Groups are a means of grouping information and topics that are alike, this way you don't have to search all over the site if you know exactly what type of information you are looking for :-) . The following groups have been created on UMassLinguistics and here is the type of information you can find in each of these groups:
New Online Student Information
This group serves as an orientation to our program for online students. It gives you group norms for this site (UMassLinguistics.com), it provides you, among other things, with the degree requirements, preliminary information about course first-semester registration, advising, some helpful links to university services, and other information. The forums in this group are a good way to get acclimated to our program, meet other new students, and ask questions that you may have as you begin your studies with us. If at any time you forget anything, this would be a good group to reference because it provides a lot of basic information you need.
New On-Campus Student Information
This group serves as an orientation to our program for on-campus students. This group is about the same as the online version of this group, but it provides information specific to the campus program. It gives you group norms for this site (UMassLinguistics.com), it provides you, among other things, with the degree requirements, preliminary information about course first semester registration, advising, some helpful links to university services, and other information. The forums in this group are a good way to get acclimated to our program, meet other new on-campus students, and ask questions that you may have as you begin your studies with us. If at any time you forget anything, this would be a good group to reference because it provides a lot of basic information you need.
This group is a group for students in our department's PhD program. A place to discuss ideas and get questions that are specific to the PhD program.
The Classroom group is the place to find out about classes (as the name would suggest :-) ). The degree requirements are also posted in this group, as well as a tentative long-term schedule of classes. While the tentative schedule might be tweaked as we approach any given semester, this is our best effort at prognosticating which courses we will offer. This means that you can use the tentative schedule to plan your studies. The classroom group is where we post Q&A forums for course registration & advising, and where you can ask questions about specific classes. The classroom group is where you can also inquire about independent studies.
The ESL Licensure group is a group for on-campus students who are pursuing the K-12 licensure path. This is the group where you will find coursework requirements, the licensure handbook, and more information on how to pursue licensure. Each semester we have 2 licensure information sessions and students who are considering (or might be considering to consider) licensure are encouraged to attend. Licensure information session dates and times are advertised in this group, as well as on-campus. The forums in this group are a place for licensure students to meet with one another, post their questions, and get answers about the licensure process.
The Field Experience is one of the requirements of our program and it usually requires students to find a site in order to do their field experience. This group is where you find information about what the Field Experience is about, the requirements for waiving it (and replacing it with another elective), and a place to discuss any questions you might have about the field experience
Once all coursework is done you need to pass one final comprehensive examination to graduate. This group provides you with all of the important information about the upcoming comprehensive exam information such as dates, times, proctoring information and so on. The forums of this group are a great way for you to ask questions about the exam, and also find other students with whom you can form study groups to study for the exam. It's never too early to think about this :-)
The job board group is a place to both find job postings, and post your own! Oftentimes the department gets job postings from local schools and if anything comes our way this is where we post it. If you are a current student or alumn and your employers is hiring, please feel free to post the jobs here as well.
ALSA stands for the Applied Linguistics Student Association. This is the student club associated with our program. It's run by students for students. This group is where ALSA post information about upcoming events.
The alumni group is for students who have graduated from our program. It's currently not that developed, but if you are an alumn and want to take a role in developing this community do let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org :-)
The Main Office group is a catch-all group. It's where we post calls for papers, conference calls, and information that comes to us from professional associations. It's also the group where graduation information is posted, caps & gowns, and commencement. If the information doesn't have a home in another group it finds its way here.
Policies, Information, & Procedures
Policies, program information, and procedures are categorized in specific groups, but this is an index of important policies and procedures to make it quicker for you to find them. They are listed in alphabetic order:
- Site Usage Policy
- Academic Standing
- Academic Integrity
- Changing Advisors
- Capstone Exam Info - see Capstone Exam Group
- Course Registration - See Classroom Group for current semester course registration
- Degree Requirements - See New Student Orientation Group [online or campus]
- Course Repeat policy
- Course Transfer policy
- Course Incomplete policy
- Course Withdrawal policy
- ESL Licensure Option- See Licensure Group
- First semester advice [online students]
- Independent Studies
- "NA" Grade policy
- Program Fee/Taking a semester off
- Readmission Policy
- Student Code of Conduct / Academic Honesty
- MA Thesis Option/Thesis Handbook [coming soon]
Disclaimer: This is not an exhaustive list of university policies. We've included everything that seems most pertinent, however, we haven't linked to every university policy because those links might change. You should familiarize yourself with Registrar, Bursar, Health-Services, and Financial Aid policies as they apply to you.
Last update 4/5/2022