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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Education

Foreign Language Education

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Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

Students in foreign language education have access to research facilities in a large number of academic departments in the liberal arts, communication, and education. The Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies provide opportunities for advanced instruction and research in a variety of areas.

Students have access to extensive print and online resources in the Perry-Castaneda Library and in specialized libraries. In addition to textbooks and pedagogical material, the collection includes titles in most classical and modern languages, translations of many important works, and secondary literature on the works and their social and literary contexts.

Other research sites include language laboratories, the Phonetics Laboratory, the Linguistics Research Center, ESL Services, and the Learning Technology Center Media Laboratory.

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Areas of Study

The foreign language education program offers specializations leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in applied linguistics, teaching English as a foreign or a second language, and the teaching of modern and classical foreign languages, including Asian languages. At the master's degree level, the specialization in applied linguistics is limited to translation studies. Each student's degree program includes courses from relevant disciplines such as anthropology, education, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, communication studies, theatre, music, and comparative literature, as well as language and literature. It may be concerned with foreign language teacher training, research in language teaching and language acquisition, technology in language teaching, and theory and techniques of language materials production. Individual courses of study are arranged within these areas in accordance with the student's abilities, interests, and career goals.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Peter F. Abboud
Zsuzsanna I. Abrams
Aaron Bar-Adon
Carl S. Blyth
Hans C. Boas
Hua-Hua Chang
Frank E. Donahue
Colleen M. Fairbanks
Thomas J. Garza
Mohammad Ghanoonparvar
Lisa J. Green
Ian F. Hancock
Jacqueline M. Henkel
Frederick G. Hensey
Michael C. Hillmann
Elaine K. Horwitz
Orlando Rene Kelm
Sara E. Kimball
Robert D. King
Dale April Koike
Liu, Min
Carol Hanbery MacKay
Mohammad A. Mohammad
Zena T. Moore
Thomas J. O'Hare
Diane L. Schallert
David Schwarzer
Joel Sherzer
Carlos A. Sole
Juergen K. Streeck
Harvey M. Sussman
Marilla D. Svinicki
Janet Swaffar
Gary N. Underwood
Anita L. Vangelisti
Herman H. van Olphen
Sofia Villenas
Keith Walters
John M. Weinstock
Frank W. Wicker
Helena Woodard
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Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

The program leading to the Master of Arts degree may consist of either thirty semester hours of coursework, including a six-hour thesis course, or thirty-three semester hours of coursework, including a three-hour course in which the student must produce a substantial report. Theses and reports are written under the guidance of a supervising professor and a reader. Further information is available from the graduate adviser.

Doctor of Philosophy

The student is expected to achieve admission to candidacy by following the course requirements that have been set by the Graduate Studies Committee in foreign language education and passing such oral and written examinations as the committee specifies. Entering students are assigned to program advisers who assist in planning the program of work and the dissertation topic. Most students require three years, including summer sessions, beyond the bachelor's degree to complete the program; a significant proportion, however, require a longer period of time. Further information is available from the graduate adviser.

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For More Information

Campus address: George I. Sanchez Building (SZB) 528, phone (512) 471-4078; campus mail code: D6500

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program in Foreign Language Education, 1 University Station D6500, Austin TX 78712


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