MA in Applied Linguistics
15 cu course work plus thesis
Applications are invited from September to February 1 for September 1 program start. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships from their home countries; a number of small scholarships are available from the Department as well, the scholarship are assigned after acceptance in the program. A research proposal (a detailed outline of your proposed MA thesis project) has to be submitted to the program chair Jesse Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org) as the first stage of application. If your proposal is accepted, you can proceed to the online application. Notice that you have to satisfy the general admissions requirements (grade average, prerequisite and English requirements).
MA in Applied Linguistics is a two-year program requiring a completion of 5 courses (over 2 years) related to different branches of Applied Linguistics as well as a completion and defence of an MA thesis based on an original study in the area of Applied Linguistics.
Graduate students pursue original research on national and minority languages and linguocultures of Saskatchewan and Canada, as well as the research on languages and language teaching throughout the world.
In particular, we are interested in research projects related to sociolinguistics, language maintenance in Canada and abroad, heritage languages of Canada, morphology, syntax, phonetics, TESOL, second/foreign/native language acquisition, and other areas listed below. Students can also make inquiries about other possible areas of language-related studies.
Areas of research projects for MA thesis may include:
- general and applied linguistics
- heritage and minority language maintenance in Canada and abroad
- language teaching and language acquisition
- second/additional/foreign/child language acquisition
- language contact
- mixed languages
- language and culture interactions
- discourse analysis and pragmatics
- empirical linguistics
- corpus linguistics
- language documentation
- computational linguistics
- English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Doukhobor Russian, Quichua, Media Lengua
Examples of recent topics chosen by students include extracurricular activities in university language classes, language attitudes of Ukrainian speakers in Saskatchewan, maintenance of Mandarin Chinese and Russian in the families of immigrants in Saskatchewan, Doukhobor language and culture, language attitudes and ethnic identity of Iranian immigrants in Saskatchewan, non-verbal communication in aquatic environments, discourse analysis of texts describing depression, language requirements of international students in Saskatchewan, euphemisms in medical communication, and non-verbal communication tools in ESL classrooms.
See further details and admission requirements at http://grad.usask.ca/programs/linguistics.php.
MA TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
30 cu of coursework
Applications are invited from September to May 1 for September 1 program start.
MA TESOL is a two-year program requiring a completion of 10 courses (over 2 years) related to ESL and language acquisition. Program highlights:
- Innovative programming including traditional approaches (language skills, assessment, curricula and language acquisition), recent advances in the area (sociolinguistics, identity and cultural aspects of ESL), and an optional teaching practicum for students who may need to take it for certification;
- Combining the ESL approaches from Applied Linguistics and Education perspectives;
- A course on the use of technology in ESL classrooms;
- Small interactive classes taught by experienced friendly instructors;
- Flexibility, students can pursue their individual interests in 3 electives courses;
- Individual advising to students on their programs.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships from their home countries; a number of small scholarships are available from the Department as well, the scholarship are assigned after acceptance in the program. Students satisfying the general admissions requirements (grade average, prerequisite and English requirements) will be accepted.
See further details and admission requirements at http://grad.usask.ca/programs/teaching-english.php.
Jesse Stewart, PhD
Graduate Administrative Assistant