Michigan State University
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Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
TESOL
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ABOUT THE TESOL PROGRAM

The Master of Arts degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A. TESOL) has prepared individuals for professional careers for over 40 years. Our graduates are employed throughout the US and the world in positions involving language teaching, teacher training, materials development, assessment, and program administration. 

We believe that professionals in the field of language teaching should have a combination of theory and practical experience. To accomplish that goal, our program provides coursework that focuses on the link between theory and practice. In this way, students gain an understanding of the principles of the field as they prepare to develop their careers in the field of language learning and teaching. Although the focus is on English, many of the principles and practices are applicable to other languages. Students also have the opportunity to design the curriculum for and teach an ESL course.

Requirements for the degree stress many facets of language study. Students are given a strong foundation in the current theory and practice of the field and are given opportunities to put their knowledge to use. At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • understand the complexity of the nature of second language learning
  • understand and interpret current research as it applies to language teaching
  • examine and evaluate current language teaching materials and practices
  • think creatively about language teaching issues and challenges
  • understand and apply principles of language teaching in a variety of contexts
  • critically examine their own teaching
  • develop a coherent statement of teaching philosophy
  • provide leadership in their instructional settings and to the field of language teaching.