Applied Linguistics and Technology
Our PhD program in Applied Linguistics & Technology (ALT) focuses on English language description, teaching, learning, and assessment, with particular emphasis on issues and practices related to technology: analysis of language using computational and corpus linguistic methods as well as the study of computer technology in English language teaching, learning, and assessment. The degree prepares students for a variety of academic appointments in departments of applied linguistics and English and for professional opportunities in research and development, international publishing, and government agencies in the U.S. and around the world where English is taught and used for specific educational, vocational, and professional purposes. Candidates are required to complete 72 hours of graduate credit including a dissertation; to meet a language requirement that may be fulfilled in a number of ways (students whose native language is other than English are considered to have met the language requirement after satisfying the Graduate College English requirement); and to pass a portfolio assessment, a preliminary examination (consisting of a dissertation proposal and pilot study and written response to questions about them), and an oral defense of the dissertation.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
- Demonstrate knowledge of and confidence with the use of computer applications relevant to teaching, learning, research, and assessment in applied linguistics
- Design, implement and evaluate algorithms for automating linguistic analysis tasks based on knowledge natural language and speech processing programming
- Formulate important research questions to for guiding investigations that contribute to theory and practice in one or more areas of applied linguistics
- Apply principles of research methodology to design data collection, and analysis procedures to address research questions in at least one area of applied linguistics
- Interpret and evaluate findings in view of their contribution to theory, research and practice in the relevant area
- Communicate ideas, discoveries, and findings to others in a professional and creative manner
- Collaborate with other professionals to create and investigate new knowledge, practices and products
- Demonstrate independence and professionalism in teaching and research
Contact: Teresa Smiley
Graduate Studies Program
227 Ross Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1201
Graduate College Requirements:Program Specific Requirements:
- 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
- Academic Records/Transcripts
- Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
- Proof of English Proficiency.
- 1. Three letters of recommendation (LOR).
- 2. Curriculum vitae/resume.
- 3. Statement of purpose and personal goals.
- 4. Application for Teaching Assistantship statement
- 5. Writing sample according to our guidelines.
- NOTE: Nonnative speakers of English may NOT be required to submit English proficiency test scores (see below). Review downloadable Graduate Application Instructions document.
- Program Requires GRE: Yes
- Program Requires GMAT: No
- Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
- Financial Statement: Application
- English Proficiency Minimum:
TOEFL Paper (PBT) 623 TOEFL Internet (iBT) 106 IELTS 8 PTE 79 Duolingo (approved through spring 2023) 125
- January 5 (once per year for fall semester entry only), with applications accepted and evaluated beginning October 15. Early applications are encouraged.
This program is open to domestic and international students.
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