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Educational Technology - MA in Second Language Learning and Educational Technology

This fully online program is jointly offered by the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) and the Educational Technology Program. The goal of the program is to train second language professionals (foreign language and English as a second language) in the design and implementation of online and blended teaching materials.


As a result of this program, students will be able to:

  • Design and implement language content courses taking into account current second language acquisition theoretical frameworks as well as current learning theory and instructional design principles in educational technology.
  • Use the most appropriate techniques and web-based tools in the implementation of language courses.
  • Use the most up to date techniques to engage students in their courses, including educational games and simulations.
  • Assess student’s performances when designing materials as well as objectively assessing the materials themselves.


  1. Summer Session (face-to-face)
    a. ENGL 613 Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages OR GER/SLAT 579 Issues/Methods in Post-Second Foreign Language Teaching/Learning
    b. ETCV 511 Learning Technologies in the Digital Age

  2. Fall Session (online)
    a. ENGL/SLAT 589 Internet Technologies in L2 Teaching and Learning
    b. ETCV 520 Introduction to Instructional Design
    c. ETCV 510 Learning Theory in Instructional Design

  3. Spring Session (online)
    a. FREN/SLAT 581 Technology and Foreign Language Learning
    b. ETCV 623 Designing Online Learning Environments
    c. ETCV 512 Student Engagement in Online Learning Environments

  4. Summer Session (face-to-face)
    a. GER/SLAT 587 Testing and Evaluation in Foreign/Second Language Programs
    b. FREN 583 Materials Development OR ENGL/SLAT 596O Topics in Second Language Teaching (Curriculum Development and Syllabus Design).
    c. SLAT 596B Capstone and Portfolio


FREN 581 Technology and Foreign Language Learning. This course focuses on the use of technology in foreign language learning. It has three parts: 1) theory, how computers fit within concepts of L2 acquisition; 2) pedagogy, how computers have been used in the classroom & 3) application, the design & implementation a segment of instruction.
 Identical to: SLAT 581

ENGL 589: Internet Technologies in L2 Teaching and Learning. This course explores theory, practice, and pedagogical application of the latest Internet and computer technologies in second/foreign language education, including synchronous and asynchronous chat, blog, wiki/collaborative docs, audio (podcasting), video, virtual world/digital gaming, mobile/handheld computing, and social networking technologies, in view of CALL (computer-assisted language learning), CMC (computer-mediated communication), SLA/D (second language acquisition and development), and literacies research. Identical to: SLAT 589

GER 579 Issues/Methods in Post-Second Foreign Language Teaching/ Learning. Methods of post-secondary foreign language pedagogy. Discussion of broader issues of second language acquisition learner variables, including learning styles; the history of foreign language, education standards for foreign language learning and post-secondary teaching as a career. Identical to: EAS 579, FREN 579, LAT 579, RSSS 579, SLAT 579, SPAN 579

ENGL 613 Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This course provides an overview of teaching English to speakers of other languages with an emphasis on methodology. Looking at all elements of the L2 classroom including the learner, the teacher, and input, this course is highly interactive with a focus on practical application. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are treated integratively on a grammar-communication continuum. Discussions on teaching methods and skills in second or foreign language contexts are facilitated by simulated teaching demonstrations, classroom observations, and guest presenters. Theories are discussed to the extent that the practical understanding of teaching methods is enhanced. Likewise, practical issues of teaching methods will be addressed whenever theories of language teaching and learning are introduced.

ENGL 596O Topics in Second Language Teaching (Curriculum Development and Syllabus Design). The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 613 or equivalent. May be repeated: for credit 2 times (maximum 3 enrollments) Identical to: SLAT 596O

FREN 583 Materials Development. 
This course focuses on how to design and implement modern foreign/second language instruction materials. We look at language acquisition issues as well as pedagogical issues. Participants are also asked to design and implement a segment of instruction.

GER 587 Testing and Evaluation in Foreign/Second Language Programs. Introduction to fundamental concepts, principles and problems of psychometric measurement relevant to FL/L2 learning. Types of tests and their uses, test construction, analysis and interpretation of results. Identical to: SLAT 587, CLAS 587, ENGL 587, RSSS 587, EAS 587, FREN 587, SPAN 587

SLAT 596B Capstone and Portfolio. Final course in the SLL/ET MA program. In this course students will create a web-based portfolio of their design and implementation experiences in the MA. In addition they will describe the materials and self-assess them. 3 credits.

ETCV 510 Learning Theory in Instructional Design. Introductory course examining three major paradigms of human learning from which various learning theories, approaches, interventions, strategies, and techniques have stemmed. Emphasis is placed on relationships between theory and practice in instructional design.

ETCV 511: Learning Technologies in the Digital Age. Introductory course emphasizing a hands-on approach to exploring, integrating, and developing technology-augmented learning using research-based methods. The course is directed at instructional technologists and educators.

ETCV 512 Student Engagement in Online Learning Environments. The study of social, constructivist and contemporary theoretical perspectives in online learning environments within the context of student engagement, participation, persistence, and retention of content. Review of the literature will be stressed, including exploration of tested methods of implementation strategies in both successful and unsuccessful applications. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of theoretical constructs and empirically established methods that optimize engagement, participation, and learning in online environments.

ETCV 520 Introduction to Instructional Design. Introductory course addressing instructional design methods and theories with emphasis on technology-augmented instruction.

ETCV 524 Educational Gaming and Simulations. Study of educational gaming from theoretical and design perspectives, and the practical aspects of evaluating and implementing games, simulations, and virtual environments for teaching and learning. The societal and cultural impact of games and simulations, specifically as they relate to education will also be examined.

ETCV 623 Designing Online Learning Environments. This course addresses the principles of online learning environment design. Emphasize will be placed on research-based guidelines developed for synchronous and asynchronous forms of online education.


ETCV 530: Multimedia Applications in Education. Introduction to multimedia concepts, design, and instructional applications. Students will study various multimedia authoring tools to create interactive, engaging, and student-centered teaching and learning materials.

ETCV 547 Educational Evaluation. Program evaluation in educational technology. Evaluation for use in educational settings of instruction, measurement, and tool software.

ETCV 614: Emerging Technologies in Education. Study trends and issues in educational technology as well as examine emerging and open source technology applications.

ETCV 622 Introduction to Interface Design. Principles of educational human-computer interface design with an emphasis on visual design, cognitive components of design, and their impact on learning.

For Additional Information

SLAT Program
Modern Languages, Room 549
1423 East University Blvd.
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067
(520) 621-7391
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