Iowa State University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English


PhD Program in Applied Linguistics & Technology



Our doctoral program in Applied Linguistics & Technology aims to meet the growing need for professionals in areas of applied linguistics that intersect with computer technology.

Why Study AL&T at ISU?

  • Join an expanding area of research and practice at the interface of language and technology, including corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, and computer-assisted language assessment.
  • Enter a growing profession with job opportunities in academics and business. Study with internationally known faculty who will mentor you as you develop professional expertise in your areas of interest.
  • Develop your expertise in technology for English language analysis, learning, and assessment.
  • Acquire practical teaching and research experience in a technology-rich environment where you can learn and experiment.
  • Take advantage of technology-related assistantship opportunities, including teaching ESL, teaching first-year composition, and assisting professors in research.
  • Be part of a diverse, stimulating English Department which includes a doctoral program in Rhetoric and Professional Communication and other areas of English, including an MA program in TESL/Applied Linguistics.
  • Take your place in the history of ALT at ISU by helping to shape its future.
Before you apply for admission to the program read the detailed information starting on page 74 of the English Department Graduate Program of Study Manual.

Program Goals and Methods of Evaluation
Program Goals

Graduates of the doctoral program in Applied Linguistics & Technology, should be able to

  • synthesize fundamental issues and concepts in applied linguistics
  • use computer technology for constructing and implementing materials for teaching and assessing English
  • conduct empirical research and engage in critical analysis to evaluate computer applications for English language teaching and assessment
  • engage in innovative teaching and assessments through the use of technology
  • evaluate multiple perspectives on the spread of technology and its roles throughout the world, particularly as they relate to English language teaching

Evaluation Methods

Measures for evaluating students' success in meeting program goals include evidence of their

  • reformulation of knowledge from coursework in applied linguistics to course projects, portfolio materials, and dissertation
  • development of software for course assignments and for technology in teaching
  • participation in evaluation projects in technology courses and in dissertation research
  • use of technology in teaching and in technology practicum courses
  • reasoned selection of critical perspectives toward technology in course papers and the dissertation

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ALT Curriculum

The program consists of 72 credits. The curriculum consists of coursework in the following areas: Pre-/Co-requisites (required prior to taking other classes), Technology & Language; Research Methods; Seminars, Electives; and Dissertation Research. There is also a Foreign Language Requirement. Assessment is at three points: a portfolio assessment, written and oral preliminary examinations, and a final oral examination. Before you apply for admission to the program read the detailed information starting on page 74 of the English Department Graduate Program of Study Manual.


ENGL 220 Descriptive English Grammar or similar
ENGL 511 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
ENGL 512 Second Language Acquisition
ENGL 516 Methods of Formal Linguistic Analysis
ENGL 519 Second Language Assessment

Technology & Language (12 credits)
ENGL 510 Computer Methods in Applied Linguistics
ENGL 517X Technology and Oral Language
ENGL 520 Computational Analysis of English
ENGL 537 Corpus Approaches to Grammar

Research Methods (12 credits):
ENGL 527 Discourse Analysis
ENGL 623 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Quantitative research methods (e.g., Stat 401)
Qualitative research methods (e.g., Soc 513)

Seminars in Applied Linguistics (12 Credits)

Topics include English Lexis,

Additional seminar credits can be taken as electives

Dissertation (18 credits)

Foreign Language Requirement

Electives (18 credits) chosen from:
Linguistic Analysis:
ENGL 514 Sociolinguistics
ENGL 515 Statistical Natural Language Processing
ENGL 630 Lexis Seminar
ENGL 630 Computational Linguistics Seminar
ENGL 630 Corpus Linguistics Seminar
ENGL 630 SFL Seminar
ENGL 500 Proseminar: Teaching English Composition (required if teaching composition)
ENGL 524 Literacy: Issues and Methods for Nonnative Speakers of English
ENGL 525 Methods in Teaching Listening and Speaking Skills to Nonnative Speakers of English
ENGL 526 Computer-Assisted Language Learning
ENGL 528 English for Specific Purposes
ENGL 630 Advanced CALL Seminar
ENGL 630 Advanced Pronunciation Seminar
ENGL 626 Computer Assisted Language Testing
ENGL 630 Advanced Quantitative Testing/Statistics Seminar
ENGL 630 Testing Seminar
ENGL 688 Practicum in Technology and Applied Linguistics

There are many options for combining electives in the PhD; relevant electives can also be from other disciplines including anthropology, computer science, education, English, psychology, rhetoric, statistics, and world languages.

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Information for Applicants

Ph.D. applicants must have completed a Master's degree prior to their first semester in the program.
Minimum TOEFL scores for Ph.D. applicants: 111 (IBT)/ 640 (PBT)

Application Deadline: January 5 (fall entry only). Before you apply for admission to the program read the detailed information starting on page 74 of the English Department Graduate Program of Study Manual.

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