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Comprehensive Exam

MA in Linguistics for TESOL Professionals students complete a Comprehensive Exam that addresses the Linguistics core.

The Comprehensive Exam is timed. Students provide written responses to a series of questions of varying lengths, each of which requires application of a different core linguistic concept to a data set.

To take the Comprehensive Exam, students must be enrolled in at least one credit hour.

In addition to the timed exam, non-thesis TESOL students have a second Comprehensive requirement: Prepare a portfolio of professionally and academically relevant materials and upload these to a web-based environment. Support for preparing and submitting the web-based portfolio is available to LING-TESOL students during the spring semester through a collaboration with ALTEC (Anderson Language Technology Center) and the Foreign Language Technology Program.

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