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A total of 30 credits is required for the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT).  Up to nine graduate credits may be transferred from other accredited institutions toward the fulfillment of these credits with approval from the Program Director. Thus, the program requires that a minimum of 21 credits be completed through MSU. 

REQUIRED COURSES                                                                    

The student must meet the requirements specified below. MAFLT students may enroll in these courses freely. These courses may be taken in any order.

1. All of the following courses (26 credits):

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Semester Offered

FLT 807

Foreign Language Teaching Methods

3

Fall & Summer*

FLT 808

Assessment for Foreign Language Teaching

3

Spring & Summer*

FLT 815

Teaching Culture in Foreign Language Courses

3

Spring

FLT 817

Foreign Language Program Development and Administration

3

Spring

FLT 845

Language Concepts for Foreign Language Teaching

3

Fall

FLT 860

Second Language Acquisition

3

Spring & Summer*

FLT 881

Teaching Foreign Language with Technology

3

Fall

FLT 885

Experiential Module in Foreign Language Teaching

5

Fall, Spring & Summer*

*We offer FLT 807, FLT 808, FLT 860 & FLT 885 in the summer when enrollment warrants it.

Experiential Module(s), 5 credits

MAFLT students may enroll in an Experiential Module with approval of the Program Director or the EM Mentor (who approves an override for the student to enroll in the course). Experiential Modules should be taken during the student’s final year in the program. (Prior to Fall 2014, the Experiential Module was taken as an Independent Study course).

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Semester Offered

FLT 885

Experiential Module in Foreign Language Teaching

5

Fall, Spring & Summer

 

Five credits are required that consist of one Experiential Module for five credits or two Experiential Modules, one for three credits and one for two credits. Students may choose from the list of Experiential Modules that appears in the MAFLT Community folder for Experiential Modules online in Desire2Learn or design other Experiential Modules in consultation with the Experiential Module Mentor (the professor offering the Experiential Module course). Selections will be based on the individual background and professional goals of the student.  An Experiential Module Contract (found online in the MAFLT Community D2L site) must be completed and approved by the student, the EM Mentor, and the Program Director. Currently available Experiential Modules include the following project types:

  • Action Research Project (5 credits)
  • Ethnographic Research Project (5 credits)
  • Community Outreach/Service Learning (5 credits)
  • Language or Area Studies Immersion (5 credits)
  • Teaching Practicum (5 credits)
  • Internship in Program Administration or Teacher Supervision (5 credits)
  • Developing an Assessment Tool (5 credits)
  • Professional Seminars for Teachers (2 or 3 credits)
  • Materials or Curriculum Design (2, 3, or 5 credits)
  • Conference Participation (2 credits)
  • Self-Designed Module (2, 3, or 5 credits)

2. One of the following courses (3 credits)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Semester Offered

FLT 841*

Topics in Foreign Language Teaching*

3

Fall

FLT 842

Teaching Reading in a Foreign Language

3

Spring & Summer*

*The topics of FLT 841 are determined by the professor teaching the course. The topics may vary from year to year.

Note: Prior to Fall 2014, these courses (listed above) were taught under LLT and AL subject codes. Therefore, any of the courses taken under the LLT or AL subject code prior to Fall 2014 count toward the MAFLT degree. These were LLT 807, LLT 808, AL 815, AL 817, LLT 822 (which is equivalent to FLT 845), LLT 841, AL 845, LLT 860, and AL 881.

3. Complete the following course:

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Semester Offered

FLT 898

MA Comprehensive Exam

1

Fall, Spring & Summer

 

Comprehensive MAFLT Portfolio Exam, 1 credit

MAFLT students may enroll in the MA Comprehensive Exam (Portfolio Exam) with approval of the Program Director (who approves an override for the student to enroll in the examination). The Comprehensive (Portfolio) Exam should be taken during the student’s final semester in the program. This exam involves review and approval of the portfolio content by appointed faculty members. 

After admittance to the MAFLT Program, students receive via email a Personal Identification number (PID) from the university, and a university login name and a password that is used for MSU email, billing, and also for registering for classes. MAFLT students may register at any time for any of the FLT (Foreign Language Teaching) courses with no restrictions. To do so, MAFLT students go to http://schedule.msu.edu and search for FLT courses during the semester in which they would like to take the class or classes. They click on the icon in front of the course listing to add that course to their "course planner." (This is the same place where students can un-enroll from classes.) Non-MAFLT students (students in other MSU degree programs or MSU-external, Lifelong Education Students) will need an override to register for MAFLT (FLT) courses. An override to enroll in a class can be obtained by emailing the professor of the course or the MAFLT Program Director. The professor or director need the student's PID to provide the override. (Lifelong Education students receive a PID via email after registering as a Lifelong Education Student.) After one obtains an override, then he or she goes to http://schedule.msu.edu, searches for the FLT course for which an override was provided, clicks on the icon in front of that course listing, and then adds that course to their "course planner."