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


CeLTA (Center for Language Teaching Advancement)


CeLTA Professional Development Series: Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. Wells Hall B135

Workshop on Replication Research by Dr. Graeme Porte, Thursday, March 22, 2018, 3-6 p.m. Wells A222.

6th Annual National Geographic Learning Symposium: Best Practices in Teaching Speaking and Pronunciation, Saturday, April 14, 2018. Keynote Presenters: Juan Martinez (National Geographic Explorer) and Linda Grant (Lecturer and Author).


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

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

PSLLT (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching): September 6-8, 2018, Iowa State University.