Master of Arts (M.A.) in Linguistics
The M.A. in Linguistics (TESOL Concentration) is offered only in a cohort (blended delivery) model to international students in a joint partnership with the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
College: College of Liberal Arts
Department: Languages and Literature
Student Type: Graduate Semester
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Linguistics, the scientific study of language, is a highly diverse field with many specializations relevant to today’s increasingly globalized educational and business environments. Benedictine’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Linguistics enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of the nature of human language, and how it is used to communicate for different purposes in a variety of social, cultural and professional contexts. The M.A. in Linguistics program provides a thorough grounding in the basics of linguistics as a discipline with a TESOL concentration that provides students with skills in the application of linguistic theory.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Linguistics program will allow candidates to earn the M.A. in Linguistics with TESOL. The M.A. in Linguistics with TESOL concentration provides degree candidates with both practical and theoretical instruction in applied linguistics, including preparation for teaching English to speakers of other languages in a range of contexts.
Requirements for Admission
Benedictine University welcomes diversity, and international students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please note the following requirements:
- Completed application form and application fee.
- Official and sealed transcripts from ALL colleges in which you previously enrolled (foreign credit must be evaluated by Benedictine’s approved credential evaluators).
- A one-page essay discussing your education and career goals.
- An in-person or telephone interview with a representative of the department.
- Two letters of recommendation: one that addresses your academic potential, and one that addresses your interpersonal skills and work ethic.
- International students must fulfill the University’s TOEFL or IELTS requirements.
- Note: a GRE is not required.
M.A. with TESOL Concentration (Vietnam Cohort)
Curriculum and Typical Course Sequence
32 credit hours: 7 content courses plus 4 scaffolded thesis preparation seminars (one per semester)
|Semester 1 (each new cohort typically begins in July)|
|LING 5501||Introduction to Linguistics||4|
|LING 5597||Thesis Seminar 1: Introduction to Thesis Writing||1|
|LING 5520||Research Methods: TESOL||4|
|LING 5503||Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL 1||4|
|LING 5598||Thesis Seminar 2: Thesis Proposal||1|
|LING 5502||Second Language Acquisition 1||4|
|LING 5504||Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Students 1||4|
|LING 5522||Issues in Second Language Writing 1||4|
|LING 5523||English for Specific Purposes||4|
|LING 5599||Thesis Seminar 3: Thesis Research||1|
|LING 6000||Thesis Seminar 4: Thesis Completion||1|
|LING 6001||MA Thesis Continuation||0|
Available only in Vietnam in partnership with USSH. Taught by USSH.
- Coursework and thesis completed within two years.
- Offered in a cohort model.
- Blended delivery.
Sandra Kies (2008), Ph.D., L.T.C.L.
Program Director, M.A. Linguistics, Linguistics
Professor, Languages and Literature
Ph.D. 2003, Macquarie University, Australia
M.A.1988, University of Sydney
B.A.1973, University of Queensland
Olga Lambert (2009), Ed. D.
Interim Dean College of Liberal Arts, Linguistics
Associate Professor, Languages and Literature
Ed.D. 2009, Harvard University
M.A. 2001, University of New Hampshire
B.A. 1999, Bates College
Students in the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Linguistics (TESOL Concentration) program will achieve the following student learning outcomes (SLO):
Student Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate a coherent understanding of key theories and research findings in the discipline of linguistics and explain how they may be applied in the teaching and learning of English as a second or foreign language.
• University SLO: 1. Disciplinary Competence and Skills
Student Learning Outcome 2: Display a nuanced understanding of the cognitive and social nature of human language, its complexity, and its diversity.
• University SLO: 6. Global Awareness and Cultural Competence
Student Learning Outcome 3: Apply linguistic knowledge and skills to solve problems in teaching/learning language
• University SLO: 5. Analytical Skills
Student Learning Outcome 4: Demonstrate critical thinking through analysis of written and/or spoken language using the tools of applied linguistics
• University SLO: 2. Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
Student Learning Outcome 5: Demonstrate the ability to create new knowledge through research
• University SLO: 5. Analytical Skills
Student Learning Outcome 6: Present research findings in a coherent written, oral, or new media format
• University SLO: 3. Communication Skills