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Master of Arts (M.A.); Second Language Education (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed     Degree: Master of Arts

Program Requirements

The M.A. in Second Language Education consists of a 45-credit thesis or non-thesis program. It provides an overview of the state of the art in second language acquisition, assessment and evaluation, and research methods, including quantitative and qualitative approaches. The program covers a wide range of current topics in applied linguistics and offers opportunities to specialize in educational sociolinguistics, curricular/methods and program planning areas (for example, content-based second language teaching or “immersion”), language testing, language policy and planning, and critical applied linguistics. Graduates may go on to doctoral work in applied linguistics. They may also seek employment at ministry, school board, or other sites of active research on second languages. Many graduates also continue active careers in school contexts as second language teaching practitioners, program administrators, or evaluators.

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • EDEM 609 Introduction to Educational Theory and Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Admin & Policy Studies in Ed : Critical exploration of contemporary issues in educational theory and research, in terms of current scholarship in the field, current educational contexts, and student research. Educational issues as expressions of social, political, economic, epistemological and cultural reconfigurations.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Louise Morand, Dale Boyle (Fall) Dale Boyle (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter
  • EDEM 690 Research Methods: Philosophy and Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Admin & Policy Studies in Ed : Overview of the epistemological foundations of a range of research methods, including but not limited to quantitative, philosophical, qualitative, arts-based, and mixed methods.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Anila Asghar (Fall) Bonnie Maureen Barnett, William St-Clair (Winter) Dale Boyle, David Derek Lewkowich, Mariusz Galczynski (Summer)

    • Fall, Winter
  • EDPE 575 Educational Measurement (3 credits)

    Offered by: Educational&Counselling Psych (Faculty of Education)

    Overview

    Ed Psych & Couns (Psychology) : Statistical measurements in education, graphs, charts, frequency distributions, central tendencies, dispersion, correlation, and sampling errors.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Michael L Hoover (Fall) Michael L Hoover (Winter)

    • Offered through Continuing Education and Summer Studies.
  • EDSL 623 Second Language Learning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Seminar in second language acquisition theory and research and their relevance to teaching a second language.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Mekhala Sarkar (Fall)

    • Fall

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits chosen from the following courses:

  • EDSL 617 Special Topic in Second Language Education (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : In-depth study of a current topic in Second Language Education. In conjunction with EDSL 630.)

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Carolyn E Turner (Fall)

  • EDSL 620 Critical Issues in Second Language Education (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : An examination of social identity, first language maintenance, and power relations, and their impact on the nature of second language teaching, from the perspective of critical applied linguistics. Topics range from the micro level of the individual to the macro level of language planning and policy-making.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • EDSL 624 Educational Sociolinguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Seminar in the social, cultural and political dimensions of English second language learning and teaching.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Mekhala Sarkar (Winter)

    • Fall
  • EDSL 627 Classroom-Centred Second Language Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Seminar in second language classroom-centred research focusing on instructional procedures and practices in relationship to learning outcomes.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • EDSL 629 Second Language Assessment (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Research, theory, issues and practices in second language assessment in relationship to learners, teachers, and programs.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • EDSL 630 Qualitative/Ethnographic Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : An examination of theoretical and applied issues in qualitative and ethnographic studies in second language education.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Mary H Maguire (Fall)

    • Winter
  • EDSL 632 Second Language Literacy Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Theory and research related to the teaching and learning of second language literacy. The orientation is on reading and writing as a socio-cognitive activity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • EDSL 651 Content-Based L2 Learning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Theoretical research underpinnings of learning a second language through content-based approaches and analysis of empirical studies undertaken in a wide range of immersion and other content-based L2 classrooms.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter

Elective Courses (18 credits)

18 credits of courses at the 500, 600, or 700 level, are selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Director and may include complementary courses listed above. Up to 6 of the elective credits may include the following courses:

  • CESL 690 Writing for Graduate Students (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill Writing Centre (School of Continuing Studies)

    Administered by: Centre for Continuing Education

    Overview

    CESL : Audience, purpose, organization, and style of graduate-level academic writing. Mechanics. Editing. Textual analysis. Critical thinking. Genres: problem-solution, general-specific, process description, data commentary, article summary/critique. Student work-in-progress. ESL diagnosis-correction. Multiple drafts. Extensive feedback including audio-taped commentary and individual conferences.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Richard Cooper, Robert J Myles (Fall) Richard Cooper, Robert J Myles (Winter)

    • Formerly ESLN 690.
    • Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in degree programs for whom English is a second language and who are at the thesis/dissertation writing stage, except with permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have taken ESLN 590 or ESLN 690.
    • This course cannot be counted towards course requirements of any graduate program.
  • EDEC 635 Advanced Written Communication (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Curriculum and Instruction : Rhetorical practices and principles that remain constant across disciplines: generating and organizing ideas; setting goals; planning; considering readers; editing and revising. Students will analyze and produce texts that use the formats, rhetorical strategies, styles, genres, and other conventions of their disciplines.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Doreen Starke-Meyerring (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter

An undergraduate language course (e.g. Spanish, Italian, Japanese).

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