PhD Program

While the focus of the Program in Second Language Studies/ESL at the doctoral level is broad, the faculty brings expertise in second language assessment, second language writing, World Englishes, and applied linguistics studies. 

Unique feature: The faculty areas of specialization have been tailored to tie in with specific programs within Purdue University. The emphasis in second language writing has close ties to the Program in Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English; second language assessment is directly linked to the Provost's Office Oral English Proficiency Program; World Englishes relates to subfields within the Department of English, namely, post colonial literatures, English linguistics, and cultural studies. Each area also has ties to the Linguistics Program in the College of Liberal Arts.

Length of Program: 4-5 years. Students may be full-time or part-time.

Program Requirements: The Program requires 60 hours of coursework (30 beyond the MA), competence in a language other than English, a Preliminary Examination, a Research Prospectus, and a Dissertation.

Courses Offered: Introduction to Inquiry in Second Language Studies/ESL; Theoretical Foundations, Curriculum Design, Quantitative Research; Qualitative Research; Seminar in Language Testing, Seminar in Second Language Writing, Seminar in World Englishes, Variable Title Seminar in SLS/ESL.

Admission Requirements: Admission requires a Master's degree from a college or university of recognized standing with a GPA of 3.0 or other academic indices of outstanding performance. The program requires GRE scores. Nonnative English speakers must also provide a TOEFL iBT score.  A minimum total score of 100 is required by the SLS/ESL Program to be considered for admission.  

NOTE: Admitted students must begin the program in the Fall Semester.

Please note: The SLS / ESL program will not be accepting applications in the 2017-2018 admissions cycle.

Contact us:

Director, Second Language Studies/ESL
Department of English
Purdue University
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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