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A Resolution from CAPP Regarding the Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies

WHEREAS the Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies will enable MA or PhD degree holders or candidates at UHM (in applied linguistics, foreign languages, ESL, or relevant fields) to re-specialize or update their training to include recent developments in the Second Language Studies field; and

WHEREAS the UHM Department of Second Language Studies* has sufficient course offerings and diverse faculty specializations to be able to offer such an advanced graduate certificate; and

WHEREAS there is no need for any additional faculty, offices, classrooms, or other financial resources; and

WHEREAS the Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies does not interfere with or compete with any other program's curriculum at UHM:; and

WHEREAS the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Planning has reviewed and endorsed the proposed certificate; now

Therefore, be it RESOLVED that the Manoa Faculty Senate recommends the approval of the Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies.

* After 1 July 2000, the Department of English as a Second Language (ESL) will be known as Second Language Studies (SLS).


10 May 2000

To:Manoa Faculty Senate

From:Committee on Academic Policy and Planing

Re:Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies

BACKGROUND

The Department of Second Language Studies (SLS)* is proposing a graduate certificate in SLS for those who already have, or who are in the process of acquiring at UHM the MA or PhD degree in applied linguistics, foreign languages, ESL, or relevant fields (such as anthropology, educational administration, educational technology, English, history, and philosophy). Its important functions include the following:

-- it is a credential that can be used to verify proficiency in SLS for purposes of employment;

-- it will enhance cooperation among departments and will provide opportunities for UHM graduate students to develop coherent, specialized training in SLS as part of the regular degree programs;

-- it will serve as preparatory study for students whose eventual goal is to apply to the UHM PhD in SLS, but whose previous academic training in SLS is insufficient.

The certificate program will be supervised by the Graduate Chair of SLS. Students will be required to take 15 credits (five courses) and produce a research paper (10-30 pages). Each student will be assigned an advisor from SLS who will help the student formulate his or her course of study based on the student's needs and research interests.

There is no additional cost associated with offering this certificate, which makes use of existing courses and resources. Staffing and resources are sufficient to begin offering the certificate immediately. .

The certificate is fully consonant with the University's Strategic Plan's emphasis on globalization.

* After 1 July 2000, the Department of English as a Second Language (ESL) will be known as Second Language Studies (SLS).


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