New Minors Available in Fall 2020
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In Fall 2020, UTA students will be able to add two new minors to their degree plans. A minor in Modern Language Teaching will be available in all of our language programs, and for students interested in Spanish language study, a new minor in Spanish Linguistics will be available.

 

Modern Language Teaching

The minor in Modern Language Teaching is intended for students who wish to teach foreign languages in the secondary education environment. These courses are designed to prepare students with a deep knowledge of foreign language and professional expertise in teaching the target language. Learning outcomes will consist of demonstrated proficiency in the target language in all skills - speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will also learn about modern pedagogical theory, theories of second langauge acquisition, and how to apply these theories to classroom methodology. Finally, students will gain hands-on experience and mentoring, through an internship with an area school. View the course requirements here.

Please note that to complete teaching certification, students will need to partner with an external certification program recognized by the Texas Education Agency. If you have any questions, you can write to us at modladvisor@uta.edu

 

Spanish Linguistics

The new program in Spanish Linguistics will be available as a minor (18 hours) and a certificate (15 hours). These courses are designed to prepare students who wish to develop communicative competence and deep knowledge of the Spanish language as a linguistics system. They will be exposed to modern linguistic theory and the practical application of those theories to teaching, research, translation, and interpreting. They will also learn to apply these theories to professions in healthcare, business, and government sectors.

Learning outcomes will consist of demonstrated technical mastery of the Spanish language, including writing, pronunciation, structure, and the history of the language. Students will also learn about social and dialectical variation, with an emphasis on Latin American Spanish, Castillian Spanish, and heritage vernacular dialects. 

The skills developed through a minor in Spanish Linguistics complement many undergraduate programs in Linguistics, International Business, Spanish Translation and Interpreting, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Psychology, English, Bilingual Education and Nursing. View the course requirements here.

Next Steps

If you're interested to add one of these minors to your degree plan, you can download the forms, complete the required fields, and send an email to modladvisor@uta.edu