M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers a Master’s degree (36 cr.) and a Graduate Certificate (12 cr.) in TESL. The TESL Program is dedicated to developing professional English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers for a career in education. The faculty work closely with learners to deepen their understanding of second language learning, teaching methods and the English language. We orient teachers to learner-centered pedagogy which requires teachers to be empathetic to learners’ needs, understanding of how and why people learn and skilled at second language teaching methods and techniques.
Goals: We have three primary goals for this program:
- Develop effective, professionally trained ESL/EFL teachers;
- Develop teachers who are reflective and inquiry-based practioners;
- Develop teachers who have the skill to manage the complex linguistic, cultural and identity issues central to second language learning.
Teacher Education as Praxis: Teacher education at its best is a form of praxis in which theory and practice are applied to the dynamics of a specific classroom and its unique set of learners.
Learn by Doing:
Opportunities for Practica and a supervised Internship
Themes: The program is organized around the following themes:
* Inquiry: Course research projects ask students to inquire into the nature of language, learning and teaching.
* Reflective Practice: Reflective Practice refers to a set of professional dispositions and activities that promotes educators actively seeking to improve their own professional competence.
* Experiential Learning: The program creates opportunities for students to gain classroom teaching experiences and then uses those experiences to dig deeper into core issues of language, learning and teaching.
Director, TESL Program: Dr. Francis Bailey (email@example.com)
Officers of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures are:
- MCLLC Chair -Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- MCLLC Associate Chair - Harald Höbusch (email@example.com)
- MCLLC Director of Undergraduate Studies - Jeff Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MCLLC Director of Graduate Studies - Milena Minkova (email@example.com)