Language Teaching, MA

Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The Master of Arts in language teaching program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is the only graduate program in the region that provides practicing and future teachers of Spanish, French, German, and English as a second or other language with a rigorous, practically oriented education founded on scholarship specifically in the pedagogy of language teaching. Students expand not only their familiarity with the latest research on applied linguistics and effective instructional techniques but also the literature and culture of their language of focus. The program strives to strengthen language education in the region by equipping its students with the knowledge and skills to apply best pedagogical practices in world language and TESOL classrooms and by connecting area teachers via its annual colloquium on language teaching.

Program Contact Information

Claudia Garcia, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
301 Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 
402.554.4837
csgarcia@unomaha.edu

Program Website

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Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 15

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English.  Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a pre-determined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.

    • A minimum TOEFL score of 600 paper-based, 100 internet-based, 8 IELTS, or 68 PTE is required for this program.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample
    • For students pursuing a concentration in French, German, or Spanish, a written target-language sample of five to seven pages in length. Students may submit a paper prepared for an undergraduate language class, or compose a new paper on any topic.
    • For students pursuing a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a five- to seven-page writing sample in English. Students may submit a paper prepared for an undergraduate English class, or compose a new paper on any topic.
  • Applicant must have taken ENGL 3610 or an equivalent course. Those who do not meet this requirement may be admitted provisionally.
  • Applicant must schedule an oral target language interview with a MALT faculty member.  This includes an interview in English for non-native speakers who apply to the TESOL concentration. 

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
FLNG 8960SEMINAR:SPECIAL TOPICS3
FLNG 8020SEMINAR:FL/TESOL RESEARCH3
or ENGL 8030 FIELD-BASED RESEARCH METHODS IN ENGLISH STUDIES
FLNG 8030SEMINAR: SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION THEORY3
FLNG 8040SEMINAR: ASSESSMENT & CURRICULUM DESIGN3
Select one of the following:3
TED 9200CRITICAL PEDAGOGY: TEACHING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE3
or TED 8180 CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING
or TED 8130 LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND POWER
or TED 8300 EFFECTIVE TEACHING PRACTICES
or TED 8540 DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
or TED 8006 SPECIAL METHODS IN THE CONTENT AREA
Concentration
Student must select an area of concentration. See Language Teaching, MA Concentrations18
Total Credits36

Exit Requirements

The final requirements of the degree for all four concentrations are as follows:

  1. Successful completion of a written and oral comprehensive examination in which linguistic and pedagogical knowledge is applied to the student's target language area.  The exam is administered in the student's final semester in the program.
  2. Approval of student's Portfolio at the end of the second to the last semester in the Program (i.e. the semester before the student is scheduled to take the comprehensive examination).  The Portfolio should include one paper or project from each of the three areas of instruction (language, second language acquisition theory & theory, and pedagogy), as well as an Introduction and Conclusion.  Its purpose is to help students both gain a cohesive view of the program and review for the comprehensive exam.
  3. Successful poster presentation at the Annual MALT Colloquium on Language Teaching. 

Concentrations

French Concentration

French Concentration Requirements
FREN 8226THE STRUCTURE OF FRENCH3
FREN 8440SEMINAR: FRENCH COMPOSITION3
Electives
These courses are approved in consultation with the Graduate advisor during the advising process (9 hours in target language).12
Total Credits18

German Concentration

German Concentration Requirements
GERM 8226THE STRUCTURE OF GERMAN3
GERM 8440SEMINAR:GERMAN COMPOSITION3
Electives
These courses are approved in consultation with the Graduate advisor during the advising process (9 hours in target language).12
Total Credits18

Spanish Concentration

Spanish Concentration Requirements
SPAN 8226THE STRUCTURE OF SPANISH3
SPAN 8440SEMINAR:SPANISH COMPOSITION3
Electives
These course are approved in consultation with the Graduate advisor during the advising process (9 hours in target language).12
Total Credits18

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Concentration (TESOL)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
ENGL 8656STRUCTURE OF ENGLISH3
ENGL 8740SEMINAR: DISCOURSE, CULTURE, AND POWER3
ENGL 8780PEDAGOGIC FIELD EXPERIENCE IN TESOL3
Writing Seminar3
Literature Seminar3
Electives
These courses are approved in consultation with the Graduate advisor during the advising process (6 hours in target language).3
Total Credits18

French

FREN 8036  ADVANCED FRENCH CONVERSATION (3 credits)

Oral practice employing complex and sophisticated conversational structures in formal speeches and discussions of readings. (Cross-listed with FREN 4030).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8046  ADVANCED FRENCH COMPOSITION AND STYLISTICS (3 credits)

Advanced grammatical principles, composition, and sylistics. (Cross-listed with FREN 4040).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3040 or departmental permission, and English 1160. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8056  SEMINAR IN THE CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION OF QUEBEC (3-6 credits)

Resident study in Quebec City, Quebec, with emphasis on total immersion in the language, homestays, intensive classroom instruction and cultural activities. Summer, 5-week term, 5 hours daily. (Cross-listed with FREN 4050).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 2120 or departmental permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8156  CONTEMPORARY FRENCH NOVEL (3 credits)

Selected contemporary French novels are analyzed and discussed. (Cross-listed with FREN 4150).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3150 and FREN 3160, or departmental permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8176  CONTEMPORARY FRENCH THEATER (3 credits)

Selected contemporary French plays are analyzed and discussed.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3150 and FREN 3160, or departmental permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8226  THE STRUCTURE OF FRENCH (3 credits)

A survey of the linguistic structure of modern French, including phonology, morphology, and syntax. (Cross-listed with FREN 4220).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3040 and FREN 4610. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8440  SEMINAR: FRENCH COMPOSITION (3 credits)

This course provides opportunities for students to refine their composition skills in French through extensive writing workshops and peer editing. Computer applications to composition will be employed.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the Graduate College.

FREN 8866  MODERN FRENCH WOMEN AUTHORS (3 credits)

A comparative treatment of works by women in contemporary and recent French literature; the "feminine" perspective on society, politics and human values as expressed in those works. (Cross-listed with FREN 4860).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3150 or FREN 3160, or departmental permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8900  FRENCH INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Specifically planned projects and readings in a well-defined field of French literature or linguistics carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign languages faculty holding graduate faculty status.

FREN 8906  INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Specially planned readings in a well-defined field of literature, carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign language faculty. Designed primarily for the student who has need of work not currently available in the departmental offerings and who has demonstrated capability of working independently. May be repeated for credit once. (Cross-listed with FREN 4900).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of the instructor, junior or senior standing, and no incompletes outstanding. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8956  PRO-SEMINAR: LITERATURE AND/OR FILM (3 credits)

This course is dedicated to the study of a narrow field of the literature and/or cinema of the Francophone world. (Cross-listed with FREN 4950).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student status.

FREN 8966  PRO-SEMINAR: CULTURE AND SOCIETY (3 credits)

This course will address narrow field of study of the civilization, history, film, contemporary culture, art, politics, and or cultural studies of the Francophone world. (Cross-listed with FREN 4960).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3030, FREN 3040, and FREN 3060

FREN 8976  PRO-SEMINAR: LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE FOR THE PROFESSIONS (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of linguistics, translation/interpretation or the professional language of the Francophone world. (Cross-listed with FREN 4970).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student status.

German

GERM 8036  ADVANCED GERMAN CONVERSATION (3 credits)

Oral practice employing complex and sophisticated conversational structures in formal speeches and discussions of readings. (Cross-listed with GERM 4030).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): GERM 3030 or departmental permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students

GERM 8046  ADVANCED GERMAN COMPOSITION AND STYLISTICS (3 credits)

Advanced grammatical principles, composition and stylistics.

GERM 8226  THE STRUCTURE OF GERMAN (3 credits)

A survey of the linguistic structure of modern German, including phonology, morphology, and syntax. (Cross-listed with GERM 4220).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): GERM 3040 and GERM 4610, or permission.

GERM 8386  GERMAN CIVILIZATION FROM THE 18TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT (3 credits)

Detailed analysis of German art, architecture, literature, music and philosophy. The influence of the sciences and of technology upon modern German civilization and culture. (Cross-listed with GERM 4380).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): GERM 3370 or departmental permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

GERM 8440  SEMINAR:GERMAN COMPOSITION (3 credits)

This course will provide opportunities for students to refine their composition skills in German through extensive writing practice, writing workshops, and peer editing. Computer applications to composition will be employed.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to Graduate College.

GERM 8906  INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Specially planned readings in a well-defined field of literature, carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign language faculty. Designed primarily for the student who has need of work not currently available in the departmental offerings and who has demonstrated capability of working independently. May be repeated for credit once. (Cross-listed with GERM 4900).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of the instructor, junior or senior standing, and no incompletes outstanding.

GERM 8956  PRO-SEMINAR: LITERATURE AND/OR FILM (3 credits)

This course is dedicated to the study of a narrow field of the literature and/or cinema of the German-speaking world. (Cross-listed with GERM 4950).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student status.

GERM 8966  PRO-SEMINAR: SOCIETY AND CULTURE (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of the civilization, history, film, contemporary culture, art, politics, and/or cultural studies of the German-speaking world. (Cross-listed with GERM 4960).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): GERM 3030, GERM 3040, and GERM 3060

GERM 8976  PRO-SEMINAR: LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE FOR THE PROFESSIONS (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of linguistics, translation/interpretation or the professional language of the German-speaking world. (Cross-listed with GERM 4970).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student status.

Spanish

SPAN 8036  ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION (3 credits)

Oral practice employing complex and sophisticated conversational structures in formal speeches and discussions of readings. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4030)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3030 or departmental permission.

SPAN 8046  ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND STYLISTICS (3 credits)

Advanced grammatical principles, composition, and stylistics. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4040)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3040 or departmental permission, and ENGL 1160.

SPAN 8066  INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION (3 credits)

This course offers an introduction to the translation and interpretation field. Course objectives include (a) understanding translation theory; (b) comprehending the role of communication in translation and interpretation; (c) targeting common grammatical and pragmatic errors; (d) increasing vocabulary knowledge in a variety of fields; and (e) gaining an increased awareness of the rigor and demands innate to the translation and interpretation fields. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4060).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to MALT program or permission of instructor

SPAN 8156  LITERATURE/CULTURE: CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN 1898-2000 (3 credits)

"Literature/ Culture: Central America and the Caribbean 1898- 2000" studies major historical and socio-cultural events in Latin American history in the 20th century, through their articulation in literary texts, film, and other cultural expressions from Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4150, CACT 8156)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3030, SPAN 3040 and SPAN 3060 or permission of instructor

SPAN 8166  LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE OF THE 20TH CENTURY (3 credits)

Critical and analytical study of Spanish-American dramatists, poets, and essayists from modernism to the present. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4160)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3220 or departmental permission.

SPAN 8226  THE STRUCTURE OF SPANISH (3 credits)

A survey of the linguistic structure of Spanish. Topics include phology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4220)

SPAN 8356  LATIN AMERICAN SHORT STORY (3 credits)

Representative stories of the 19th and 20th centuries, from Romanticism to the present. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4350)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3210 and SPAN 3220 or departmental permission.

SPAN 8440  SEMINAR:SPANISH COMPOSITION (3 credits)

This course provides opportunities for students to refine their composition skills in Spanish through extensive writing workshops and peer editing. Computer applications to composition will be employed.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admisssion to the Graduate College.

SPAN 8456  INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY CRITICISM (3 credits)

An introduction to modern literary theory, from Ferdinand de Sausurre's course in general linguistics and Russian formalism, to postmodernism. Theory will be read in English and Spanish. Literature for discussion and analysis will be read in Spanish. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4450)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3030 and SPAN 3040, or permission.

SPAN 8900  SPANISH INDEPENDENT STUDY: GRADUATE ONLY (1-3 credits)

Specifically planned projects and readings in a well-defined field of literature or linguistics carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign languages faculty holding graduate faculty status.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Acceptance into the Master of Arts in Language Teaching Program (MALT). Must have completed a minimum of six graduate credit hours.

SPAN 8906  INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Specially planned readings in a well-defined field of literature, carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign language faculty. Designed primarily for the student who has need of work not currently available in the departmental offerings and who has demonstrated capability of working independently. May be repeated for credit once. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4900)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Senior status, no incompletes outstanding, and departmental permission.

SPAN 8956  PRO-SEMINAR: LITERATURE AND/OR FILM (3 credits)

This course is dedicated to the study of a narrower field of the literature and/or cinema of the Spanish-speaking world. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4950)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate standing

SPAN 8966  PRO-SEMINAR: CULTURE AND SOCIETY (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of the civilization, history, film, contemporary culture, art, politics, and/or cultural studies of the Spanish-speaking world. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4960)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3030, SPAN 3040, and SPAN 3060.

SPAN 8976  PRO-SEMINAR: LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE FOR THE PROFESSIONS (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of linguistics, translation/interpretation or the professional language of the Spanish-speaking world. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4970)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate standing.