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:

  1. Develop effective, professionally trained ESL/EFL teachers;
  2. Develop teachers who are reflective and inquiry-based practioners;
  3. Develop teachers who have the skill to manage the complex  linguistic, cultural and identity issues central to second language learning. 

Guiding Principles

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 (francis.bailey@uky.edu)

Officers of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures are:

MCLLC Director of Graduate Studies - Milena Minkova (mmink2@uky.edu)

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