Certificate in Technology in Second Language Teaching

SLAT’s Certificate in Technology in Second Language Teaching offers students an introduction to various classroom and language-learning technologies and how they are used to assist second language acquisition and second language teaching. Upon completion, students should have a basic understanding of current technologies available to support second language teaching and
learning, and have gained some practical experience in their use. At completion students are expected to:

  • Understand the various technologies available to support foreign language
    teaching and learning, and criteria for their critical assessment;
  • learn to evaluate various approaches to computer-assisted language teaching and
    learning on the basis of theories and research in the SLA field;
  • be aware of the current and emerging technologies in the field of language pedagogy;
  • gain knowledge of and skills in integrating appropriate technologies in
    curriculum and syllabus design and adaptation; and
  • show ability to implement a variety of  technologies in the foreign/second language classroom.



Certificate students are advised initially by the SLAT Graduate advisor.  Those seeking further assistance with constructing a certificate program that enhances their professional goals may also seek advice from one of the faculty members listed below:

Primary faculty members:
Emily Hellmich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian
Jonathon Reinhardt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of English

The primary members teach most of the required courses and are the core faculty for the certificate.

Contributing members:
Jill Castek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies
Julieta Fernandez, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Sandiway Fong, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics
Michael Hammond, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Linguistics
Blaine Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies
Shelley Staples, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of English
Mary Wildner-Bassett, Ph.D., Professor, Department of German Studies and Department of Public and Applied Humanities

The contributing members occasionally teach either required courses, or courses that would be applicable to certificate elective requirements.

Course Requirements

After reviewing the course requirements below, certificate students should see Kelley Merriam-Castro or Robin Staples in the SLAT Office with any questions about the curriculum.  The SLAT Graduate Advisor or the SLAT Director will review and approve any requested course substitutions.

Course requirements:

Category A:    Core course (3 credits)
Select one of the following (3 units):
ENGL 589       Internet Technologies in Second/Foreign Language Education (Staples, every other Fall, F2F, online by 2018)
FREN 581       Technology and Foreign Language Learning

Category B:    Elective choices, select three courses, (9 credits)
Select two of the following (6 units):
LING 508 Computational Techniques for Linguistics
LING 538 Computational Linguistics
LING 539 Statistical Natural Language Processing
LING 578 Speech Technology
LING 581 Advanced Computational Linguistics
LRC 530 Literacy Technology
LRC 595A* The Role of Technology in Language Arts Instruction
LRC 595A* New Literacies
ENG 596O* Corpus Linguistics

Select one of the following (3 units):
ETCV 510 Learning Theory in Instructional Design
ETCV 511 Learning Technologies in the Digital Age
ETCV 520 Introduction to Instructional Design
ETCV 524 Educational Gaming and Simulations
ETCV 530 Multimedia Applications in Education
ETCV 614 Emerging Technologies in Education
ETCV 622 Introduction to Interface Design
ETCV 623 Designing Online Learning Environments
ETCV 631 Advanced Multimedia

*House numbered courses must be approved by a SLAT advisor before counting toward the SLAT minor or certificate, as instructors and topics rotate.

Applicability of transfer courses to the certificate:
At least 9 units taken while enrolled in the certificate program must be UA courses. Transfer work typically will not be accepted. However, in special circumstances the graduate advisor may approve up to 3 units of transfer course work.

Application Instructions

To access the online application for the Certificate in Technology in Second Language Teaching, please go to: https://apply.grad.arizona.edu and follow the instructions to create an account and submit your materials.  Application questions may be directed to GIDP-SLAT@email.arizona.edu or (520) 621-7391.