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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).

Photos from the potluck after the english course (the tesol practicum) in april, 2014.

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Teachers and students enjoy the international foods.

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Level 200 students came from many different countries including Angola, China, Colombia, France, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

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Level 500 students proudly display their certificates of participation awarded at the potluck. They also came from around the world: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Iraq, China, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine.


Upcoming Events

M.A. TESOL Program Welcome Letter for New Students

M.A. TESOL PROGRAM Orientation Meeting for New Students: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 1:00 p.m. Wells Hall B243.

LIBRARY ORIENTATION FOR NEW STUDENTS: Monday, August 25, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Meet at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Main Library.

DESIRE2LEARN (D2L): Orientation session, Thursday, August 28, 1:00 p.m., Wells B125 Computer Lab. Dr. Amanda Temples.

Workshops for Fall: Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA)

Practice Talks by SLS students for SLRF, October 17th, Details to be announced

MITESOL: October 17, 2014, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI

SLRF: Second Language Research Forum, October 23-25, 2014, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

CV WORKSHOP: November 7th, 1:00 p.m., Wells B243.

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference: March 21-24, 2015 in Toronto, Canada

TESOL Conference: March 25-28, 2015 in Toronto, Canada