Second Language Teaching (Interdepartmental Concentration)

Concentration Requirements

Mailing Address:
Department of English (MC 162)
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7120
Campus Location: 424 UH
Telephone: (312) 413 2506
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The Interdepartmental Concentration in Second Language Teaching is intended for those graduate students whose primary research and teaching interests lie in literary, cultural, and linguistic studies in English, Spanish, French, German, and other languages. The concentration provides them with advanced education in the processes of language learning and approaches to language teaching, including the teaching of composition.

The concentration is an option in addition to the candidate’s regular course of study and is not intended as a replacement for requirements in individual degree programs. It consists of four courses that are chosen from particular areas of study useful to the development of the candidate’s knowledge and skill in language teaching. These areas are as follows: Introduction to Language Teaching, Foundations in Second Language Acquisition, and Specific or Special Topics in Language Teaching.

Students in the following graduate programs may be eligible to participate in the Interdepartmental Concentration in Second Language Teaching:

Graduate Programa






Germanic Studies


Hispanic Studies


a This concentration is not intended for those specializing in either second language acquisition or second language teaching at the master’s level or doctoral level (e.g. MATESL students, students in Applied Linguistics; PhD students in Hispanic Linguistics with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition).

Concentration Requirements

Candidates interested in the Interdepartmental Concentration in Second Language Teaching must take a total of four courses to be distributed in the following way:

  • One course from Category A: Introduction to Language Teaching
    • SPAN/FR 502—Theoretical and Research Foundations of Communicative Language Teaching
    • GER 407—Theoretical and Research Foundations of Communicative Language Teaching
    • LING 483—Methodology of TESOL
  • One course from Category B: Foundations in Second Language Acquisition
    • LING/SPAN 556—Second Language Learning
    • SPAN 557—Theories in Second Language Acquisition
  • One course from Category C: Special or Specific Topics in Language Learning and Teaching
    • LING 583—Materials and Curriculum Development in TESOL
    • LING 586—Classroom Testing
    • LING 559—Seminar in Linguistics
    • GER 531—Seminar in Special Topicsa
    • GER 572—The Role of Reading in Second Language Acquisition
    • SPAN 507—Seminar in Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualisma
  • One additional course from either Category B or C
  • At least three courses must be taken in residence at UIC. The concentration is awarded upon completion of an approved graduate program.

a Students may select these courses when the course content is focused on one of the categories for the concentration.