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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 six 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 our 2015 graduates!

Standing (left to right): John Eitel, Hima Rawal, Laurel Waller, Changchang Yao, Olga Khodakova, Maggie Vosters; Nycki Cuddie and Chen Shen (seated).


upcoming events for 2015-16

CLEAR Summer Workshops: July 2015, Michigan State University

CARLA Summer Institutes for Language Teachers: July 13-17, 2015, University of Minnesota.

New M.A. TESOL Student Orientation Meeting: August 26, 2015, Wells B243.

Library Orientation for New TESOL Students: August 31, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

MITESOL: Michigan State University, October 9-10, 2015.

Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching: Dallas TX, October 16-17, 2015.

Second Language Research Forum: Georgia State University, October 29-31, 2015.