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SLAT 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:

Beatrice Dupuy, Ph.D. , SLAT Director and Professor of French

Jonathon Reinhardt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

Contributing members:

Mary Wildner-Bassett, Ph.D., Professor of German

Jill Castek, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies

Shelley Staples, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English

Michael Hammond, Ph.D., Professor of Linguistics

Sandiway Fong, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Linguistics

New faculty coming soon!


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 Graduate Advisor or the SLAT Director will review and approve any requested course substitutions.


Category A:    Core course (3 credits)


ENGL 589        Internet Technologies in Second/Foreign Language Education (Staples, every

                        other fall, F2F, online by 2018)


Category B: Elective choices, select three courses (9 credits)


Select two among (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: and follow the instructions to create an account and submit your materials.  Application questions may be directed to or (520) 621-7391.

Last updated 1 Nov 2016