Designated Emphasis Requirements

Designated Emphasis Requirements

Revised December 23, 2003
Approved by Graduate Council on January 29, 2004
Changes added October 2, 2006 per Graduate Studies

Students completing a DE in SLA will take five courses (20 units) as stipulated below:

  1. Required (8 units):
    _____ LIN 280: Theories of SLA (or SPA 212, or FRE/GER/SPA 291)
    _____ LIN 281: Research in SLA
     
  2. Two courses (8 units) taken from two of the following four areas.
    1. Pedagogy
      _____ SPA 215: Technology and Foreign Language Learning
      _____ LIN 205, 298 or equivalent: Special topics. Students will have to consult with Graduate Adviser to determine which courses are appropriate.
      _____ LIN 289: Pedagogical Applications of Second Language Acquisition Theory
      _____ SPA 215: Special topics in Hispanic Linguistics. Students will have to consult with Graduate Adviser to determine which courses are appropriate.
      _____ EDU 249: Discourse Analysis in Educational Settings
      _____ GER 206: Cognitive Grammar for Applied Linguists
    2. SLA and Multilingualism
      _____ LIN 282: Bilingualism
      _____ EDU 251: Research in bilingualism and second language education
      _____ LIN 205, 298 or equivalent: Special topics. Students will have to consult with Graduate Adviser to determine which courses are appropriate.
      _____ SPA 215: Special topics in Hispanic Linguistics. Students will have to consult with Graduate Adviser to determine which courses are appropriate.
    3. SLA in Society
      _____ EDU 249: Discourse Analysis in Educational Settings
      _____ EDU 252: Multicultural teaching and curriculum.
      _____ EDU 253: Language and literacy and linguistic minorities
      _____ LIN 205, 298 or equivalent: Special topics. Students will have to consult with Graduate Adviser to determine which courses are appropriate.
      _____ SPA 215: Special topics in Hispanic Linguistics. Students will have to consult with Graduate Adviser to determine which courses are appropriate.
    4. SLA and Cognition
      _____ PSC 264: Psycholinguistics
      _____ LIN 205, 298 or equivalent: Special Topics. Students will have to consult with Graduate Adviser to determine which courses are appropriate.
      _____ SPA 215: Special topics in Hispanic Linguistics. Students will have to consult with Graduate Adviser to determine which courses are appropriate.
       
  3. Required independent study (4 units): Leading to a research paper describing theoretical, empirical, or applied work in second language acquisition.
    _____ LIN 299 or equivalent: Independent study
     
  4. Examination Requirements
    The student's Qualifying Examination Committee must include at least one member of the DE. The Chair of the DE and the student's Ph.D. program Graduate Adviser must co-sign the Qualifying Examination Committee form, which is submitted to Graduate Studies for approval by the Graduate Council Chair.

    The Qualifying Examination will assess the student's level of knowledge within the area of the DE, as well as in the Ph.D. program. Satisfactory performance on the Qualifying Examination for the Ph.D. will be judged independently from performance on the DE. Thus, an allowable outcome of the Qualifying Examination is that the student's performance may be "passing" for the Ph.D. but "not passing" for the DE.

    In the event that a student passes the Ph.D. qualifying exam, but receives a "not pass" for the DE, the Executive Committee of the DE will define a plan for remediation. The plan may include, but is not limited to re-examination by the DE Executive Committee, coursework, teaching, or preparation of a paper. If the student is re-examined, the outcome is limited to "pass" or "fail". If the student receives a "fail", the student is disqualified from the DE.
     
  5. Dissertation Requirements
    The student's Dissertation Committee shall be selected in accordance with the regulations of the Ph.D. program, but must include at least one member of the DE. The DE member may be the Dissertation Committee Chair. Further, the dissertation topic chosen must have some relevance to the DE.
     
  6. Degree Conferral Process
    The DE will be awarded solely in conjunction with the Ph.D. and will be signified by the degree designation "Ph.D. in X with Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition" where X is one of the affiliated Ph.D. programs.

 

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