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Second Language Studies Certificate

Overview:

The purpose of the Graduate certificate program in Second Language Studies (SLS) is to enhance the preparation and professionalization of graduate students in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC), the Department of Linguistics, and other departments affiliated with SLLC.  The certificate provides an opportunity at KU for graduate students of foreign language, literature, and culture and theoretical linguistics to add a concentration in applied linguistics and language teaching. 

Certificate Requirements:

The certificate is awarded to M.A. or Ph.D. students who successfully complete 4 graduate-level courses across disciplines (12 credits total) as outlined below:

  1. LING 700 Introduction to Linguistics or equivalent offered in each participating department.
  2. LING 715 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  3. LA&S 720 Introduction to Language Teaching Research
  4. Elective course in Second Language Studies. This may be fulfilled by a Teaching Methods course required of GTAs teaching in the SLLC (FREN 704, SLAV 824, SPAN 801) or by other approved related courses, including those offered by the School of Education.

A student who has prior coursework deemed equivalent to any of the required courses may replace the required course with an approved elective. 

Admissions:

Current KU Students

A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program.  A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission.  The application process entails completing the online application, payment of the $30 application fee, and submitting materials required for the Second Language Studies (SLS) Certificate:

  • A C.V. or Resume.
  • A personal statement declaring your interest in Second Language Studies and its relationship to your graduate course of study and/or career objectives.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from your graduate degree program.
  • A KU Advising report in lieu of an official transcript.

Non-KU students or KU Alumni 

Non-KU students or KU Alumni must have a previously completed advanced degree in an applicable field with a graduate GPA of 3.0 of higher.  The application process entails completing the online application, submitting materials required for the Second Language Studies (SLS) Certificate:

  • A C.V. or Resume.
  • A personal statement declaring your interest in Second Language Studies and its relationship to your graduate course of study and/or career objectives.
  • 2 letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work or potential for graduate study.
  • Official transcripts from any institutions where coursework related to study in your second language was completed.

Send official sealed transcripts to:

Graduate Admissions
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Strong Hall, Room 313
Lawrence, KS  66045

-OR-
gapc@ku.edu

Contact:

Cari Ann Kreienhop, Graduate Academic Advisor

ckreienhop@ku.edu

 

Prof. Nina Vyatkina, Assoc. Professor of German and Applied Linguistics
Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

vyatkina@ku.edu


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The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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