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Master of Arts
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 Center for Asian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Institute of Latin American Studies provide opportunities for advanced instruction and research in a variety of areas.
Students have access to extensive facilities in the Perry-Castaneda Library as well as specialized libraries, including the Textbook and Curriculum Collection. The University is a repository for Public Law 480 foreign language materials.
Other research facilities include language laboratories, the Phonetics Laboratory, Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services, the Linguistics Research Center, the Computer-Assisted Instruction Laboratory, the Intensive English Program, and the Learning Technology Center Media Laboratory.
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, African, and Native American languages. At the master's degree level, the specialization in applied linguistics includes translation studies. Each student's degree program includes courses from relevant disciplines such as anthropology, education, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, speech, communication, 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.
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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Mailing address: Graduate Program in Foreign Language Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1295