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Second Languages, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #801 (ARWU) Little Rock, AR, United States
The Master of Arts in Second Languages (MASL) is a 33 semester hour program designed to provide academic preparation for individuals interested in English as a second language (ESL) and foreign languages in various settings across the state, the nation, and in international venues.
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Overview

This program offers students the opportunity to acquire advanced language foundations in order to work with limited English proficient (LEP) speakers, and French, German, Spanish, and less commonly taught language students from pre-K to 16+ grade levels.

The MASL degree also provides well-qualified professionals to meet the need for second language professionals in the public schools. The degree, however, does not provide teacher licensure. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has listed foreign languages as one of the critical shortage areas in the past several years. Additionally, foreign language graduates may pursue employment in two-year colleges across the country.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods of Teaching Second Languages
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching People of Other Cultures
  • Second Language Assessment
  • Teaching Listening and Speaking
  • Teaching Reading and Writing
  • Second Language Practicum
  • Research in Second Languages

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    71

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    525

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from those familiar with the applicant’s academic experience or relevant work experience. These letters should be sent directly to the program coordinator.
  • A writing sample from previous course work or professional writing samples approved by the program coordinator. The writing sample(s) should be sent directly to the program coordinator.
  • A professional statement (300-500 words) in which you state your reasons, goals, and preparation with regard to our graduate program. The professional statement should be sent directly to the program coordinator.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    320 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 320 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Little Rock

  • 875 - 1320 USD/month
    Living Costs

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