammatical structures characteristic of human language by analyzing data from diverse languages within the theoretical framework of formal syntax. Prerequisite: LING 3340 or permission of instructor.
LING5331 - ADVANCED FORMAL SYNTAX (3 - 0)
A continuation of LING 5330. Investigates theoretical controversies in formal syntax and provides extensive opportunity for application in linguistic field work. Prerequisite: LING 5330
LING5332 - DISCOURSE GRAMMAR (3 - 0)
Studies grammatical structures of discourse, paragraph, sentence, and clause, using texts and other data from typologically different languages. Focuses on both morphosyntactic forms and their functions in discourse.
LING5333 - FUNCTIONAL-TYPOLOGICAL GRAMMAR (3 - 0)
Grammatical analysis based on the communicative functions of grammar as mediated through discourse; involves comparison across languages. Prerequisite: LING 5330.
LING5334 - MORPHOLOGY (3 - 0)
A theoretical and typological investigation into the nature of word-structure and word-formation processes in human languages. Prerequisite: LING 5320 or LING 5330.
LING5335 - LANGUAGE UNIVERSALS AND LINGUISTIC TYPOLOGY (3 - 0)
Consideration of universals in human language, their explanation and description, and language types. Prerequisite: LING 5330.
LING5340 - PRINCIPLES OF TRANSLATION (3 - 0)
Theory and procedures in cross-language transfer with emphasis on basic linguistic notions such as form vs. meaning, multiple senses, and types of lexical equivalences and sociolinguistic factors involved in idiomatic translation. May not apply toward degree requirements if LING 5341 and ANTH 5342 are applied.
LING5341 - PRINCIPLES OF LITERACY (3 - 0)
Principles involved in the introduction of literacy to preliterate societies. Includes consideration of motivational factors, stimulation of indigenous authorship, orthography design, elements of reading methodology and alternative strategies for literacy programs. May not apply toward degree requirements if LING 5340 and ANTH 5342 are applied.
LING5342 - LITERACY INSTRUCTION AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
A study of the linguistic, pedagogical, and sociocultural bases for training literacy teachers in languages of preliterate societies. Surveys current trends in literacy instruction, issues of language choice, and the use of linguistically appropriate material.
LING5343 - READING THEORY AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
Survey of reading theory with practical application to preparation of literacy materials for preliterate societies. Focuses on specific linguistic and psycholinguistic factors involved.
LING5344 - SOCIOLINGUISTIC ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE PROGRAMS (3 - 0)
Survey of the linguistic and social factors involved in the development of language programs for preliterate speakers of vernacular languages. Special attention given to the effect of using the mother tongue and/or a second language in such programs, and accompanying measurement and documentation.
LING5345 - SEMANTICS (3 - 0)
Considers meaning with respect to how humans form concepts in terms of semantic features, categorization, prototype imaging, cultural scenes, scripting and coherence within world views. Prerequisite: LING 3340 or permission of instructor.
LING5346 - TOPICS IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
LING5347 - PRAGMATICS (3 - 0)
Analysis of how context and form interact with meaning. Topics may include deixis, reference, speech acts, presupposition, implicature, information structure and intonation.
LING5350 - TEXT ANALYSIS (3 - 0)
Methods of charting and analyzing texts to reveal the systematic contributions of pragmatic choices to their organization and meaning. Prerequisite: LING 3340.
LING5351 - SPOKEN DISCOURSE (3 - 0)
Techniques for collecting, transcribing, and analyzing conversation and other forms of spoken communication. Topics may include discourse prosody, turn-taking and exchange structure, interactional sociolinguistics, discourse in oral cultures, and cross-cultural communication. Prerequisite: LING 5310.
LING5360 - NON-WESTERN LINGUISTIC STRUCTURES (3 - 0)
Study of a selected non-Western language, language family or language area based on descriptive linguistic analysis. May be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Prerequisite: LING 3330 and LING 3340.
LING5361 - READINGS IN NON-WESTERN LINGUISTIC STRUCTURES (3 - 0)
May not be used to fulfill the non-Western language requirement.
LING5370 - SURVEY OF LINGUISTIC THEORIES (3 - 0)
A comparison and contrast of various linguistic theories, with consideration of their assumptions and problem-solving capacities. Prerequisite: LING 5330.
LING5371 - SURVEY OF THEORIES IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
A comparison and contrast of various linguistic theories, with consideration of their implications for application to real-world problems involving language. Prerequisite: LING 5305.
LING5372 - READINGS IN LINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: LING 5330.
LING5380 - FIELD METHODS (3 - 0)
The principles, techniques and practical aspects of linguistic field research. The course includes extensive practice in eliciting data (phonological, morpho-syntactic, textual and lexical) directly from a native speaker, as well as in managing, analyzing and describing the data obtained. Prerequisite: LING 5300.
LING5381 - THE COMPUTER AND NATURAL LANGUAGE (3 - 0)
Applications of computers to linguistic analysis, and applications of linguistic analysis to computing. Topics may include natural language processing, speech recognition and synthesis, language prostheses, statistical analysis, text processing, and corpus analysis.
LING5391 - CONFERENCE COURSE IN LINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
LING5392 - THESIS SUBSTITUTE (3 - 0)
LING5393 - TESOL TEACHING AND OBSERVATION (3 - 0)
In teaching learners of ESOL and observing ESOL classes, the student demonstrates ability to apply the principles presented in the M.A. TESOL coursework. Prerequisite: LING 5302 and LING 5305 and permission of instructor.
LING5395 - GRADUATE INTERNSHIP (3 - 0)
Employment (paid or unpaid) supervised by a faculty internship coordinator, with the student performing duties related to the academic curriculum of linguistics and/or TESOL. Students are required to submit an approved academic project related to the work performed. May be repeated with approval of Graduate Advisor.
LING5398 - THESIS (3 - 0)
LING5698 - THESIS (6 - 0)
LING5998 - THESIS (9 - 0)
LING6191 - RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS (1 - 0)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
LING6199 - DISSERTATION (1 - 0)
LING6291 - RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS (2 - 0)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
LING6300 - PROFESSIONAL WRITING SEMINAR (3 - 0)
Prerequisite: Completion of at least 9 hours of LING courses.
LING6360 - DISCOURSE THEORY SEMINAR (3 - 0)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
LING6380 - FIELD METHODS SEMINAR (3 - 0)
Prerequisite: LING 5380.
LING6381 - RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICS (3 - 0)
Practical training in methodologies and analytical techniques common in linguistic research. Topics include qualitative vs. quantitative data analysis, questionnaire design and administration, laboratory protocol, field protocol, population sampling, statistical analysis, and research ethics.
LING6390 - LINGUISTICS SEMINAR (3 - 0)
Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
LING6391 - RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS (3 - 0)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
LING6392 - SEMINAR IN PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY (3 - 0)
In-depth investigation of research into a specialized area of phonetics and/or phonology. Course registrants will develop original research focusing on topic at-hand, with results exchanged through discussion, presentations/reports, and/or papers. Prerequisites: LING 5321 or permission of the instructor.
LING6393 - SEMINAR IN SYNTAX (3 - 0)
In-depth investigation of research into a specialized area of syntax. Course registrants will develop original research focusing on topic at-hand, with results exchanged through discussion, presentations/reports, and/or papers. Prerequisites: LING 5331 or permission of instructor.
LING6394 - SEMINAR IN SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS (3 - 0)
In-depth investigation of research into a specialized area of meaning: semantics and/or pragmatics. Course registrants will develop original research focusing on topic at-hand, with results exchanged through discussion, presentations/reports, and/or papers. Prerequisites: LING 5345 or 5347 or permission of instructor.
LING6395 - SEMINAR IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (3 - 0)
In-depth investigation of research into a specialized area of second language acquisition. Course registrants will develop original research focusing on topic at-hand, with results exchanged through discussion, presentations/reports, and/or papers. Prerequisites: LING 5305 or permission of the instructor.
LING6399 - DISSERTATION (3 - 0)
LING6491 - RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS (4 - 0)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
LING6591 - RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS (5 - 0)
LING6691 - RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS (6 - 0)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
LING6699 - DISSERTATION (6 - 0)
LING6999 - DISSERTATION (9 - 0)
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