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): Professional Development Series for Spring, 2019, Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. Wells Hall B135.

English Language Center (ELC)


February 1, 2019, 11:00 p.m.: Department deadline for applications for SCRAM (Summer College Research Abroad Monies). These are fellowship funds to support travel during the summer for thesis research.


AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics): March 9-12, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia.

TESOL (TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo): March 12-15, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia. Master's Student Forum is March 12, 2019.

International Language Teacher Education ConferenceSociety, Identity, and Transformation in Language Teacher Education. May 30 - June 1, 2019, The Graduate Hotel, Minneapolis, MN. Call for Papers Deadline: January 18, 2019.

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

SLRF (Second Language Research Forum): September 19-22, 2019, Michigan State University. Online proposal submission portal will be open from February 1 - March 15, 2019.