Foreign Languages, French Concentration, M.A.T.
Jun Da, Program Director
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers the Master of Arts in Teaching with concentrations in French, German, or Spanish. Also offered is a minor at the graduate level. Students who would like to minor in world languages should determine the requirements based on their major curriculum in consultation with their advisors.
This degree is intended to prepare native and non-native speakers of the world language for a career in world language teaching at the elementary or secondary level. Students planning to teach in elementary school must be licensed prior to admission to the M.A.T. program. Those planning to teach on the secondary level may be already licensed or may pursue licensure while enrolled in the M.A.T. program; however, requirements for admission to teacher education must be met. Students select a concentration from French, German, or Spanish.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching in Foreign Languages program with a French concentration, applicant must have earned at least 24 semester hours of French. Students may complete up to 6 hours of these as undergraduate hours while concurrently enrolled in the graduate program. Native speakers must consult with the graduate director regarding this requirement.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. A combined score of 291 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination is considered indicative of potential for an acceptable level of academic performance.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
- submit two letters of reference;
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
The Master of Arts in Teaching in Foreign Languages with a concentration in French requires completion of 33 hours.
- complete a minimum of 33 semester hours including 24 hours in world language courses as listed below; no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dual-listed as undergraduate/graduate hours can be counted toward the degree;
- complete a professional education component approved by the chair of the Educational Leadership Department;
- achieve an oral proficiency level in the target language (French) of at least "Advanced" and a written proficiency level of "Advanced Plus" on the ACTFL scale; students should consult the world languages graduate director for additional information on this requirement;
- demonstrate a basic reading knowledge in a language other than French; this requirement may be met by passing a world language reading examination or by earning a final grade of A or B (83%) in GERM 5990 or SPAN 5920 or by passing a reading examination;
- successfully complete a written comprehensive examination that covers language teaching methods and the language, literature, and culture of the French language (may be taken no more than twice).
Curriculum: Foreign Languages, French
Candidate must complete 33 hours in the following course of study:
Core (6 hours)
FL 5500 - Introduction to Teaching Foreign Language
Prerequisite: Permission of graduate coordinator. Introduces students to a variety of approaches and methods for foreign language instruction in elementary or secondary schools.
FL 6990 - Internship
3 to 6credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of graduate coordinator. Three credits are given for a supervised teaching internship at MTSU; six credits are given for a teaching internship abroad. Under certain circumstances a self-designed, nonteaching internship may be undertaken locally or in a foreign country where the target language is spoken. Students should consult the graduate director in Foreign Languages and Literatures for details.
Concentration Core (12 hours)
FREN 6000 - Seminar in French Studies
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Comprehensive study of history and structure of French language; advanced stylistics leading to research project of cultural, literary, or linguistic topic.
- 9 hours of electives in 5000- or 6000-level French courses
Guided Electives (6 hours)
FL 6010 - Foreign Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice
Prerequisite: Permission of graduate coordinator. Acquaints students with major theories of foreign language acquisition and various approaches to language learning.
FL 6700 - Introduction to Linguistics
Prerequisite: Permission of graduate coordinator. Basic concepts of linguistic analysis, which are applied to linguistic phenomena in French, German, Spanish, and English.
FL 6750 - Romance Linguistics
Prerequisite: FL 6700, ENGL 6651, or permission of graduate coordinator. Introduces linguistic heritage of Latin as manifested in modern Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Sardinian, and Rumanian. Earlier language stages as well as mechanisms of language evolution also examined. Knowledge of one Romance language helpful but not required.
FL 6800 - Instructional Technology in Foreign Language Education
Prerequisite: Permission of graduate coordinator. An introductory course with an emphasis on telecommunication and computer applications. Critical examination and evaluation of existing technologies and programs.
FL 6900 - Issues in Foreign Language Acquisition
1 to 3credit hours
Prerequisite: Approval of graduate coordinator. Independent study to address a problem or investigate an issue agreed upon by both student and instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
Professional Education Component (9 hours)
Students take 9 hours of approved Educational Leadership courses at the 6000 level (in general, SPSE, FOED and YOED), unless the candidate is choosing the licensure option. Those seeking licensure should consult an advisor.
Candidates for the M.A.T. with a major in Foreign Languages and a concentration in either French, German, or Spanish may choose whether or not to seek licensure to teach. The curriculum selected is based on the individual's preference and need:
- for those already licensed to teach in the state of Tennessee;
- for those who seek licensure in conjunction with the M.A.T. degree;
- for those who wish to pursue the degree without teacher licensure in Tennessee.
The foreign language requirement under each option is the same; candidates should consult an advisor in the Educational Leadership Department regarding the courses pertinent to their degree and career goals.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.