Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2020-18
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: October 7, 2019
Date of Second Reading: November 4, 2019
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – School of International Letters and Cultures – for the establishment of a graduate degree – MA Language Teaching
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The program will prepare both current and aspiring language teachers with the tools to effectively teach languages in the secondary schools and higher education. This new degree helps ASU meet the local, regional, and national need to provide professional development to practicing language teachers in K12, community colleges, or at the university level.
Teachers in Arizona who are interested in continuing their professional development in both language pedagogy and language proficiency can pursue this degree. Teachers will receive training in teaching methodologies, second language acquisition, heritage language pedagogy, computer-assisted language teaching, applied linguistics, and the teaching of literature and culture. In addition, this program may also interest other individuals who wish to become highly-proficiency bilinguals to work in business, government, or public administration. These individuals will receive advanced training in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the language of their focus area.