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College of Arts and Letters | Michigan State University

Welcome to the TESOL homepage! My name is Debra Hardison and I have been the director of the M.A. TESOL program for six years. We have a strong, long-standing tradition in the field of language teacher preparation. Our program focuses on providing connections between theory and research in the area of second language learning, and practice in teaching. Using the links on the left side of each page, you will be able to 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. This contributes to a diverse curriculum that provides a solid foundation for our graduates' future careers.


Our students have come from all over the world!



Our Program's Mission: We focus on providing students with

  • an understanding of the nature of second language learning
  • the ability to interpret current research in the field
  • the skills to evaluate language teaching materials and practices
  • the opportunity to design and teach ESL classes. 

upcoming community event

Are you an adult speaker of English as a second language? Would like to improve your conversation skills? Mark your calendar for January 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to register for a six-week course called English Partners in Communication.

  • Experienced teachers and native-speaking conversation partners
  • All levels of ability welcome!

upcoming student events for 2015-16

CeLTA Resources: Student support and professional development

CeLTA Workshops: Fall, 2015

CV Workshop: Friday, September 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Wells B243.

Workshop on Corpus Tools and Research: September 25, 2015, 2-5 p.m., Wells B342

Practice Talks by SLS students for fall conferences: See agenda for details.

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.

Talk by Professor Ellen Bialystok: November 2, 2015, Psychology 118, 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Cognitive Science Program. Title: Bilingualism: Consequences for mind and brain.

Symposium: Friday, February 26, 2016. Schedule to be announced.

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL): Orlando, April 9-12, 2016

TESOL: Baltimore, April 5-8, 2016.

CALICO: Michigan State University, May 10-14, 2016.