[lg policy] Indiana: University of Southern Indiana to offer master’s degree focused on language acquisition, policy and culture

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 19:48:04 UTC 2015

 USI to offer master’s degree focused on language acquisition, policy and
12/9/2015 | John Farless
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The University of Southern Indiana’s College of Liberal Arts will begin
offering a new Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition, Policy, and
Culture <http://www.usi.edu/liberal-arts/ma-language> (MASPC) degree in
summer 2016. The degree was approved by the USI Board of Trustees in summer
2015, and has now been approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher

Housed in the Department of World Languages and Cultures in USI’s College
of Liberal Arts, the degree is a collaboration among the University’s
Intensive English Program; Public Administration Department; Communication
Department; and the Education Department in USI’s Pott College of Science,
Engineering, and Education.

“We’re proposing an innovative professional master’s program not currently
offered at universities in the United States,” said Dr. Silvia Rode, chair
of World Language and Cultures. “It’s groundbreaking because of its blended
mode of delivery; its collaborative approach that includes two USI colleges
and three departments; its combined advanced training in second language
acquisition (including TESOL), language policy, and culture studies; and
its local, regional, national and international impact.”

The master’s program is designed to teach foreign languages to non-English
speakers and help shape and respond to a need for regional and
international public policy on multilingualism and multiculturalism. With a
combination of on-campus and online courses, the master’s degree can be
completed in 1.5 years, which includes three summer sessions.

“This program draws on the fact that a global and multi-faceted workforce
offers new perspectives, creative problem solving skills, and innovation in
the workplace and the community,” said Rode. “It gives rising leaders new
perspectives on how they view the world in order to create an inclusive and
productive work environment.”

The Master of Arts in Second Language, Acquisition, Policy, and Culture
includes opportunities to obtain professional certifications
<http://www.usi.edu/liberal-arts/world-languages/certificates> in Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Cultural Awareness
Training (CAT). The embedded certifications are ideal for employers looking
to create effective workforces in increasingly global and diverse business
settings. Undergraduate students interested in graduate school can get a
head start on master’s-level coursework by completing these certificate

Certificate programs are offered based on companies’ needs, time frames and
number of participants. They can be offered on location, on campus and via
Skype. Meeting times can be arranged to include weekends and/or evening

According to data collected by the Indiana Immigration Project, Indiana’s
population is experiencing a steady growth of non-English speakers. The
influx of multilingual immigrants is leading to an increased need for
second language teachers, including TESOL teachers and administrators with
greater expertise in implementing multilingual policies in schools and
state agencies. The expansion of multi-national corporations and medical
facilities in the region demonstrates further need for lingual and
culturally-aware professionals who can advance Indiana’s role as a global

Graduates of the program will be qualified for a variety of careers, such
as education/teaching languages at home and abroad, human resources, public
relations, government, international trade, independent consulting, or in
growth areas such as accommodation and food service, healthcare and social
service, manufacturing, retail trade, and post-secondary education.

For more information about the program contact Dr. Silvia Rode, chair of World
Languages and Cultures <http://www.usi.edu/liberal-arts/world-languages> at
812-465-7026 or sarode at usi.edu. Those interested in applying for the degree
should contact USI’s Graduate Studies <http://www.usi.edu/graduatestudies>.

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