Students can choose to specialize in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in the program in TESL/applied linguistics. This specialization includes three courses on the use of technology in teaching and in English language teaching. In addition, students specializing in CALL conduct thesis research investigating the use of CALL. Some past thesis topics have investigated the use of oral language in Internet chat rooms for language learning, the relationship of concordancing to task motivation, and the use of different form of computer-mediated communication for language learning tasks.
Students in the MA program in TESL/applied linguistics take classes in and are welcome to develop their technology skills in the applied linguistics computer lab. In addition, students who are teaching ESL on campus can hold their ESL classes in one of the 11 computer labs hosted by the Department of English.
The MA program is intended to give students a solid foundation in TESL/applied linguistics while providing opportunities to learn how to use technology in teaching and research on teaching and learning.
Teaching assistantships and financial aid are available on a competitive basis.