Second Language Acquisition & Teacher Education Concentration

for the Graduate Concentration in Second Language Acquisition & Teacher Education


director: Dr. Kiel Christianson

email: kiel@illinois.edu


department website: http://www.slate.illinois.edu/

department faculty: SLATE Faculty


overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


department office: 4080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 South Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-3390


 Graduate Degree Programs participating in Second Language Acquisition & Teacher Education

Anthropology, PhD

Communication, PhD

Curriculum & Instruction, PhD

East Asian Languages and Cultures, PhD

Educational Policy, Organization & Leadership, PhD

Educational Psychology, PhD

French, PhD

German, PhD

Italian, PhD

Linguistics, PhD

Portuguese, PhD

Psychology, PhD

Spanish, PhD

Speech and Hearing Science, PhD


The concentration in SLATE requires a minimum of 28 hours of graduate-level coursework and is open to PhD students in the participating Departments.

Admission

PhD students in any of the participating Departments are admitted into the program with the consent of their advisor and the Director of the SLATE program. A coursework prerequisite (LING 400 - Introduction to Language Structure) is required, and either it or an equivalent course must be completed prior to admission. If a student believes s/he has completed an equivalent (or more advanced) course than the prerequisite, s/he may submit a petition to the Director of SLATE requesting that course to be substituted for LING 400. Petition forms and instructions, as well as an admission form, are located on the SLATE website, at http://slate.illinois.edu/students/forms/.

for the Graduate Concentration in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education


Language Structure
Select two of the following:8
Syntax I
Phonology I
Syntax II
Phonology II
Sociolinguistics II
Pragmatics
Intro to East Asian Ling
Structure of French Language
German Linguistics
History of the German Language
For courses below, only some sections satisfy SLATE requirements. A list of the specific sections that will count toward satisfying SLATE course requirements will be posted at: www.slate.illinois.edu/students/courses/.
Sem Spanish Synchronic Ling (some sections) 1
Studies in French Linguistics (some sections)
Germanic Linguistics (some sections)
Italian Syntax & Phonology (some sections)
Intro to Slavic Linguistics (some sections)
Seminar in EALC (some sections)
And other courses as approved by the SLATE Director and Executive Committe
Psycholinguistics/Sociolinguistics
Select one of the following:4
Linguistics and the School Curriculum
Sociolinguistics I
Sociolinguistics II
Seminar in Bilingualism
Dev Psycholinguistics
Psycholinguistics
Adv Psycholinguistics
For courses below, only some sections satisfy SLATE requirements. A list of the specific sections that will count toward satisfying SLATE course requirements will be posted at: www.slate.illinois.edu/students/courses/.
Sem Spanish Synchronic Ling (some sections, e.g., "Sociolinguistica Hispanica")
Studies in French Linguistics (some sections, e.g., "Language and Gender")
Sem Second Lang Learn ((some sections))
And other courses as approved by the SLATE Director and Executive Committee
Second Language Studies
Select one of the following:8
Second Lang Acq & Bilingualism
Principles of Language Testing (EIL/FR/GER/ITAL/PORT/SLS/SPAN 460 Principles of Language Testing)
Advanced Seminar in Educational Psychology (Section BE: "Discourse Analysis in Second Language Acquisition"; Section N: "Second Language Acquisition, a Developmental Perspective")
Theories in Second Language Acquisition (CI/EALC/EIL/FR/GER/ITAL/LING/PORT/SPAN/SLS 584 Theories in SLA)
For courses below, only some sections satisfy SLATE requirements. A list of the specific sections that will count toward satisfying SLATE course requirements will be posted at: www.slate.illinois.edu/students/courses/.
Seminar in Second Lang Studies (some sections) 1
Seminar in EALC (some sections)
Issues and Development in Education (some sections, e.g., "Foundations of Bilingual/Multilingual Education")
Seminar for Advanced Study of Education (some sections, e.g., "Second Language Reading and Writing")
Sem Second Lang Learn (EALC/FR/GER/ITAL/LING/PORT/SLS 588 -- some sections)
And other courses as approved by the SLATE Director and Executive Committee
Research Methods
1. Select one of the following:4
Design and Methodology in Linguistic Research
Educational Statistics (And one course from 2.)
2. An advanced course in quantitative or qualitative research (selected in consultation with student's advisor) that is related to the student's research topic including (but not limited to) courses on the following list:4
Design and Methodology in Linguistic Research
Advanced Seminar in Educational Psychology ( Section AE: "Theoretical and Methodological Issues in SLA Research")
Qualitative Inquiry Methods
Multivar Anlys in Psych and Ed
Statistical Inference in Education
Advanced Statistical Methods
Sem Second Lang Learn (EALC/FR/GER/ITAL/LING/PORT/SLS 588 -- some sections)
Survey Research Methods
For courses below, only some sections satisfy SLATE requirements. A list of the specific sections that will count toward satisfying SLATE course requirements will be posted at: www.slate.illinois.edu/students/courses/.
Curriculum Research (some sections)
Seminar in Second Lang Studies (some sections, e.g., "Language Assessment and Data Handling")
And other courses as approved by the Director and the SLATE Executive Committee
Language Requirement
In order to earn a SLATE concentration, students must demonstrate competence in a second language. For native English speakers, a "second language" can be the second language of research/teaching, or, for those concentrating on ESL as the subject of research and teaching, any second language. For non-native speakers, the proficiency in English that is required for admission is considered more than adequate to fulfill this requirement. This requirement is designed to ensure the full appreciation and understanding of what it means to experience the learning of a second language. Second language competence is assessed in a variety of ways, to be determined by the student's advisor.0
Total Hours28

Other Requirements (may overlap)

A student may request that another course they have taken be substituted for one that is on any list.
Courses applying toward fulfillment of the SLATE course requirements must be taken for a minimum of 3 graduate credit hours.
At least 5 of the required courses must be taken in residence at UIUC. Students are advised to contact the SLATE Director with any request to have courses taken elsewhere accepted as equivalents for any of the UIUC courses on the list.
Of the courses required for the SLATE concentration, at least four (4) must be at the 500-level.
A single course may count toward only one requirement. For instance, LING 550: Sociolinguistics II could fulfill either the Psycholinguistics/Sociolinguistics requirement OR be counted as one of the courses toward the Linguistics/Language Structure requirement, but not both.
In addition to the graduate concentration requirements, students must also complete the requirements of their major degree.
In order to earn a SLATE concentration, the student's dissertation topic must be related to one or more aspects of second language studies. The SLATE Executive Committee verifies that the content qualifies.