Course of study
The Certificate curriculum consists of core requirements in four blocks:
(A) Three courses on second language acquisition and teaching (12 credits). [Jump to details]
(B) Language area: Course work on the structure, culture, etc., of the target language (Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, or Spanish; 12 credits). [Jump to details]
(C) Internship/practicum (2-4 credits). [Jump to details]
(D) Target-language proficiency. [Jump to details]
All courses must be taken as graded, except Supervised Tutoring or Internship/Practicum, which is taken Pass/No-Pass.
NOTE: The following courses are recommended as prerequisites to the SLAT curriculum or as additional preparation for language teaching:
- LING 301 Introduction to Linguistics (also satisfies Social Science Group 2 requirement)
- Course work in cross-cultural analysis and communication (e.g., INTL 431)
- Advanced course work in language-specific teaching methodology. There are some pedagogy techniques specific to certain languages, particularly those with non-alphabetic writing systems. Thus, advanced course work in teaching methodologies specific to the student’s language area focus, in addition to the required courses below, is encouraged.
A. Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
This three-course sequence (12 credits) provides solid grounding in developmental, cognitive and psycholinguistic, and socio-cultural issues in language acquisition, and their implications for effective teaching of the pronunciation, vocabulary, and structure of a language. These courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher.
N.B.: Beginning in Fall 2017, SLAT students should take LING 444. The course has no prerequisites, and would be appropriate for any student interested in the SLAT certificate. Students who took LING 440 before Fall 2017 can still use this course for the requirement.
B. Language Area
The language area requirement is satisfied by taking three (3) courses (12 credits), passed with the grade of B- or higher. These courses provide students with knowledge of the structural aspects of a specific language and an understanding of cross-cultural issues that affect language acquisition and communication generally. As a consequence of these specific learning outcomes, graduates will be able to incorporate language content into more effective teaching. Combinations other than those listed here must be approved by the Certificate Advisor.
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|Spanish||any three of:
|Other languages||If you would like to compose a SLAT certificate for other languages taught at UO, contact the SLAT Director.|
The certificate incorporates experiential learning by means of the internship or practicum requirement. At present, practica opportunities have been identified in the American English Institute, the UO Departments of East Asian Languages, Romance Languages, and German and Scandinavian Languages, and in programs in the local 4J public schools. Other possibilities include overseas internships in the IE3 program and UO-sponsored Participatory Learning Experiences (PLEs), with your advisor’s approval. See guidelines for 409 internships.
Choose the appropriate course from the list below and register for the term in which you will carry out the internship. Students who want to earn the SLAT certificate in more than one language must do an internship in each of the target languages.
The internship experience requires the same amount of work regardless of the number of credits (2-4). We offer variable credit to give students more flexibility in composing their schedules and to potentially reduce the cost of tuition.
D. Language proficiency
Recipients of the SLAT certificate must demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in their target language and in English.
- International students must have met the English-language graduation requirements of UO: WR 121 and either WR 122 or 123, AND any required sequence of AEIS courses.
- Students whose target language is English must meet the UO Bachelor of Arts language requirement: proficiency equivalent to two years (203-level) of a non-English language.
- Students whose target language is other than English must demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to the ACTFL Advanced level. This requirement may be met by passing, with the grade of B- or higher, three years of college-level study of the second language, OR by passing an oral interview (e.g. ACTFL OPI), OR other means approved by your advisor.