Teaching Foreign Language (MATFL)

The MA in Teaching Foreign Languages program will help you fine-tune your language skills and launch a career in education. Our graduates are frequently offered positions as university professors, language program administrators, and educational technologists around the world.

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Requirements for Admission

I. Coursework at Middlebury

Completion of a BA with a minor in linguistics from Middlebury or completion of
LNGT 0101 Introduction to Linguistics and LNGT 0102 Introduction to Sociolinguistics.  A grade of B or better is required in all linguistics courses taken at Middlebury.

II. Language Skills

Students are required to have advanced language skills in the language they expect to teach in order to be admitted to the MATFL program. They must enter the MATFL program with a minimum 400-level language proficiency in their language of focus. Students will be asked to submit a language writing sample during the application process and will undergo an interview in the language. If not native speakers of the language in question, they will also take a Language Placement Exam upon arrival at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) during New Student Orientation which will confirm their language skills. Those wishing to gain a sense of their abilities may take an online diagnostic test. Please note that this diagnostic test is NOT a replacement for the assessment during the application process or during placement testing.

Course Requirements: Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS)

Principles and Practices of Language Teaching (EDUC 8500), Introduction to Classroom Observation (EDUC 8505), Educational Research Methods (EDUC 8510), Curriculum Design (EDUC 8520), Second Language Acquisition (EDUC 8630), Language Assessment (EDUC 8540), Practicum (EDUC 8620), and Portfolio (EDUC 8650).

Students must also take between 8 and 12 credits in the language of their degree focus. The number of credits required will depend on the language taken at Middlebury and the student's demonstrated proficiency. In all cases, students must have a minimum of 30 credits from MIIS to complete this degree.