Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 14:04:56 -0400 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" Subject: Query Also Posted to ADS-L The Ph.D. program in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Tennessee has a minor concentration in Applied Linguistics. (The University has no Linguistics Department, but does have an interdepartmental undergraduate degree program in linguistics.) Members of that program have been asked to put together a reading list for graduate Ph.D.. candidates who select Applied Linguistics as a second concentration. The students are primarily French, Spanish and German graduate students who will be taking some linguistics courses in various departments to fulfill the requirements for this second concentration. Those requirements consist of 2 courses in Applied ling. in the target language (Spanish, French, German), two courses in Applied ling., but not necessarily in the target language. They are also required to take two additional courses in general linguistics. Those of us on the Linguistics Committee at the U of Tennessee are discussing among ourselves whether a reading list is the best way to help people outside the field pinpoint what the field encompasses. Some of are in favor of specifying topics or skills, etc., rather than indicating what books one should have read. I would be grateful for comments from colleagues who have wrestled with this problem elsewhere. If there is sufficient discussion, I'll post a summary to the list. Thanks, Bethany Dumas