Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
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Welcome to the TESOL homepage! Our program has a strong, long-standing tradition in the field of language teacher preparation. It focuses on providing connections between theory, research, and practice in second language learning and teaching.

Using the links on the right side of each page, you can review information about the requirements and procedure for admission, the courses in our program, and the faculty who teach them. We have eight core faculty members covering a broad range of areas of expertise, including quantitative and qualitative research methods, identity and ideology in multilingual settings, implicit and explicit instruction, second-language (L2) psycholinguistics, the role of attention and classroom interaction in language learning, language proficiency assessment, learner corpus research, and World Englishes. Several faculty focus on L2 skill areas such as speech perception and learner variables in oral communication, applications of technology in perception and production training, gesture, and the acquisition of grammar, writing, and vocabulary. These specializations contribute to a diverse curriculum that provides a solid foundation for our graduates' future careers.


CeLTA (Center for Language Teaching Advancement)

English Language Center (ELC)


Pizza lunch and common orientation for ALL new graduate students Wednesday, August 21, 11am - 1pm; Wells B243
Orientation for all new TESOL students Wednesday, August 21, 1pm; Wells B243
MA TESOL and SLS potluck Thursday, August 22, 6:00pm; see Orientation schedule for location details.
Orientation and Resource Fair Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9am - 12pm; MSU Union
Fall Welcome Cookout Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12pm - 3pm; Benefactors Plaza 
Library orientation for TESOL, Linguistics, and SLS students Monday, August 26, 12:30 - 2pm; Meet in the South lobby of the Main Library in seating area before 12:30.  Orientation will be in the Beal Instruction room.



PSLLT (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning & Teaching): September 12-14, 2019, Northern Arizona University. Online proposal submission portal will be open until April 15, 2019.

SLRF (Second Language Research Forum): September 19-22, 2019, Michigan State University.

MITESOL (Michigan TESOL): November 1-2, 2019, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids.

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL): March 28-31, 2020, Denver, Colorado.

TESOL Convention: March 31 - April 3, 2020, Denver Colorado.