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, and language proficiency assessment. 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.

Questions about the TESOL Program? Contact Dr. Debra M. Hardison at hardiso2@msu.edu


Orientation Meeting for New Students: Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Wells Hall B243.

Graduate Student Resource Fair: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MSU Union Ballroom.

Graduate Student Cookout: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., lawn behind Linton Hall.

Library Orientation Meeting for New TESOL Students: Monday, August 28, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Immigration and Health Care Sessions for New International Students: Monday, August 28, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Erickson Kiva.

Fall Classes Begin Wednesday, August 30, 2017 and follow a Monday schedule on that day.


MITESOL (Michigan TESOL): October 20 & 21, 2017, Oakland Schools, Waterford, MI.

SLRF (Second Language Research Forum): October 12 - 15, 2017, Ohio State University.

AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics): March 24 - 27, 2018, Chicago; Abstract Submission Deadline August 16, 2017.

TESOL International: March 27 - 30, 2018, Chicago.