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2006.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Foreign Language Department Offers New Master’s in Language Teaching

Omaha - The Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) announced today a new sequence of graduate courses that culminate in a Master of Arts in Language Teaching (MALT) degree.  The degree is a new and unique offering in Nebraska.        

MALT is a multidisciplinary, 36-credit hour graduate program that will involve foreign language faculty, UNO's Department of English and the UNO College of Education.  The sequence of courses focuses on language, language acquisition and teaching methods designed to reinforce and build upon the language skills and knowledge of language educators.  The majority of classes will be offered evenings and during UNO summer sessions.

"The MALT degree will draw from current faculty who teach French, German, Spanish, English, linguistics, literature, culture, foreign language methods, education, instructional technology and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)," said Carolyn Gascoigne, chair of foreign languages at UNO.  "Students who complete the course work will greatly enhance their knowledge and be much better prepared to teach foreign languages and/or English as a second or other language."

Students will select one of four possible MALT concentrations – French, German, Spanish or TESOL.  Basic admission requirements include having an undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and letters of recommendation.  Specific admission requirements differ for students interested in the foreign language concentrations, TESOL or for nonnative speakers of English.

"We know there is a tremendous need for this kind of degree," Gascoigne said.  "The United States needs more people who are fluent in other languages and many, many more language teachers.  MALT will help our city, state and region."

For more MALT information, including admission requirements, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/foreignlanguages/malt.html or call (402) 554-4841.

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