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Second Language Teaching (Interdepartmental Concentration)

Important Note: This is the archived version of the 2012–2014 Graduate Catalog. The information on these pages was archived on August 22, 2012 and will not be updated as requirement and/or program changes are approved.

Concentration Requirements

Mailing Address:
Department of Linguistics (MC 315)
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7120
Campus Location: 1722 UH
Telephone: (312) 996-5218
Richard Cameron, Department Head,
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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:

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