Guide to the M.A. in Applied Linguistics

General Description of the Program

Second language learning and teaching are two of the major areas within Applied Linguistics that we specialize in here at Texas Tech. Our dedicated faculty conduct research on second language teaching and learning in many areas, including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammatical forms, reading, and writing. We do research on effective instruction for second languages, discourse and interaction in the second language classroom, and the processes of second language learning. Graduate students have opportunities to join with faculty in special research projects during their studies. We currently offer an M.A. in Applied Linguistics as well as a Certificate in Teaching English as an International Language. Our graduates go on to advanced graduate programs in applied linguistics, foreign language, psychology, education, and media communications; and also become language teachers in high schools and colleges; language program directors; and language teacher trainers not only in the U.S. but in many other countries.

The Graduate Advisor

Dr. Greta Gorsuch
Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures
Texas Tech University
PO Box 42071
Lubbock, TX 79409-2071

The Applied Linguistics Faculty

Core Faculty

  • Stefanie Borst, Associate Professor of German and Applied Linguistics/Second Language Studies (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin). Second Language Reading, Technology in Language Teaching, Language for Business Purposes
  • Idoia Elola, Associate Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics/Second Language Studies (Ph.D., University of Iowa). Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Writing
  • Andrew Farley, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics/Second Language Studies (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Second Language Processing and Production, Lexical Representation and Access
  • Greta Gorsuch, Professor of Applied Linguistics/Second Language Studies. (Ed.D., Temple University Japan). Foreign Language Reading Fluency, Second Language Testing, Second Language Curriculum, Second Language Materials Design, Discourse Intonation, ITA and TA (teaching assistant) Development, Concept Development of Graduate Students, Application of Cognitive Learning Theories to Applied Linguistics Research and Practice
  • Dale Griffee, Instructor of Applied Linguistics/Second Language Studies (Ed.D., Temple University Japan). Evaluation and Research Design
  • Kimi Nakatsukasa, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics/Second Language Studies. (Ph.D., Michigan State University). Second/Foreign Language Classroom Interaction, Corrective Feedback, Gestures, Task-Based Language Learning, Individual Differences.
  • Joseph Price, Assistant Professor of French and Applied Linguistics/Second Language Studies ( Ph.D., Indiana University). Sociolinguistics, Languages in Contact, Bilingualism, Second Language Instruction

Affiliate Faculty

  • Zenaida Aguirre, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education, University of California at Los Angeles). Assessment and instruction and impact on concept development of linguistically and culturally diverse students.
  • Aaron Braver, Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics (Ph.D., Rutgers University). Phonetics, phonology, laboratory phonology.
  • Fanni Liu Coward, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin). Teacher Identity Development, Diversity in Learners and Teachers, Classroom Assessment, and Instructional Theory and Design.
  • James Dembowski, Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Science (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin – Madison). Acoustic Phonetics, Articulatory Phonetics, Speech Physiology, Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders.
  • Mary Jane Hurst, Professor of English and Linguistics (Ph.D., University of Maryland). Language and Gender, Sociolinguistics.
  • Min-Joo Kim, Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts). Semantics and Syntax (and their interface), Language Acquisition.
  • Roman Taraban, Professor of Psychology (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon). Language Learning, Category Induction, Connectionist Modeling, Reading Comprehension.
  • Jeffrey P. Williams, Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin). Sociolinguistics, Ethnolinguistics.

Admission

For international students:

  • January 15 for the following summer and fall semesters
  • June 15 for the following spring semester

For U.S. students or students with green cards:

  • Three months before the beginning of the semester in which the candidate hopes to matriculate.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fee costs can be found on the Graduate School website.

Financial Support

Information on CMLL Graduate Student Financial Support can be found here.

Requirements for Entrance

Applicants must meet all Graduate School requirements for admission and must demonstrate knowledge of a language other than English. Prospective applicants whose native language is other than English must provide the Graduate School official proof of English proficiency. For more information please click here.

Application Procedures

For general information on applying to the CMLL Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics, please click here.

In addition to above, please submit the following:

  1. Three letters of recommendation from professors with whom you have taken courses.
  2. A short narrative (500 words or less) indicating why you are interested in Applied Linguistics, what your future plans are, and why you are interested in TTU.
  3. A sample of an academic paper or essay you have written in English for a course.

Send the required documents for CMLL via e-mail or the postal service to:

Domestic applications:
Liz Hildebrand, Domestic Graduate Applications
Texas Tech University
Box 42071
Lubbock, TX 79409-2071
Fax: 806.742.3306
Email: liz.hildebrand@ttu.edu

International applications:
Carla Burrus, International Graduate Applications
Texas Tech University
Box 42071
Lubbock, TX 79409-2071
Fax: 806.742.3306
Email: carla.burrus@ttu.edu