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Linguistics BA/English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education EdM

(HEGIS: 15.05 LINGUISTICS, CIP: 16.0102 Linguistics)

Why study Linguistics BA/English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education EdM at UB?

The Linguistics BA/English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) EdM program is an accelerated, combined degree that leads to a Linguistics BA and an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) EdM in five years.

The coursework in the first three years of the program will provide deep knowledge of linguistics making students content experts. In addition, select education courses that include experiential components give students opportunity to experience the nuances of the teaching profession. The graduate portion of the program will continue to build understanding of language and provide needed skills to become an effective teacher. The final year residency allows students to co-teach alongside an expert teacher to experience the inner workings of the classroom. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.

At the end this program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Core concepts: Students will comprehend the core concepts of linguistics, as well as the basic literature that assumes such concepts.
  • Cognitive/social aspects of language: Students will achieve an awareness of language in its broader cognitive and social context.
  • Language diversity awareness: Students will develop an awareness of linguistic diversity and variability.
  • Critical thinking: Students will master the ability to construct arguments for choosing between alternative analyses of linguistic phenomena and to identify relevant data bearing on the analyses.
  • Problem solving: Students will be able to analyze linguistic data from English or other languages and to construct descriptions of particular linguistic phenomena in particular languages.
  • Communication skills: Students will attain the skills necessary to prepare written and oral presentations on linguistic topics.

Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the Linguistics BA. In addition, graduates of the Linguistics BA/English for Speakers of Other Languages EdM program will:

  • Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that includes critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
  • Promote the application of research and evidence based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.

The Learning Environment

The program in Linguistics offers a variety of courses types from large lecture classes to small seminars. Many of the more advanced undergraduate courses are combined with graduate offerings, allowing undergraduates to get early exposure to graduate-style coursework. Faculty also regularly offer independent studies for students interested in areas that do not match the program's regular offerings. The program provides a capstone experience through a senior seminar on field methods, where students work with a speaker of a language that is unfamiliar to them to learn about its grammar. It also offers an internship program where students learn about language teaching in local public schools.

Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10–18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as remotely. These small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, your placements as “teachers in residence” will provide you comprehensive learning opportunities in a real secondary school classroom setting.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s different class structures. Members of the faculty also maintain their own research labs to support work in areas such as phonetics and computational linguistics.

All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are offered throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK-12 schools.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars whose research specializations include phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. Faculty work on a variety of languages including German, Japanese and Korean as well as languages of the Americas, Africa and the Pacific.

Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the teaching profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research in environments that promote examination of teaching and learning across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Linguistics department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students completing a BA have gone on to law school, medical school, speech and hearing sciences, library sciences, as well as done graduate work within theoretical and applied linguistics. They have also found employment teaching English in countries such as France, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and China and in the fields of publishing, literacy development, marketing, public service organizations, and language technology. Careers open to students with linguistics degrees include:

  • Computational linguistics
  • Editing
  • Educational policy
  • English as a second language instruction
  • Foreign service
  • Journalism
  • Language teaching
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Multicultural services
  • Translation and interpretation

Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be equipped to find professional employment as teachers or curriculum specialists in public, private, and charter schools in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as consultants or researchers in industry, government agencies, museums, or the non-profit sector.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising within Linguistics is done by the Directors of Undergraduate Studies. There are Directors assigned to Linguistics and the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean language programs. Students with questions about degrees within Linguistics should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics, and those with questions about the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean programs should consult with the Directors in charge of those programs. Students interested in one of the Languages and Linguistics concentrations within the Linguistics major are welcome to consult with either the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics or the Director in charge of the relevant language program.

Academic Advising Contact Information

The Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics is Dr. Robert Hoeing. His office hours are regularly posted outside his office, 639 Baldy Hall. The most effective way to reach him outside of office hours is by email.

To schedule education coursework advisement, contact:

Louise Lalli
306 Baldy Hall
Academic Advisor, Office of Educator Preparation
Email Louise Lalli

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

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Associated Subjects

Published: Oct 14, 2020 10:44:15