arbrea (arbrea) wrote in linguaphiles,

advice on applying to grad schools?

Hi all,

I need some advice on applying to graduate programs in linguistics.

I got my BA in English (English as a language, not English literature or English linguistics) from a (not-so-famous) Chinese university. I have a GPA of about 3.3-3.4, no research experience, but some work experience teaching English to Chinese students. I did take a few foreign language courses in French and German, but I'm not fluent in either of the two languages. My GRE scores are V:154 Q:162 W:3.5

I am preparing to apply for graduate programs in linguistics, and I'm interested in phonetics/phonology and language acquisition. But I also need some funding to cover the expenses. I do want to get into a PhD program ultimately, but with my current background I don't see much hope of it.

At this point, all I want is to study linguistics, but it seems quite unachievable with my background and the funding problem. I did try to look for people doing linguistics research and seek chance to work/volunteer for them, but it as all in vain. None of the linguistics professors at the universities in the area I live seem to welcome such kind of volunteers.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.


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