The Program in Second Language Studies focuses on the broad field of applied linguistics, uniting research, teaching, and service in addressing the second language learning needs of adult learners in the university and the wider community.
Students and faculty study second language acquisition and discourse analysis, the structure of the English language, language assessment, and pedagogical theory and methodology for teaching English as a second language. Together, they teach English as a second language and provide teacher education opportunities in a variety of programs at the university. Faculty, students, and graduates serve the needs of the wider community, carrying out research projects, providing teacher education, and teaching ESL to adults in community programs in the Metro area.
Beginning in 2013-14, graduate and undergraduate programs in second language studies will be located in the College of Education and Human Development (Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction). The left-hand column of this page has links to both programs. For information about the new MA in ESL for higher education, click on 'Graduate.' For information about the undergraduate minor in ESL, click on 'Undergraduate'.
Through 2013-14, Elaine Tarone will continue as acting director of graduate studies for the MA ESL program in the College of Liberal Arts.