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Linguistics and English Language Department
Brigham Young University
ONE PEAK OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE THAT IS HIGHLY RELEVANT TO THE NEEDS OF THE CHURCH IS THE REALM OF LANGUAGE. BYU SHOULD
BECOME THE ACKNOWLEDGED LANGUAGE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD IN TERMS OF OUR ACADEMIC COMPETENCY. . . . THERE IS NO REASON WHY THIS UNIVERSITY COULD NOT BECOME THE PLACE WHERE, PERHAPS MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE, THE CONCERN FOR LITERACY AND THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE IS FIRMLY HEADQUARTERED IN TERMS OF UNARGUABLE COMPETENCY AS WELL AS DEEP CONCERN.
Brigham Young University
--SPENCER W. KIMBALL, OCTOBER 10, 1975
Welcome to the graduate programs in the Linguistics and English Language Department of Brigham Young University. We welcome you as friends and colleagues joining us in the development of our professions. We want you to feel accepted and comfortable at the University and in the community. If you have any difficulties that we can help you with, please contact your advisor, chair, the graduate coordinator, or the Linguistics and English Language secretary. We are proud of our graduates. You will find them in a variety of work settings around the world. We hope that you will continually feel the stimulation that comes from new learning and experiences. We want you to succeed and will try our best to help you to do so. This graduate handbook is one of our ways of assisting you.
T ABLE OF C ONTENTS
Mission and Aims of Graduate Education…………………………..2 The Context of the University/ Purpose of the Handbook..................3 Introduction to the Faculty............4-6 Linguistic/TESOL Program Learning Outcomes………………………...7-8 Linguistics MA Degree Requirements....................................9 TESOL Graduate Certificate Requirements……………………..10
TESOL MA Degree Requirements..11 Graduate Student Evaluation............12 Graduate Advisors/Committees...12-13 Thesis and Project Report Format and Style.......……………………….......13 Important Deadlines for Graduation.14 Financial Assistance………………..15 Internships for Graduate Students….15 Travel Funding……………………..16 Graduate Student Society…………..17 Program of Study Form…………….18 Project and Thesis Comparison.........19 Thesis Expectations for TESOL and Linguistics…………………....…20-21
Graduate Office Forms……….…...21 Process for Generating a TESOL Thesis or Project…………….…22-23 Process for Generating a Linguistics Thesis Project ………………….24-25 Project Expectations for TESOL or Linguistics……………………........26 Steps to Writing a TESOL Project........................................27- 28 Examples of Possible Linguistics and TESOL MA Project.........................28 Final Oral Defense……………..29-30 Completion of Degree……………..31
Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook
MISSION AND AIMS OF GRADUATE EDUCATION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The mission of the Linguistics/TESOL graduate program is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of general and applied linguistics. Students will gain competence in contemporary theory and practice with an emphasis on the four aims of a BYU education:
Spirituality, Intellect, and Life-Long Habits of Learning and Service SPIRITUALITY: YOUR DOUBLE HERITAGE AND DUAL
CONCERNS WITH THE SECULAR AND THE SPIRITUAL REQUIRE YOU TO BE "BILINGUAL." AS LDS SCHOLARS YOU MUST SPEAK WITH AUTHORITY AND EXCELLENCE TO YOUR PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUES IN THE LANGUAGE OF SCHOLARSHIP, AND YOU MUST ALSO BE LITERATE IN THE LANGUAGE OF SPIRITUAL THINGS. WE MUST BE MORE BILINGUAL, IN THAT SENSE, TO FULFILL OUR PROMISE IN THE SECOND CENTURY OF BYU.
--SPENCER W. KIMBALL, 1975 Each department graduate faculty member will help students recognize the divine nature of the gift of language. They will encourage graduate students to seek the Spirit in their language studies and related academic experiences.
The department graduate programs will provide an environment where students can grow in integrity, kindness, maturity, purity, and responsibility. Faculty, staff, and students will honor their commitment to follow in the footsteps of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ. You will always keep solvent, be honest to the nth degree and always full of integrity, not because you are required to do so, to keep your position, but because you believe fully that God gives no commandments which are not for our own good. --Spencer W. Kimball, 1967
INTELLECT: YOU REPRESENT IN YOUR PRESENCE ON THIS
CAMPUS THE WISDOM OF ALL THE WORLD AND OF ALL TIME .
YOU THERE IS KNOWN MOST OF THE KNOWLEDGE EXISTING IN THE WORLD TODAY, WHETHER IT BE OF THE STARS OF THE UNIVERSE, OF THE ROCKS OF THE EARTH , OF THE HISTORY OF NATIONS AND PEOPLES , OF LANGUAGES THEY SPEAK , OF THE OPERATIONS OF GOVERNMENTS , OF THE LAWS OF ECONOMICS OF THE BEHAVIOR OF THE ATOM , OF THE NATURE OF ELECTRICITY, OF RELIGION AND ETHICS , OF LOVE AND HATE , OF THE MYRIAD FORCES AND INFLUENCES CONTROLLING OUR EXISTENCE .
--GORDON B. HINCKLEY The department graduate faculty will strive to foster the intellectual development of all students that they teach and mentor. They will encourage students to hunger and thirst for knowledge and wisdom. They will also help students acquire marketable skills in the field of language studies.
LIFE-LONG HABITS OF LEARNING AND SERVICE: THIS UNIVERSITY WILL GO
FORWARD. ITS STUDENTS ARE IDEALISTS WHO HAVE INTEGRITY, WHO LOVE TO WORK IN GOOD CAUSES.
THERE STUDENTS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE SECULAR TRAINING, BUT WILL HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT JESUS MEANT WHEN HE SAID THAT THE KEY OF KNOWLEDGE, WHICH HAD BEEN LOST BY SOCIETY CENTURIES BEFORE, WAS “THE FULLNESS OF THE SCRIPTURES.” WE UNDERSTAND, AS FEW PEOPLE DO, THAT EDUCATION IS A PART OF BEING ABOUT OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS AND THAT THE SCRIPTURES CONTAIN THE MASTER CONCEPTS FOR MANKIND. --SPENCER W. KIMBALL, 1975 Graduate faculty and staff in the department will regularly complement their professional duties with family, community, and Church service. Graduate students will magnify their BYU education by working to reach their highest potential, by sharing educational opportunities with others, and by serving as ambassadors of peace and goodwill wherever their careers may lead them throughout the world.
Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook
The Context of the University
Brigham Young University is a private institution sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It originated from the Brigham Young Academy, a teachers college founded in 1875. Although the Church did not directly sponsor the original academy, community and ecclesiastical leaders provided the financial foundation of the institution for many years. In 1903 the academy became a university, and the Church was its direct financial sponsor. Today the Church continues to provide the main financial support for BYU, and selected Church leaders are on the Board of Trustees. Active members of the Church contribute tithing (10% of income), which means that each tithe-paying member makes a significant financial contribution to the Church each year. The University recognizes this contribution by keeping tuition considerably lower than most other private universities, and the tithes of Church members pay about two-thirds of the cost of educating a student here. Students that are not members of the Church pay tuition about one-third higher than members, which is analogous to higher tuition for nonresidents at a state school where residents’ taxes provide the main support. A majority of students at Brigham Young University are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Religion classes provide spiritual education to complement the secular education of students. Many students are fluent in a language other than English. Ethical and moral values are very important to those who attend BYU. As part of the admissions procedure, all who apply have an interview with an LDS Bishop or a clergy person of their choice in order to affirm their commitment to the university’s standards. As part of the interview process, the Honor Code and the Dress and Grooming Standards are explained to the potential student. Those who enroll at the University agree to abide by these behavioral standards, and must reaffirm this commitment in an annual interview.
The Department of Linguistics and English Language
The Purpose of This Handbook
Brigham Young University publishes a graduate catalog online (http://saas.byu.edu/catalog) that describes the university policies and procedures for graduate study. That catalog is the first and most important source of information for earning your graduate degree. This additional Graduate Handbook is provided by the Linguistics and English Language Department as a supplement to the BYU Graduate Catalog. This handbook describes policies and procedures that are unique to our department graduate programs. It also provides, in a single document, useful information for our graduate students that exists in a variety of locations in different handbooks and websites. Please send your comments, requests, or suggestions for the next edition of this handbook to email@example.com.
byu.edu mark_davies@byu. Spanish http://humanities. There (and outside their office doors) you will also find faculty members’ office hours.edu 422-6005 4067 JFSB Eddington. Japanese http://humanities.edu 422-4707 4069 JFSB wegg@byu. Use. Mark Corpus Design Use. Historical Syntax and Linguistics Databases. David Experimental Linguistics. Reading. You can learn more about each one by going to his or her respective website.edu/faculty/med48 http://humanities.edu/faculty/wge firstname.lastname@example.org/faculty/wb42 mark_davies@byu. the Graduate Student Society also sponsors an activity designed to help students and faculty get to know each other better. Historical Syntactical Variation.edu/faculty/nja3 Davies. Anderson.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Introduction to the Faculty A very important part of your graduate education will come from working closely with faculty advisors and mentors. Psycholinguistics.edu 422-7452 4041 JFSB Dant. William Varieties of English.edu 422-3483 4064C JFSB 4 . Every year. photos. Spanish Syntax and Syntactical Variation.byu. Below are the names. You need to become acquainted with the faculty so you can not only choose the right topic for your MA thesis or project but also have the right advisory committee.edu/faculty/dpd2 email@example.com 422-5353 4056A JFSB Baker.edu 422-9168 422-9168 4071 JFSB 4071 JFSB Dewey. Language Policy http://humanities.byu. Contrastive Rhetoric. and contact information for all the faculty members in the Department of Linguistics and English Language. Medieval Literature http://humanities. Linguistics http://humanities. and Portuguese Spanish and Portuguese http://humanities. Corpus Design andand Linguistics Databases.byu.edu/faculty/d rd2 Eggington. Wendy Second Language Acquisition. Dan Second Language Acquisition. Don Old English Language and Literature.edu 422-8738 4047 JFSB firstname.lastname@example.org/faculty/dwc2 dan_dewey@byu. Morphology.byu. Doris American Literature.byu. Neil Learning Styles and Strategies. History of the English Language.edu 422-2471 4057 JFSB Chapman.edu/faculty/med48 Davies. specialties.edu/faculty/deddingt email@example.com. Research http://humanities. Phonology. Mark neil_anderson@byu. Speech Perception and Production http://humanities.
Syntax. Syntax http://humanities. Methodology. Uto. French http://humanities.byu. Cultural Semantics. Anthropological Linguistics. Cynthia Rhetoric.edu 422-2974 4053 JFSB Gardner.byu.edu/faculty/iae2 Henrichsen.edu 422-2144 4051 JFSB Nuckolls. Janis Hallen. International EFL http://humanities. Publishing.edu/faculty/dwh8 norman_evans@byu.Aztecan Languages http://humanities. Lexicography.byu.edu/faculty/clh8 Quichua Grammar. Ideophony. Teacher Education.byu.edu/faculty/evansn lynn_henrichsen@byu. Alan Computer Aids Translators. Marvin Editing. Vocabulary Acquisition http://humanities.edu/faculty/akm2 firstname.lastname@example.org 422-2938 4040 JFSB Lonsdale.edu/faculty/adm3 dee_gardner@byu. Deryle Formal Syntax and Semantics.byu.edu 422-8472 4050 JFSB Gardner. Philology http://humanities. Discourse Pragmatics http://humanities. English Language http://humanities.edu 422-2020 4073 JFSB email@example.com/faculty/dig firstname.lastname@example.org 422-1253 4045 JFSB email@example.com. Dee ESL Literacy.edu 422-1219 4061 JFSB alan_manning@byu. Writing in a Second Language http://humanities.edu/faculty/leh5 dirk_elzinga@byu. Language Program Administration and Assessment. Lynn TESOL. Morphology.edu 422-4067 4039 JFSB Manning.edu 422-2117 4043 JFSB Evans. Norman TESOL Curriculum Development.byu. Salish Languages http://humanities. Computational Linguistics. Dirk Phonological Theory and Analysis.byu.edu/faculty/mkg29 Melby. Adult ESL. Materials Development.edu/faculty/jbn34 firstname.lastname@example.org 422-3448 4055 JFSB 5 . Alan Linguistics Theory.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Elzinga.
TESOL http://humanities. Structure of English. Mel Editing and Publishing http://humanities. Old English Language http://humanities.edu 422-1719 4092 JKB Strong-Krause.edu 422-2692 4065 JFSB ADMINISTRATION AND P ERSONNEL Department Chair: William Eggington (801) 422-3483 Graduate Coordinator: Dee Gardner (801) 422-1219 Department Secretary: LoriAnne Spear (801) 422-2937 GSA Faculty Advisor: Heather Willson (801) 422-2692 Linguistic Graduate Advisor: Deryle Lonsdale (810) 422-4067 TESOL Graduate Advisor: Lynn Henrichsen (801) 422-2938 6 .edu/faculty/mwt dallin_oaks@byu. Heather Syntax. Diane Language Testing.byu.edu/faculty/ds23 Willson. Textual Criticism http://humanities.edu/faculty/mjt email@example.com. Marshallese http://humanities.edu 422-6369 4075 JFSB firstname.lastname@example.org 422-8154 4063 JFSB Skousen. Mark Language Acquisition.byu.byu.edu/faculty/ddo Tanner.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Oaks.byu.edu/faculty/rjs4 Thorne.byu. TESOL.edu 422-3482 4037 JFSB email@example.com 422-3970 4064B JFSB heather_wilson@byu. Royal Analogical Modeling. Ambiguity. Sociolinguistics http://humanities. Dallin English Linguistics. K’ichie’.edu/faculty/hwills1 diane-strong-krause@byu.
The program serves the values and philosophy of our sponsoring institution (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) by training scholars and professionals who. e. The first year of graduate study allows a student to complete a TESOL Graduate Certificate. The purpose of the certificate program is to provide basic training in the principles and practices of teaching English as a second or foreign language to adults whose first language is not English. morphology. semantics. After finishing additional course work. explain. students will be able to: Teach English language skills to non-native speakers of English in an effective and professional manner. Completion of the MA TESOL program also provides students with appropriate preparation for further study at the PhD level as well as success as teachers of English in a second or foreign language setting. analyze and assess academic linguistic texts TESOL Program Learning Outcomes TESOL Program Learning Outcomes The TESOL Graduate Program is divided into two parts.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Linguistics Program Learning Outcomes The Linguistics MA program is designed to serve those seeking training in linguistic research and applications beyond the undergraduate major. Students who complete the Linguistics MA program should be able to: Demonstrate the ability to ask linguistically meaningful questions Analyze linguistic data using appropriate (linguistic) methodology Be prepared to enter advanced programs of study. will well represent the Church's general mission of truth seeking through first-rate research and service through practical applications of linguistic principles. The purpose of the master's program is to prepare students to become professionals in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages. interpret. students will… Manifest mastery of the English language Demonstrate an understanding of the major systems of human language (phonology. syntax/grammar. As teachers. students then complete either a master's thesis or a project. lexicon.g. After completing the TESOL Graduate Certificate. & pragmatics) Analyze and apply theories of second language learning and acquisition Evaluate principles underlying effective empirical research Examine proven second language teaching strategies and procedures Apply accepted principles of effective lesson planning and materials development Students completing an MA in TESOL will go beyond the basic core competencies of the TESOL Graduate Certificate (See above) to: Specialize in one or more of the following five areas (as determined by their choice of MA thesis or project topic and their graduate committee): 7 . a PhD program in Hispanic Linguistics Be able to make a formal presentation (on a linguistic topic) Be able to understand. we hope.
selecting. Speaking. Pronunciation) Examining. Vocabulary. and using methods conducive to effective learning of particular language skills (Listening. perform. Writing) and elements (Culture. evaluating.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 TESOL Program Learning Outcomes Continued… Research: Analyze. and applying it to classroom contexts Curriculum and Materials Development: Develop professional quality curricula and materials for English language teaching Assessment and Evaluation: Create and interpret effective measures of language ability Administration and Supervision: Understand and practice recognized principles of effective teacher development and program operation 8 . Grammar. and creating materials to support effective language teaching and learning Critically analyzing research in language acquisition and teaching. and communicate professional level research Specialized Teaching Knowledge & Skills: Demonstrate advanced specialized language teaching knowledge and skills in one or more of the language skills and elements by: Examining. Reading.
(3 cr. 603 Ling 601 Linguistic Foundations: Sounds of Language.) Ling 654 Advanced Semantics. (1-3 cr.) Ling 551 Anthropological Linguistics.) Research core. Prerequisites: Ling 330 Introduction to Linguistics (Modern). or 90 (internet based – iBT with minimum scores of 23 in Speaking and 22 in Listening. (1-9 cr. 9 . (3 cr.) Ling 602 Linguistic Foundations: Structures of Language. should be completed before the first semester of coursework. (3 cr. Ling 698R Master’s Project.byu.edu/gradstudies. Graduate ELang courses (500-600 level) approved by your Linguistics MA committee can be used as electives.) Ling 640 Language Acquisition. (3 cr. Reading. (3 cr. (3 cr.) Electives (15 hours): To be selected depending on course availability and in consultation with advisors.) Ling 615 Analogical Modeling of Language.) Thesis or project (6 hours). (3 cr.) Ling 590 R Readings in Linguistics.) Ling 558 Historical-Comparative Linguistics. GRE EXAM IS REQUIRED.) Ling 651 Advanced Phonology.) Examination: oral defense of thesis or project (consult department for details). Requirements for Degree (total credit hours: 33) Required courses: Foundation (9 hours): Ling 601. and Writing) is required prior to admission for nonnative English speakers. (3 cr. (3 cr. 237 (computer). 602. 302 Advanced English Pronunciation if indicated by OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) results. (3 cr. (3 cr. ESL 301 Advanced Academic English. The OPI should be completed before or during a student’s first semester in the program. (3 cr.) Ling 550 Sociolinguistics. or equivalent. Competency in two languages other than English (300 level) Nonnative English Speakers: ESL 404 Advanced Composition is a prerequisite.) or Ling 699R Master’s Thesis. (3 cr. (3 cr. (1-3 cr.) Ling 653 Advanced Syntax. (3 cr. A minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper).) Ling 652 Advanced Morphology.) Ling 581 Natural Language Processing.) Ling 580 R Problems in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. (3 hours): Ling 604 Ling 604 Research Design in Linguistics.) Ling 603 Linguistic Foundations: Meanings in Language. Apply on-line at http://www. Ling 545 Psycholinguistics. with the possibility for semester of entry in the fall (unless students need to take Ling 330 summer term). (1-3 cr.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Linguistics MA Degree Requirements Admission and Entry: Application deadline is January 15th (only once a year).
Students must begin coursework in fall semester. 580 (paper). TESOL Methods and Materials Application (3 credits). Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Linguistic Foundations–Structure (3 credits). To be taken during a student’s first semester in the program. CORE COURSES (ALL REQUIRED . Ling 612. Students must obtain an ―Advanced-Mid‖ rating. TESOL Practicum (3 credits). TESOL Methods and Materials Overview (3 credits). The numbers of students admitted to the TESOL Graduate Certificate Program depends on its capacity (approximately 25 students) and the number of students who exit the program. Reading. and Writing) or higher is required. and/or ESL 305—Applied Grammar may be required. Apply online at http://www. Linguistic Foundations–Sound (3 credits). Linguistic Foundations–Meaning (3 credits). or equivalent. you must contact the department secretary to change your start date from fall to summer. ESL 302—Advanced English Pronunciation (offered Winter) (to be taken if indicated by OPI results).byu. Ling 611. plans. To be taken during a student’s second semester in the program. or 90 (internet based – iBT with minimum scores of 23 in Speaking and 22 in Listening. Admissions are dependent upon: Undergraduate GPA Letter of Intent (experience. REQUIREMENTS 18 coursework hours. Language-learning experience (at least 200-level proficiency in a foreign language).edu/gradstudies. If you plan on taking Ling 330 summer term. Ling 610. To be taken during a student’s first semester in the program. Any deficiencies in English skills must be remedied to the satisfaction of the department before moving into the TESOL program. and International Students. For non-native English speakers: ESL 404 . To be taken during a student’s second semester in the program.Advanced Composition (offered Winter) (should be completed before or during second semester of course work). Ling 602. Computer literacy – skills equivalent to CHum 200. ESL 301—Advanced Academic English (offered Fall). Ling 603. To be taken during a student’s first semester in the program.) Three Letters of Recommendation General GRE Score Entrance Examinations for all non-native speakers of English whether they graduated from an Englishspeaking school or not: A TOEFL score of 237 (computer). must be completed before the first semester of course work. you can enroll in that class summer term.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 TESOL Graduate Certificate Requirements ADMISSIONS Deadline for all applications is January 15th (only once a year). If you have not taken Ling 330 or equivalent. Prerequisites Ling 330 . This includes both U. etc. 10 .Introduction to Linguistics (Modern). Non-native English speakers will take language proficiency exams during their first semester in the program to determine any language deficiencies that must be remediated through ESL classes. commitment.S. TOTAL OF 18 CREDITS) Ling 601. To be taken during a student’s second semester in the program.
Computers in Educational Measurement (2-4 cr. Application is made directly to the Linguistics and English Language Department during or after completion of the TESOL Graduate Certificate. Linguistics 695. REQUIREMENTS Thirty-six total credits for TESOL MA. CORE COURSES (ALL REQUIRED ) Ling 620.) IP&T 564 . Letter of intent (including experience.Instructional Print Design and Production (2 cr.) IP&T 654 .) * OTHER GRADUATE -LEVEL LINGUISTICS COURSES AND APPROPRIATE COURSES FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS MAY ALSO BE USED AS ELECTIVES WITH APPROVAL . Offered fall semester. Students must complete all TESOL Graduate Certificate course work before they begin the MA program. nature. General GRE score (required for TESOL Certificate application). Admissions decisions are based upon: Performance and GPA in BYU’s TESOL Graduate Certificate program. including 18 credits from the TESOL Graduate Certificate and 18 credit hours from the core courses and electives listed below. Ling 625 Speaking Theory and Pedagogy Ling 631 Grammar Theory and Pedagogy Ling 655 Culture Teaching Ling 672 Reading Theory and Pedagogy Ling 673 Writing Theory and Pedagogy Ling 674 Listening Theory and Pedagogy Ling 675 Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Teaching Ling 676 Technology in Language Teaching Ling 677 Curriculum Development Ling 678 Materials Development Ling 679 TESOL Supervision-Administration Internship Ling 688R Internship (offered Fall. Brief proposal (500-750 words) of intended thesis research or project addressing its purpose. TESOL Seminar (1 credit). The elective courses are selected from the list below. Program of Study (containing required and anticipated elective courses).Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 TESOL MA Degree Requirements Admissions Deadline for application is January 15th (only once a year). and plans for the future).) IP&T 655 . Offered winter semester. Offered fall semester. Language Acquisition (3 credits). The elective course is selected from the list below. Winter. Thesis Option Students accepted into the MA program to complete a thesis will take six credit hours of Ling 699R (Thesis credit) plus one elective course (2 credits) approved by their committee chair. Offered winter semester. Ling 660. Thesis or Project and successful defense. The selection of electives is to be made with the prior approval of the thesis or project chair. Language Testing (3 credits).Instructional Visual/Video Production (4 cr. Research in TESOL (3 credits). Note: Accepted students will meet with their assigned committee chair to adjust and finalize this program of study as needed. Ling 640.Microcomputer Materials Production (3 cr. These courses are offered Winter or Spring as demand warrants. 11 .Instructional Design (3 cr. IP&T 560 . ELECTIVES*: Each of the following electives is a 2 credit course.) IP&T 665 . Project Option Students accepted into the MA program to complete a project will take two credit hours of Ling 698R (Project credit) plus three elective courses (2 credits) to be approved by their committee chair. Spring. and Summer) The following elective courses are offered by BYU’s Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology. and feasibility (which needs to be compatible with department faculty interests and expertise). commitment to the profession.
Other meetings with the committee may be held as needed. program. Students who wish to make an adjustment in the composition of their committee may do so with consent of both original committee members and the proposed committee members. The thesis committee then mentors and evaluates students through the rest of their program. All committee members participate in events such as the prospectus meeting.A. advisory committees consist of at least three members: a committee chair (or the first reader) and two other faculty members (or the second reader and the third reader of a thesis). Failure to do so may result in an unsatisfactory evaluation. when faculty members may be unavailable. TESOL M. such as research leaves. In the Linguistics M. Students should arrange an initial meeting with all three committee members as they begin the thesis/project process. and the thesis/project defense. (2) Lack of progress/communication (as determined by committee) towards completion of thesis during each full semester (fall and winter)—exceptions must be approved by committee chair. a fourth committee member is necessary from the minor department. students are assigned a graduate advisory committee in accordance with their thesis or project topic when they are admitted to the MA level. Graduate Advisors and Committees The department uses a committee system to advise and evaluate students in its graduate programs.A. the pre-scheduling meeting.0 GPA. or Unsatisfactory. research. students work with an advisory committee until they choose a thesis/project topic (in Ling 604 at latest). and overall performance. professional development. Students must then choose a graduate thesis committee and file the necessary forms to notify the department of the makeup of that committee. students should send a brief monthly email progress report to all three of their committee members. Typical reasons for receiving a less than satisfactory rating include: (1) GPA falling below the minimum 3. candidates. the department provides a progress report to the university Office of Graduate Studies. rating each student as Satisfactory. In those cases where a student declares a minor. To facilitate communication. This is especially true in the spring and summer terms. Graduate students should plan the timing of their defense carefully because of the variability of faculty responsibilities. Faculty members will not sign the defense scheduling form until they have read and discussed the completed thesis/project with students and fellow committee members. All members of the committee must have graduate faculty status. M. Each student is appointed a faculty advisor (TESOL Graduate Certificate) or an advisory committee (MA programs). Marginal. out-of-town conferences.A.A. The role of the advisor/committee is to both guide and evaluate students in their coursework. 12 .Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Evaluation of Graduate Students At the end of each semester. and so forth. TESOL Graduate Certificate students work with their advisor throughout the certificate program. Students should arrange a pre-scheduling meeting with all three committee members to discuss the completed thesis/project before scheduling the defense. Advisory committee members share in the responsibility of evaluating students in their progress through the program. or (3) Not completing coursework in a timely manner. Students who earn a Marginal or Unsatisfactory rating two semesters in a row will be dropped from the program. administrative assignments. and the committee gives final approval of the thesis/project for M.
Bring clean and accurate drafts of your work to consultations and meetings. in the JKB writing center.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ for details). (You may have a fourth. the third reader will review on-going work on the thesis/project after students have incorporated changes recommended by the first reader and the second reader. results. It is your responsibility to produce standard academic prose in English. Any deviations from these guidelines must be approved by your advisory committee. spelling. Students should become familiar with graduate school policies rather than expecting the chair to take the initiative. The chair works with students. Although your committee will give feedback on format and style.lsadc. The thesis/project is students’ responsibility. Generally. focus. approach.byu. Linguistics MA theses/projects should follow LSA (Linguistic Society of America) style (see http://www. at the bookstore. General style guidelines are available online. content. and proofreading on the shoulders of your committee members. rather than a supervisor.edu. do not place the responsibility for editing. in the library. methodology. Generally. The third reader responds to the thesis/project more as a finished product. non-graduate faculty member.org/info/pubs-lang-style. You may need to hire an editor or proofreader.english. expression. format. on your committee if needed for specialized input. the second reader will review on-going work on the thesis/project after students have incorporated changes and suggestions from the first reader (chair). but does not do the work for students. The second reader has a secondary responsibility for mentoring a student in the thesis/project and professional opportunities. as the first reader.cfm for details). Students should consult with the second reader from time to time about the progress of the thesis/project several times before the scheduling of the defense. TESOL MA theses/projects should follow APA (American Psychological Association) style (see the APA Publication Manual or http://owl. and originality of the thesis/project. 13 . The chair also helps students to find opportunities for professional development. has primary responsibility for mentoring a student in the thesis/project. The chair will advise students with regard to the topic.) Thesis and Project Report Format and Style Students may obtain copies of university format guidelines for theses and project reports from http://gradstudies.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 G RADUATE C OMMITTEES C ONTINUED … The thesis committee chair. organization. the chair is an advisor.purdue. hence.
or Selected Project form (ADV Form 8d) to the college dean for signature. Last day to have a final oral examination (defense of thesis or project). Note: Ample time should be allowed to make revisions after the oral examination and before the deadline for submitting the final ETD. Students submitting materials after these deadlines will not be considered for graduation until the following semester. Upon receipt of the signed ADV Form 8d. Go to byu. Thesis.). and for departments to enter examination results (oral or written) in AIM (ADV08). submitting grade changes (for I’s. T’s. Here are the deadlines for this academic year: Dec 2010 Graduation Sep 24 Apr 2011 Graduation Jan 28 Aug 2011 Graduation May 27 Last day to apply for graduation online in AIM. 14 .Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Important Deadlines for Graduation In order to graduate on schedule.edu → Route Y → School → Apply for Graduation. Last day to submit thesis or project with the Approval for Submission of Dissertation. Dec 3 Mar 18 Jul 15 This is the last day the student may take the ADV Form 8d to the Library Administration Office (2060 HBLL) once the ETD appears in the Library Administration Office ETD queue.byu. etc.edu/). you must meet a series of university and Graduate Studies deadlines. Last day to schedule a final oral examination (defense of thesis or project) with department using the Department Scheduling of Final Oral Examination (ADV Form 8C). prerequisite independent study courses. Also the last day to complete any remaining requirements for a degree including payment of fees. None* None* Apr 21 Apr 22 Aug 11 Aug 12 Graduation — University Commencement Graduation — College Convocations Oct 29 Feb 18 Jun 17 Nov 12 Mar 4 Jul 1 Nov 19 Mar 11 Jul 8 * December graduates are invited to participate in April graduation exercises. After the department has approved the ETD. and submit copies of your document to your graduate committee. The student then takes the validated ADV Form 8d to Graduate Studies (105 FPH). the dean’s office will review and approve the ETD. the ETD must be submitted for electronic format approvals through the ETD submission website (http://etd.
to be awarded in the upcoming academic year.110 non-LDS) Any financial aid received by a student who has borrowed money through federal student loan programs this academic year in excess of the cost of education will be used to pay down student loans.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Financial Assistance for Graduate Students Everyone who is accepted into the Linguistics and English Language Department’s graduate programs is eligible for a scholarship. scholarly. or his assistant coordinator.edu/gradstudies/grantsfellowships/grantsfellowships.php. domestic.php Although our graduate programs do not require them. and other forms. The Graduate Research Fellowship award is a university award sponsored by Graduate Studies and is designed to support thesis and dissertation research and to encourage independent research. He has information on a variety of local. grant. Graduate Mentoring Awards are funded by Graduate Studies to promote both mentoring of graduate students and supporting graduate students as they serve as mentors to undergraduate students.php and then see Dr. It is intended that the award is for proposed research or for work in the initial stages. It is expected that the research funded by the Graduate Research Award will support the dissertation. and creative activity among graduate students. They allow students to make connections between the academic content they learn in their courses and the practicalities and constraints of the real world.edu/tesol_internships. internship approval. All graduate students matriculated into a graduate program are eligible to apply. The scholarship amount varies between 30% and 70% of LDS member graduate tuition. Internships for Graduate Students TESOL MA students who wish to do an internship (Ling 688R) as one of their elective courses should check the information available online at http://linguistics. Colleges may choose to recommend $4.byu. internships often lead to post-graduation employment opportunities. the deadline for applying for fall and winter semester scholarships is April 1. Generally. not for work completed or nearing completion. The funds are dispersed at the beginning of the academic year.edu/gradstudies/grantsfellowships/mentoringgrant. or divide the funds between two students.byu. It also depends on the total amount of money available and the number of students in the program. $4. Please be aware that the total amount of loan. These forms must be filled out and the internship approved before beginning the internship. internships can be very valuable educational experiences. they are encouraged to approach graduate faculty members as well as department administrators to express interest in these mentoring grants. For more information go to http://www.690 LDS and $25. Near the beginning of each semester. you will receive an e-mail from the department graduate secretary informing you how to apply for a department scholarship.000 for master's students and/or $5. The award is to be used in support of students’ research and creative work. The amount of the scholarship for each student is based on the number of credits that student is taking during the semester/term.500. The courses applicable to your scholarship must be on your Program of Study. While students are not able to apply for these grants directly.byu.000 for doctoral students. Two levels of award are granted: Doctoral. Master's.000. and the deadline for applying for spring/summer term scholarships is Feb 1. and international internship sites. For more information go to http://www. He also has the necessary course contract. and scholarship money received by a graduate student each year cannot exceed the estimated cost of education at BYU (which for the coming academic year is $19. $6. making satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree. Recipients must be in good academic standing. In addition. Henrichsen. the TESOL internship coordinator. Master’s degree candidates must have been matriculated in their programs on or before Fall semester. thesis or project. 15 .
The college funding request forms can be obtained in the department office. Graduate students presenting original research at conferences are eligible to receive a Research Presentation Award (RPA) averaging $400. For more detailed information. RPAs are awarded two times each year and are distributed within two months after the application deadline. you must first fill out a travel request form. To apply for this funding.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Travel Funding for Professional Conferences and Research Department funds (up to $500 per graduate student per academic year) are available to partially fund graduate students for trips to conferences at which they are presenting. Approximately 1/3 of the applicants receive an award. 16 . go to http://www. BYU’s Office of Graduate Studies also has funds to help graduate students attend and participate in professional. The College of Humanities also offers funding for graduate students (up to $400) to travel to conferences when they are presenting.edu/gss. RPAs are intended to enable graduate students to travel to important conferences within their discipline in order to present their scholarly and creative work. which you can get form the department office. The application deadline is in the middle of an award period which allows students to apply who have either already presented their research or who are planning to within the specified time period.byu. academic conferences. You should submit this form (along with a copy of your presentation acceptance letter or email) well in advance of your conference trip so that funds can be apportioned and reserved appropriately. Please contact the department secretary for further information.
Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Graduate Student Society Graduate student societies (GSS) at both the university and department levels provide students with opportunities to associate with each other and the faculty. to gain insights on how you should proceed with your coursework. you and your fellow graduate students will find it easier to think like professionals. you have committed yourself to professional-level work in the field of linguistics/TESOL/English language studies. 17 . From time to time the GSS will circulate flyers and email messages about activities of the department-level society. graduate student society (the GSS website) is available at At the department level. we welcome and include the Language Acquisition graduate students in all relevant GSS activities. your own classroom teaching experience and/or with the research that will generate your project or thesis.edu/gss/. Professionals make it a point to form societies and to interact with each other. Be part of the group! Information on the university-wide http://www. We strongly advise students to become familiar with and get involved with activities of the GSS. the current GSS advisor is Dr.edu).byu. Officers are nominated and elected once a year: two from TESOL. By talking together. one from Linguistics. Effective research and real-world applications of research never happen without collaboration of some kind with other professionals. Successful graduate students get work done in groups. Although the Language Acquisition graduate program is administered through the Center for Language Studies at the college level. As graduate students. your fellow students. and socializing together. Heather Willson (422-2692 or heather_willson@byu. The stereotypical image you might have of the individual genius scholar toiling away in some isolated attic apartment is pure myth. and one from Language Acquisition and Teaching. working together. You should begin this process of collaboration/interaction with your peers.
18 . How to change the Program of Study You can make changes in your program if they are authorized by your advisor or committee. skill courses. Your progress report is available on AIM through Route Y. You are required to take six credits per year otherwise you will be dropped from the graduate program by the university. list all classes (required courses. Classes that can be funded by department scholarships Any department scholarship funding you receive will cover tuition only for program prerequisites and classes on your approved Program of Study form.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Program of Study Form Program of Study The Program of Study is a form that students fill out in order to plan all of the courses they will take to fulfill degree requirements. Tuition for any additional courses (not on your approved Program of Study) must be funded from other sources. Due date for Program of Study You should complete your Program of Study no later than September and turn it in to the department secretary. and current grade point average. Credit-hour requirements You are required to take two credits during the semester you graduate (defend your thesis or project). After you decide on your classes. Have your advisor or committee approve the changes by signing the bottom of the form. and list the classes that you want to add. In addition. review them with your advisor or advisory committee and obtain the necessary signatures of approval on the Program of Study form. current registration. classes still needed. How to submit a Program of Study Change List the classes currently on your program of study that need to be deleted. Obtain a Program of Study Change Form. The Program of Study constitutes a contract between students and the university. Relationship between your Program of Study and your Progress Report Your progress report compares your individual study list with the courses you have actually taken. These forms are available online at http://gradstudies. the progress report alerts you and your advisors to possible problems with academic status. It summarizes your progress in your program: classes completed. GPA. Then submit this form to the department secretary in 4064 JFSB.byu. It is a necessary step on the path towards graduation. time limits. and electives) that you plan on taking in your graduate program at BYU. and so forth.edu/forms. How to fill out a Program of Study On your Program of Study. If you have not completed and submitted a Program of Study form. please see a secretary in 4064 JFSB as soon as possible. minimum registration requirements. prerequisites needed.
Thesis Project Purpose: Identify a practical need and create a tool. Show empirical study meeting standards of statistical validity or explanatory models meeting standards of valid reasoning. with clear instructions for its use or implementation. curriculum. Product Evaluation: Track results from use or implementation of the product. Once your thesis/project has reached a particular stage of development. Interpretation of all research results directed toward addressing the question/problem. subsequent drafts should be submitted to the entire committee. 19 . Both project and thesis should begin with a prospectus. Identify sources that will be used to support the proposed solution/answer. in whatever format students’ faculty committee deems appropriate-a written report. and/or a literature review. etc. Committee members should discuss and agree upon the viability of the project or thesis proposed. process or procedure to address that need. testing instrument. program. Describe procedures in such a way that other researchers might replicate the study. your prospectus should also be reviewed by the other two members of the committee. Literature Review: Establish that a problem or question remains unsettled. The following description will help you make the decision of whether to do a thesis or project. software CD. Needs Review: Establish a need for the project with a needs analysis. The committee chair will then work with you to develop the project or thesis. Thesis Purpose: Identify a problem or question not settled in existing literature. Evaluate product using qualitative or quantitative methods and compare with performance of competing products or with performance of users who did not have access to the project’s product. or not fully addressed in existing literature. Research Design or Method: Describe means by which the proposed solution/answer is validated. or summary of arguments for and against various competing answers/solutions to a question/problem. which will assign you an appropriate chair and committee). Once the chair approves. and/or pre-testing of existing tools to establish minimum performance standards.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Project and Thesis Comparison To earn your MA degree. Product Development: Create a tangible product of some sort. portfolio. submitted to your committee chair (or the TESOL MA admissions committee. or data gathered as part of research. and/or market survey.. Propose and defend an answer. Findings and Discussion: Facts and figures. you will need to complete either a thesis or a project.
It should demonstrate clearly that the problem has not been decisively solved. It is the thesis writer's best interpretation (based on the data) as to what the answer to the research question or the solution to the research problem is. The reasons why all were selected should show their relevance and similarity to the situations in which the original question or problem has arisen. the end of chapter two may also include hypotheses about what is expected to be found in the current study. The writer should tell what people (participants). If a pilot study is conducted prior to actual data collection. each thesis should have the following parts: 1. procedures. and analyses were used and why they were selected over other possibilities. The findings consist of the facts and figures which were gathered as part of the research. Findings and discussion. it is important to describe how the pilot was conducted and what changes occurred in the data collection instruments and research design based on this preliminary research. The section should not just be a listing of relevant literature. It basically shows that there is a problem of some kind that needs a solution and that the solution would be of value in the field of TESOL or Linguistics. but it should suggest possible solutions or answers as well as possible ways to approach finding solutions or answers. It then states what the research question or purpose of this particular study is and how it will lead or help lead to the solution which is needed. significance of the question. rationale for the study. An introduction to the problem or question. This section may actually be divided in two chapters if necessary for clarity. 2. With this in mind. This section tells how the thesis writer conducted the current study in order to find the answer(s) to his or her research questions or the solution(s) to his or her research problem. 3. 20 . Research design or method. The end of the review of literature should include a brief summary of what has been found up to this point and the specific research question(s) that this study intends to answer. but it should be well-organized and structured. The discussion consists of explanations of those facts particularly as they relate to the research question or problem. The description of and rationale for how the research was conducted should be so clear that anyone could set up the same research and run the study again if necessary. 4. Instead of research questions. This section includes things such as context of the problem. etc. materials (instruments). This section shows what has already been done by others that may relate to or be part of the solution to the problem that was identified in the first section.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Thesis Expectations for TESOL and Linguistics All theses will involve original research that is designed to answer a pertinent question in the field or to solve a relevant problem. much as you would expect to find if this section were to stand by itself as a library research paper. Review of literature.
2. The purpose of this meeting is to allow the committee to provide feedback on the review of literature. and to approve the research design and data collection instruments and procedures. 3. students should submit the appropriate documents to BYU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) if the study involves collecting any form of data from human subjects. Departmental Scheduling of Final Oral Examination (Form 8C): Fill this form out. 21 .Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Thesis Expectations for TESOL and Linguistics Continued… 5. The thesis should end with a discussion of limitations present in the study and suggestions for future research in this area of TESOL or Linguistics. 1.cgi. refined. All graduate students are expected to convene a committee meeting shortly after their thesis advisory committee is formed and prior to the start of data collection. Program of Study for Graduate Students (Form 3): Submit this form to the Linguistics and English Language Department early during the first two weeks of your study in the M. get all your committee members’ signatures. This section consists of a brief reiteration of what the findings of the research are with regard to the research question(s) or hypotheses and a summary of how those findings should be applied. Graduate Office Forms 1. Conclusion.byu. and accepted with caution. All these forms can be obtained online by clicking on ―Advisement forms‖ at: www. fill out this form and turn it in to the department.edu/ry/ae/prod/acad_plan/cgi/stdGraduationApp. 2.edu/gradstudies/forms 5. Application for Graduation: You must apply online for graduation at: https://y. Request for Program of Study Change (Form 3b): To alter an original Program of Study form. Departmental Approval for Submission of Dissertation. research questions or hypotheses. (and TESOL Graduate Certificate) program.byu. 5.A. 4. After receiving approval from the thesis advisory committee. Thesis. This form is sent to you in you acceptance packet. and turn it in to the department no later than two weeks before your defense. 4. or Selected Project (Form 8D): Fill out this form with the appropriate signatures and submit to the library.
edu/irb/. It should never simply be submitted as a whole. The chair is responsible for reviewing each chapter and providing feedback to students. use the approved APA style. There is an ETD class offered at the library that we highly recommend you take. as well as their research interests. keep a log of potential thesis research topics that are interesting to you. write a thesis prospectus. select an appropriate research topic by conducting a review of the literature. If you are using human subjects as part of your research study. See your chair for details.byu. D. Get their feedback and guidance and gauge their interest in your potential topics. This prospectus is a crucial part of your application to the TESOL MA Program. Of course. In this class. G. During this course. This material is available online from: http://orca. as well as the data collection instruments and procedures to be used in the study. Write it far enough in advance that you have time to edit and proofread it carefully.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Process for Generating a TESOL Thesis A. E. you can also obtain feedback from other committee members during this drafting and review process. You should also format your thesis for future written and electronic (ETD) submissions (see section P below). The prospectus can be no more that 750 words long and it is due to the department secretary along with all other application materials by January 15. You should work closely with your thesis chair to successfully complete your thesis. you should work closely with your chair and the department secretary. approve them. This material should then be distributed to the other committee members. For specific information concerning ETD formatting. enroll in Ling 620 Research in TESOL in fall semester. indicating the question(s) to be addressed in the thesis and the proposed methodology that will be used to do so. as you complete your coursework. ETD information is also available at http://etd. you must submit the appropriate forms and receive permission from BYU's Institutional Review Board (IRB) to proceed with the study. you should work with your thesis chair to complete a draft of the initial chapters. meet with faculty members who might be interested in the same research topics that interest you. After starting the MA program. F. since this does not allow for revisions along the way that could affect subsequent portions of the work. After completing Ling 620. get to know the faculty and their areas of expertise. If possible.edu. Use this information to reach a decision regarding your thesis topic. B. Well before January 15 of the year you want to enter the TESOL MA program. H. and determining a specific question to be addressed. you will be informed who is on your committee. share it with interested faculty and your fellow graduate students to get feedback and suggestions. I. The graduate office will email the dates to you at the beginning of each semester. While you are a student in the TESOL Graduate Certificate program. you should arrange to meet with your thesis committee chair and begin to organize a timeline for the completion of your thesis and coursework. At the same time. Continued… 22 .byu. C. As soon as possible after that. you will learn about research design and procedures and you may get a good start on writing your thesis. Before January 15 of the year you want to enter the TESOL MA program. and you should organize a meeting in which the entire committee is able to give feedback on your research plans and. If you are admitted to the MA program. ultimately. As you draft your chapters. The thesis should be submitted chapter by chapter to your chair.
to the day. word choice.edu/ry/ae/prod/acad_plan/cgi/stdGraduationApp. Possible results of the oral exam are Pass.edu/gradstudies/forms/forms. All thesis drafts should be typed on a word processor (double-spaced. O. you will be required to make additional revisions following the oral exam and prior to final manuscript submission. and committee signatures are collected on the ADV Form 8d and not in the thesis preliminary pages. For specific formatting guidelines see the ADV 11 forms at http://www. therefore.cgi). syntax. grammar. You should work carefully with both your advisory committee chair and the department secretary to complete this process. K. The oral examination or defense takes approximately two hours.byu. The library does not require paper copies. Pass with Qualifications. or Fail. For example. You will be examined on thesis content and quality as well as appropriate coursework preparation for your thesis topic. and submitted on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper or as an electronic attachment to an e-mail message). Before distributing it. Be advised that finding a day and time when all your committee members are available can be a complicated and time-consuming process. getting all your committee members to sign it. during the final semester of your thesis work. M. For more information on the oral defense itself see page 29 ―Final Oral Defense‖ in this handbook. They should not be required to address basic writing issues. but you or your committee may want a bound paper copy in addition to the electronic copy.byu. N. You are. When all of them have been completed and accepted by the committee. there are some special guidelines. and other writing conventions. you must obtain signatures from all your committee members. For ETDs.edu/gradstudies/forms/forms. you must apply for graduation at: (http://y. before the actual exam by completing ADV Form 8C Departmental Scheduling of Final Oral Examination.php?s=advforms. This presentation must be attended by classmates and at least two faculty members from your thesis committee. 23 .byu. When your chair agrees that your thesis is ready to defend and at least two weeks before scheduling the defense or oral exam. Theses in electronic format receive broader exposure and make you part of a worldwide learning community as your thesis and the results of your research are made available to scholars throughout the world. Also see http://etd. advised to utilize the university writing center. a preliminary version of your final thesis is presented orally as part of the requirements for completing the seminar course—Ling 695. Allow time in your schedule to make these revisions. you should carefully proofread this semi-final draft for content. carefully proofread. your thesis must be submitted to all members of the committee for defense approval. margins must be one inch on all sides. Typically. Recess. spelling. P. and submit the thesis to the library. Before scheduling your thesis defense.edu. You must schedule the oral exam or defense at least two weeks.php?s=advforms (ADV Form 08). experienced proofreaders and other such resources to improve the presentation and mechanics of your thesis prior to submitting it to your committee. L. Students should review deadline guidelines and application forms: http://www. All theses are now submitted to the library as ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations). Typically.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 P ROCESS FOR G ENERATING A TESOL T HESIS C ONTINUED … J. The primary responsibility of the thesis committee is to review the content of the thesis.byu. approved APA style. and turning it in to the department secretary.
syntax. They should not be required to address basic writing issues. The primary responsibility of the thesis committee is to review the content of your thesis. For specific formatting guidelines see ADV 11 forms at http://www. word choice. and you should organize a meeting at which the entire committee is able to approve your research design. E.byu. D. you should also begin to format your thesis for future written and electronic (ETD) submissions (See section j below). experienced proofreaders and other such resources to improve the presentation and mechanics of your thesis prior to submitting it to the committee.edu/irb/. With the acceptance letter from the department. All thesis drafts should be typed on a word processor (double-spaced. you must submit the thesis to all members of your committee for defense approval. and other writing conventions.php?s=advforms. carefully proofread. Two weeks before scheduling your oral exam. F. the proposed methodology for answering the question. and utilize appropriate bibliographic references to generate a thesis prospectus of approximately 20 pages outlining the background of the question. This material should then be distributed to the other committee members. and determine whom you will ask to serve as your permanent chair. you should narrow your potential topics by considering gaps in the research literature (thesis) or practical applications (project). C. grammar. including the data collection instruments and procedures to be used in the study. During this same time. you should continue working with your thesis chair to complete a draft of the first three chapters of the thesis. You should carefully proofread this preliminary draft for content. During the first semester. and submitted on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper or as electronic e-mail attachments).Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Process for Generating a Linguistics Thesis or Project A. After completing Ling 604. you should begin to actively read and document professional research articles and books in the range of subject areas that your might later choose for a thesis or project topic. You should also consider the interests of faculty members in this process. B. you can also obtain feedback from other committee members during the drafting and review process. The thesis should be submitted chapter by chapter to the thesis chair. This material is available online from: http://orca. Of course. style. It should never simply be submitted as a whole. since this does not allow for revisions along the way that could affect subsequent portions of the work. Continued… 24 . For specific information concerning ETD formatting. spelling. Your are therefore encouraged to utilize the university writing center. following LSA style. you will be informed which faculty members have been assigned as your initial chair and committee. If you are using human subjects as part of your research study. The chair is responsible for reviewing each chapter and providing feedback to you. you should narrow your list of potential research questions to one. In consultation with the Ling 604 instructor and permanent chair (if determined).byu.edu/gradstudies/forms/forms. During the second semester. you must complete the appropriate forms to receive permission from BYU's Institutional Review Board (IRB) to proceed with the study. You should work closely with your thesis chair to successfully complete your thesis. and what you expect to find. you should work closely with your chair and the department secretary.
Candidates are examined on thesis content and quality as well as appropriate coursework preparation for the thesis topic. Theses in electronic format receive broader exposure and make you part of a worldwide learning community as your thesis and the results of your research are made available to scholars throughout the world. Also see http://etd. When all revisions have been accepted by your committee. You must schedule the oral exam two weeks.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Process for Generating a Linguistics Thesis or Project Continued… G. Before scheduling your thesis defense.edu/gradstudies/forms/forms. Typically. Pass with Qualifications. and committee signatures are collected on the ADV Form 8d and not in the thesis signature pages.edu. 25 . you must apply for graduation at: https://y. and submit the thesis to the library. or Fail. to the day.edu/ry/ae/prod/acad_plan/cgi/stdGraduationApp. before the actual exam by completing ADV Form 8C Departmental Scheduling of Final Oral Examination. you will be required to make additional revisions following the oral exam and prior to final manuscript submission. For ETDs. J. For example. Recess. there are some special guidelines. I. You should review deadline guidelines and application forms (ADV Form 08) available online at: http://www. you must obtain signatures on ADV Form 8d from all committee members.cgi. H.byu. All theses are now submitted to the library as ETD (Electronic Theses and Dissertations). The library does not require paper copies. You should work carefully with both your advisory committee chair and the department secretary to complete this process.byu.byu. Results of the oral exam are Pass. but you or your committee may want a bound paper copy in addition to the electronic copy.php?s=advforms. margins must be one inch on all sides. The oral examination takes approximately two hours.
. 15. and proposed timeline and budget for the project. This product may be in whatever format the advisory committee deems most appropriate—a written report.. 7. a curriculum. 9. For the project to receive final approval.g. The project must clearly demonstrate a thorough. activities. market survey. interests. which may take place in either a domestic or international setting. 10. not rough. It should also require a synthesis of relevant concepts within that theoretical framework.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Project Expectations for TESOL or Linguistics The following criteria (approved by BYU’s Graduate Council) are designed to ensure that TESOL and Linguistics MA projects will be of high. For the project to receive final approval. In addition to development. e. the project experience must also involve the evaluation of its outcomes.e. when appropriate) must be delivered in Ling 695 (TESOL MA only). When human subjects are involved in the piloting and assessment of the project. 14. 26 . The nature and purpose of the project should be congruent with the strengths.e. IP&T 665 for a video-based project). The project development process may include a needs analysis. 11. work must be finished (i. That is. and/or a review of relevant literature. a two-credit project should represent around 90 hours of work. The project product must be functional and usable in the real world. the development of the project should clearly be an exercise in critical thinking. statement of methods. 2. an assessment instrument. 4. A rationale for its existence must be supplied by the student. not just partially done) 12. In other words. Although these other criteria are just as significant as time. 17. The project must result in a tangible product of some sort. of publishable quality). and/or needs of the BYU Linguistics Department and the faculty who serve on the student’s advisory committee. 5. consisting of a chair and two other members. real-world need. graduate-level quality: 1. its development must be completed (i. The results of these processes will be submitted to the student’s advisory committee in the form of a prospectus that includes a rationale. pre-testing (to establish baseline performance). 6. 13. When completed. the project must be presented and defended before the student’s project advisory committee. the time devoted to a project’s development is also important and should amount to around 45 clock hours per credit hour. 8. 16. Such experiences (to a maximum of 9 hours of Ling 688R) must be approved in advance by students’ project advisory committee. The project must have a practical orientation and meet a demonstrated. Any of various technology-based or traditional media will be allowed (with the completion of corresponding coursework. All projects require approval in advance by the student’s graduate advisory committee. a portfolio. holistic understanding of current theory related to it. Elective courses on the student’s program of study will be determined in consultation with the student’s graduate advisory committee and reflect the nature of that student’s project. This evaluation will include qualitative or quantitative analysis. A final report on the project (including a demonstration of it. appropriate procedures must be followed and approvals from BYU’s Human Subjects Committee must be obtained. etc. 3.. The project development process may include a relevant field experience. instructional software.
The primary responsibility of your project committee is to review the content of your project report. your finished project and project report must be submitted to all members of your committee for defense approval.edu/irb/) to receive permission from BYU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). and be submitted on 8 1/2'‖ x 11‖ white paper (or electronically).php?s=advforms. spelling. review of literature. The department will also distribute a listing of potential and ongoing projects that our TESOL faculty are interested in having students work on.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Steps to Writing a TESOL Project A. When it is being developed. but it must also include at least two faculty members of your project committee. and other writing conventions.byu. F. and other such resources to improve the presentation and mechanics of the project report prior to submitting it to your committee. Your chair is responsible for reviewing each chapter and providing feedback to you. D. you will be informed which faculty members are part of your project advisory committee. This material should then be distributed to the other committee members. If you need assistance. you present a preliminary version of the final project orally as part of the requirements for the seminar course. Upon admission to the M. You should arrange to meet with your project committee chair as soon as possible and begin to organize a timeline for the completion of your project. program. you must complete the appropriate forms (available online from http://orca. Based on your own interests. be carefully proofread. 27 . G.A. it should never simply be submitted as a whole. C. If you are using human subjects as part of your project. B. You should submit your project chapter by chapter to your project chair. You should work with your project chair to complete a draft of the initial sections of your project report (introduction.byu. Your committee may also recommend changes in your elective coursework at this time. The first step towards successfully completing a TESOL MA project is to get to know the TESOL faculty and their specialties. and it is due to the department secretary (along with your other application materials) by January 15. word choice. grammar. E. you are urged to utilize the university writing center.edu/gradstudies/forms/forms. Then you should organize a meeting at which your entire committee discusses (and approves) your project’s scope and design. This timeline will also include when your coursework will be completed. You should do this when you are a TESOL Graduate Certificate student. since this does not allow for revisions along the way that can affect subsequent portions of the work. as well as your plan for completing your project. Typically during your final semester. Your committee should not be required to address basic writing aspects of your report. project description) and your plan for the development of your project. You should work closely with your project chair to successfully complete your project. This presentation will be attended by your classmates. experienced proofreaders. style. you need to prepare a project prospectus that will be part of the materials you submit for application to the MA TESOL Program. Please proofread this semifinal draft carefully for content. You can also obtain feedback from other committee members during this draft and review process. At least two weeks before scheduling your project defense (final oral exam). as well as the specialties and ongoing projects of the TESOL faculty. Ling 695. H. For specific formatting guidelines see ADV 11 forms at http://www. All project drafts should follow APA style. This prospectus can be no more that 750 words long.
assessing its effectiveness. syllabus design.php?s=advforms. see the detailed explanation in the ―Final Oral Defense‖ section on the next page of this handbook. Examples of Possible Linguistics and TESOL MA Projects Ling MA Projects 1. methodology. M. 3.edu/gradstudies/forms/forms. Please allow time for these revisions in your schedule. Pass with Qualifications. A software tool that assists translators in translation. and submit the project to the library. in some useful way. and making recommendations based on that assessment. phonological. and should work carefully with both their chair and the department secretary to complete this process. A dictionary of a language that significantly improves on any existing dictionaries. 8. Possible results of the oral exam are Pass. generating morphological. Also. materials. piloting these modules. students are required to make additional revisions to their projects or reports following the oral exam and prior to final project report submission. You should review deadlines and download application forms (ADV Form 8) at http://www. You must schedule the oral exam at least two weeks. and formative summative evaluation. 7. 3. You may be examined on project content and quality as well as appropriate coursework preparation for the project topic. 7. A computer program that recognizes speech that improves on existing systems.edu. Creating and piloting a computer-adaptive English language examination and analyzing the items in it as well as its overall effectiveness and usability. 2. goals and objectives. 8. dictionaries. grammar checkers. 5. 4. A program that models linguistic behavior.byu. piloting them. Also see http://etd. Training and supervising undergraduate interns involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages and documenting the outcomes of this process. or syntactic patterns that more closely approximate human-generated patterns. setting it up. When all revisions have been accepted by the committee. and assessing their effectiveness and usability. before the actual defense. which in some way improve on existing systems. Developing software for computer-assisted language learning and assessing its effectiveness and usability. or Fail. students must obtain signatures from all committee members. online helps. Designing an ESL/EFL program for use in a specific situation in Latin America. A grammatical description of a language that significantly improves on existing grammars.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Steps to Writing a TESOL Project Continued… TESOL Project Continued… I. A tutorial that significantly improves on existing methods of teaching some aspect of linguistics. and assessing their effectiveness. The oral examination may take up to two hours. Students are now required to convert their project report to an electronic format (ETD) for broader exposure. to the day. Developing Web-based modules for teaching and/or testing English language skills. Typically. J.cgi. Recess.) 6. 2. A computer program that parses some language that improves on existing parsers. Developing the curriculum for an ESL/EFL program (including needs analysis.edu/ry/ae/prod/acad_plan/cgi/stdGraduationApp. operating it. 6. Conducting a thorough. Before scheduling your project defense (Final Oral Examination). K. professional-quality evaluation of an existing program for teaching English to speakers of other languages and then writing and submitting an extensive written report describing the process and outcomes of the evaluation.. in-depth. etc.byu. 28 . 4. Developing an ESL/EFL teacher training program and related materials. A program that manipulates or sorts data in a language corpus. TESOL MA Projects 1. you must apply for graduation at: https://y.byu. 5.
and obtain signatures from all committee members on the scheduling form.edu/ry/ae/prod/acad_plan/cgi/stdGraduationApp. for instance. you present a brief overview of the rationale. Attendance at the Final Oral Exam: The final thesis/project defense is an announced public event. room. You should take full responsibility to ensure that the final copy of your thesis/project is accurately formatted and proofread in accordance with the appropriate style guide. 29 . You must be enrolled for at least two credits the semester of the defense.byu. the rationale behind your thesis or project. thorough analysis of the questions or problems posed. date. non-committee members cannot vote. time. the ETD and ADV Form 8d must be turned in to the library before graduation day in order to avoid paying tuition for the next semester/term. Students and all guests must be prompt at the oral defense. check with your committee members to see which they prefer). You are encouraged to attend at least one oral examination before defending your own thesis/project. you must schedule a room for the defense through the department secretary. and thesis/project title must be turned in to the Linguistics and English Language Secretary at least two weeks in advance of the defense date. how your work relates to the discipline as a whole.‖ all at a level appropriate for a master’s degree. Go to http://www. Final Oral Defense: In the oral examination.edu/gradstudies/forms/forms. The defense cannot be scheduled until this draft has been made available to all committee members and reviewed and approved by them at least 2 weeks before you schedule your defense. the way you addressed those questions. you should also provide an explanation of your role and contributions. design.‖ You are expected to show ―currency in the field. Make three paper copies of the formatted defense draft of the thesis or project report and give one copy to each committee member two weeks before scheduling the defense (some faculty may prefer to receive electronic copies.php?s=advforms and print a copy of the ―Departmental Scheduling of Final Oral Examination‖ ADV Form 8C.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Final Oral Defense Scheduling Your Final Oral Defense First. Pass with Qualifications. University and Graduate Studies guidelines state that this exam should be ―demanding and fair. The signed form with signatures. you must schedule an oral defense. Any faculty member may also attend the final exam of any student. Then work with all the members of your advisory committee to select a defense date that works for all parties. and the implications of your work for future research or practice.byu. However. and synthesis of knowledge in the discipline. Also. You are expected to be able to demonstrate. Second. Recess. This can be done only after applying for graduation. please note that after your defense. apply for graduation. after which members of the graduate committee take turns asking questions to evaluate the quality of the work. If you worked on a research or development team. Possible results of the oral exam are Pass. Proper reviewing takes time and cannot be done at the last minute. or Fail.cgi. some may prefer paper. results and conclusions of your study or project. Once you have an agreeable date and time. the questions or issues the work was designed to address. The graduation application is found at: https://y. after satisfactorily completing the development of your thesis/project.
After the library. You will receive emails as to the progress of the ETD in this process. If the format is approved. After all your committee members have approved the final draft of your thesis/project and signed your ADV Form 8d. Once the ETD has been approved by the department and then the college. You are then finished. If there are any problems with the ETD.php?s=advforms). you need to either email or bring in your thesis/project to the Linguistics and English Language department secretary to have the format approved. then the department graduate coordinator or secretary will sign ADV Form 8d. you will take the stamped ADV form 8d and the title page to the Graduate Office. The LAO will stamp your form and have you pay any fees if you are requesting a bound copy. Email the approved thesis/project to The College Graduate Coordinator. you then convert the thesis to a PDF file and upload it as your ETD. Ray Clifford and take him ADV Form 8d to sign.edu/gradstudies/forms/forms. and you will receive an email indicating what problems you need to fix. or Selected Projects‖ found online at http://www. 30 .byu.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Final Oral Defense Continued… Turn in Thesis/Project to the Library: A final revised manuscript (based on issues raised during the oral exam) must be submitted to the chair for approval (see ADV Form 11 ―Minimum Standards for Submitting Dissertations. The offices behind the library information desk can help you with this step. it is sent to the department. you will receive an email from the university telling you to take ADV Form 8d and a copy of the thesis title page to the Library Administration Offices on the second floor of the HBLL. As you upload and submit your ETD. Theses. it will not be approved. Once you have corrected any problems. After he has signed the form. you need to upload and resubmit the ETD again. and then the college for final approvals.
byu. your degree will be awarded. to obtain initial job placements or admission to doctoral programs. Students completing requirements after graduation deadlines can receive a letter of completion for employment purposes. degrees will be posted the following semester. Graduates may also contribute in various ways to strengthening the graduate program and its reputation. Many former students continue their friendships with other students and with faculty members. Our network of former graduates continues to grow nationally and internationally.Linguistics/TESOL Graduate Handbook 2010-2011 Completion of Degree Receiving the Master’s Degree After all qualifications have been met (course work is completed. Graduation deadlines (ADV Form 8) can be found at http://www.edu/gradstudies/forms/forms.php?s=ad vforms. Some continue to publish or to work in collaboration with faculty. and your thesis/project is successfully defended). Some receive assistance 31 . and we will be happy to include you in that network. Continuing Our Relationship We hope that as a program graduate you will keep in touch with the department faculty in mutually beneficial relationships. In such cases.
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