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.

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


CeLTA (Center for Language Teaching Advancement)

English Language Center (ELC)



Orientation meeting for new TESOL students: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Wells Hall B243.

Library Orientation for new TESOL students: Monday, August 27, 2018 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Beal Instruction Room, third floor, Main Library.



PSLLT (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching) held jointly with TSLL (Technology for Second Language Learning): September 6-8, 2018, Iowa State University.

Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT): September 22, 2018 (pre-conference workshop on September 21), University of Wisconsin, Madison.

MITESOL (Michigan TESOL): October 26-27, 2018, Eastern Michigan University Student Center, Ypsilanti.

SLRF (Second Language Research Forum): October 26-28, 2018, University of Quebec at Montreal.

AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics): March 9-12, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia. Abstract deadline is August 20, 2018.

TESOL (TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo): March 12-15, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia. Master's Student Forum is March 12, 2019; deadline for proposals for Student Forum is October 1, 2018.