Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

Undergraduate Minor in Second Language Studies

The Minor in Second Language Studies provides an applied science approach to second languages, enhancing students' preparation for: jobs abroad; international relations; global business; language professions; and language learning.

The Undergraduate Minor consists of 5 courses (a total of 15 credit hours, including SLST-S301 and four elective courses chosen from the list below.

Advanced Electives Two (2) courses from the Advanced Electives List

  • SLST-S 302 The Successful Language Learner
  • SLST-S 304 Language Revitalization
  • SLST-S 305 Second Language Acquisiton and Langugae Instruction
  • SLST-S 306 Acquiring New Language Systems
  • SLST- 308 English Grammer and Second Langugae Acquisition
  • SLST-S 312 New Sounds: Foreign Accents an Pronunciation in a Second Language
  • SLST-S 319 Special Topics in Second Language Studies

Additional Electives. Two (2) courses from the Additional Electives List 

  • SLST-S 111 Multilingualism and Society
  • SLST-S 112 Mulitlingualism and the Brain
  • SLST-S 150 Voices of America and Voices of the World
  • SLST-S 204 Language and (In)Tolerance in the US
  • COLL-C 104 Critical Approaches to the Social and Historical Studies

GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:

  • At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  • At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
  • Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
  • A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
  • Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.
"I was drawn to SLST because it was a more focused version of Linguistics, and I was hoping to teach English abroad in the future so this minor sounded perfect to help me with this. I believe that it could make me more marketable in future jobs because I have a more extensive knowledge of the English language, and have been able to look at it in a different perspective." Brittany Fechtmann, Senior

For further information about the minor, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor David Stringer. For more information on how to declare a minor, contact the Academic Advisor, Jennifer Ashcraft.

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Undergraduate Certificate in
TESOL and Second Language Acquisition

The Certificate in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition provides undergraduate students with a rigorous introduction to research on the ways in which speakers of one language acquire another. It also acquaints students with the ways in which second language teaching can facilitate this process. Course work for the Certificate allows students to explore scientific models of linguistic structure and relate them to their own experiences as language learners. It further provides guidance with practical issues that arise in teaching English to adult speakers of other languages. For this reason, the Certificate is particularly appropriate for students who are considering work abroad as teachers of English to adult learners.

Requirements

"As a fresh graduate, I worried about my first job, but the SLS courses provided me with the skills and experience necessary to stand out as a successful applicant for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program; moving abroad to teach has been the best decision of my life, and I put what I learned in SLS classes to use every day in the classroom." Pierce Langdon, 2015 Graduate

The Certificate may only be earned as part of a program of study that leads to a B.A. or B.S. degree. Students must earn a grade of C or higher for any course that counts toward the Certificate. At least 9 credit hours of the certificate must be completed on the Bloomington campus. An integral part of the Certificate program is an internship that provides practical experience in teaching English as a second language to adult learners. This is arranged through participation in SLST-T 435 TESOL Practicum, which may be taken concurrently with SLST-S 305.

Students must complete at least 24 credit hours, including the following requirements:

GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements

  • At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  • At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
  • Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
  • A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
  • A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required


1. Core Courses. Complete both of the following courses:
  • SLST-S 301 Introduction to Second Langauge Acquisition
  • SLST-S 305 Second Language Acquisition and Language Instruction

2. SLST Electives. Complete three (3) of the following courses:
  • SLST-S 111 Multilingualism and Society
  • SLST-S 112 Mulitlingualism and the Brain
  • SLST-S 150 Voices of America and Voices of the World
  • SLST-S 204 Language and (In)Tolerance in the US
  • SLST-S 302 The Successful Language Learner
  • SLST-S 304 Language Revitalization
  • SLST-S 306 Acquiring New Language Systems
  • SLST-S 308 English Grammar and Second Language Acquisition
  • SLST-S 312 New Sounds: Foreign Accents and Pronunciation in a Second Language
  • SLST-S 319 Special Topics in Second Language Studies

3. Additional Electives. Complete at least two (2) of the following courses:
  • Additional course(s) from the SLST Electives list above
  • COLL-C 104 Critical Approaches to Social and Historical Studies (Approved Topics: "Language Hotspots and Biodiversity")
  • EDUC-L 239 Language and Learning
  • EDUC-L 441 Bilingual Education: Introduction
  • EDUC-M 445 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language
  • FRIT-F 315 The Sounds and Rhythms of French
  • FRIT-F 401 Structure and Development of French
  • FRIT-F 402 Introduction to French Linguistics
  • GER-E 336 Introduction to the Structure of Germanic Languages
  • GER-G 448 Introduction to German Phonetics and Phonology
  • GER-G 451 Introduction to German Syntax
  • HISP-S 326 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • HISP-S 429 Hispanic Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics
  • HISP-S 430 The Acquisition of Spanish
  • LING-L 203 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
  • LING-L 315 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • LING-L 325 Semantics
  • SPHS-S 201 Speech and Hearing Physiology
  • SPHS-S 333 Childhood Language
  • SLST-S 111 Multilingualism and Society
  • SLST-S 112 Mulitlingualism and the Brain
  • SLST-S 150 Voices of America and Voices of the World
  • SLST-S 204 Language and (In)Tolerance in the US
  • SLST-S 302 The Successful Language Learner
  • SLST-S 304 Language Revitalization
  • SLST-S 306 Acquiring New Language Systems
  • SLST-S 308 English Grammar and Second Language Acquisition
  • SLST-S 312 New Sounds: Foreign Accents and Pronunciation in a Second Language
  • SLST-S 319 Special Topics in Second Language Studies

4. Practicum. Complete the following course:

The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.