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Hardison.2.jpgWelcome to the TESOL Program at Michigan State University. My name is Debra Hardison and I have been directing this program for the past five years. We have a well-established program with eight core faculty members, who have a wide range of teaching and research interests. Each year, we welcome students from across the U.S. and other countries. We strive to provide our graduate students with the theoretical foundations and practical experience they need to become professionals in teaching English as a second or foreign language. At the same time, we encourage a critical exploration of the research in the diverse fields of language learning and teaching, and provide research opportunities for those students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in areas such as second language studies. Our graduates are employed throughout the United States and the world in positions involving language teaching, teacher training, materials development, assessment, and program administration.

our mission:

Through the TESOL program, students

  • acquire a strong foundation in the current theory and practice of the field of language learning and teaching as they prepare to develop their careers.
  • gain knowledge of and experience in lesson planning and materials development.
  • teach an English course for which they have planned the curriculum (the TESOL practicum, LLT 896).

congratulations to all our 2015 graduates!

M.A. TESOL thesis defenses:

Changchang Yao, April 23, 2:00 p.m., Wells B243

Does Perceived Language Difficulty Hinder Language Learning? (abstract)

Laurel Waller, April 23, 4:00 p.m., Wells B243

Students' Motivational Characteristics and Their Perceptions of and Reactions to Written Corrective Feedback (abstract)

Hima Rawal, April 30, 10:00 a.m., Wells B243

Translanguaging, Investment, and Gendered Identity: A Case of Nepali Immigrant Women in Michigan (abstract)

Olga Khodakova, April 30, 2:00 p.m., Wells B243

The Influence of First Language Reading Practices and Attitudes on Reading in English as a Second Language (abstract)

Upcoming events

CeLTA Professional Development Workshops: Spring semester, 2015.

CLEAR Professional Development Summer Workshops, 2015

International Conference on Language Teacher Education: May 14-16, 2015, Minneapolis, MN

CARLA Summer Institutes for Language Teachers, University of Minnesota, summer 2015.

Photos from the potluck after the english course (the tesol practicum) in april.

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Teachers and students enjoy the international foods.

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Some of the practicum students displaying their Certificates of Participation in the English Conversation Course.

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Participants from over 20 countries attend the English Course each year.