Second Language Education Specialization

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Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL)

The Master of Education in Second Language Education (SLE) specialization addresses research, language learning, and pedagogical issues in teaching English as a second language and teaching English as a foreign language, in pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 through adult teaching contexts. The MEd in SLE also offers students the opportunity to explore the theoretical foundations of curriculum in education in a cohort of approximately 30 graduate students. Our students have taught in a wide variety of international, national, and local contexts, and the MEd in SLE program is designed to provide challenging and stimulating frames of reference for SLE practice.

 With the support of a program advisor (faculty member), graduate students in SLE will plan and complete a program of coursework in SLE, research methodologies, and curriculum, capped by a thesis or comprehensive examination option. The thesis or comprehensive option is intended to address the unique goals and interests of each graduate student.

Students can complete a specialization in one of two ways. These include:

Thesis-Based Route
Course-Based Route

Thesis-Based Route

18 credit hours plus thesis

Courses prepare the student to design and implement a research project that leads to the thesis. For the thesis, students will select a research question, gather and interpret data, present the investigation and its results as a written document with the program advisor’s support. An oral defense of the thesis culminates the program.

Coursework and Thesis

  • Core Courses (9 credit hours)

    EDUB 7210 Seminar in ESL Theory and Practice (3)
    EDUB 7220 Research Issues and Application in TESL (3)
    EDUB 7580 Theory and Research in Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • Research Courses (6 credit hours)

    EDUA 5800 Introduction to Educational Research (3) plus 3 credit hours of research methodology at the 7000 level in Education or 3000 level or above in other faculties
  • Concentration (3 credit hours)

    The thesis is the focus of concentration. Students will select an additional 3 credit hours at the 7000 level, related to their research and approved by the Advisor, e.g.
    EDUB 7550 Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum (3)
    EDUB 7416 Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education (3)
    EDUB 7420 Study of Teaching (3)
    EDUB 7212 Critical Applied Linguistics in a Global Context (3)
    EDUB 7270 Culture, Citizenship and Curriculum (3)
    EDUA 7270 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Education 1 (3)
    EDUA 7280 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Education 2 (3)
    EDUA 7420 Program Planning in Adult Education (3)
    or other courses approved by the faculty advisor and department head
  • Thesis
  • Course Level Restrictions

    12 credit hours must be at the 7000 level; the remaining 6 credit hours may be at the 5000 level or above in the Faculty of Education and/or at the 3000 level or above in other faculties.

Course-Based Route

30 credit hours plus comprehensive option

The student and program advisor select courses that lead to mastery within Second Language Education and the concentration. As the course component is completed, the student, with the program advisor’s support, prepares a document that demonstrates comprehensive mastery. The document can be a final examination or a project, which may culminate with a public presentation of the document.

Coursework and Comprehensive Option

  • Core Courses (9 credit hours)

    EDUB 7210 Seminar in ESL Theory & Practice (3)
    EDUB 7220 Research Issues and Application in TESL (3)
    EDUB 7580 Theory and Research in Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • Research Courses (3 credit hours)

    EDUA 5800 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
  •  Concentration (18 credit hours)

    18 credit hours, with a minimum of 9 credit hours at the 7000 level, from a pre-selected list of courses, e.g.
    EDUB 7212 Critical Applied Linguistics in a Global Context (3)
    EDUB 7416 Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education (3)
    EDUB 7540 Final Seminar in Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (3)
    EDUB 7550 Historical & Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum (3)
    EDUB 7560 Theory & Practice of Curriculum Design & Development (3)
    EDUB 7330 Inquiry in Curriculum & Instruction (3)
    EDUB 7420 Study of Teaching (3)
    EDUA 7270 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Education 1 (3)
    EDUA 7280 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Education 2 (3)
    EDUA 7420 Education Program Planning in Adult Education (3)
    EDUB 7070 Classical Research in Reading (3)
    EDUB 7180 Research in Written Composition (3)
    EDUB 5520 Grammar in ESL Learning & Instruction (3)
    EDUB 5530 ESL & Content Instruction (3)
    EDUB 5540 ESL Vocabulary & Pronunciation Instruction (3)
    EDUB 5510 ESL Materials Development & Practicum (3)
    EDUB 5580 Fundamentals of ESL Instruction (3)
    or other courses approved by the faculty advisor and department head
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Course Level Restrictions
    18 credit hours must be at the 7000 level; the remaining 12 credit hours may be at the 5000 level or above in the Faculty of Education and/or at the 3000 level or above in other faculties.

 

 

Admission Deadlines and Document Requirements:

First things first: Below is a complete list of documents for application to the Second Language Education specialization (CTL).

Education Graduate Program Advisors (Faculty Members)

Sandra Kouritzin
Second Language Education & Studies in CTL
Research Interests: Immigrant & Aboriginal Language Loss; Multi-lingual Development; Economics of Bilingualism; Literacy Studies & Language Education; "Best Practices" in T.E.S.L.; Life History Narrative; Feminist & PostStructural Research Approaches; English & Other Imperialist Languages; Issues in Second Language Education; Heritage Language Retention
Contact:
(204) 474-9079
Sandra.Kouritzin@umanitoba.ca


Yi Li
Second Language Education & Studies in CTL
Research Interests: Teaching English as an Additional Language; Teacher Education and Development; International Education; Narrative Inquiry; The Role of Hope in the Experiences of Newcomers to Canada
Contact:
(204) 474-8299
Yi.Li@umanitoba.ca


Clea Schmidt
Second Language Education  & Studies in CTL
Research Interests: Cultural & Linguistic Diversity; Critical Ethnography; Intercultural Approaches to Language; E.S.L. Teacher Development; Non-native English Speakers in T.E.S.L.; Critical Teacher Education Policies and Practices
Contact:
(204) 474-9314
Clea.Schmidt@umanitoba.ca