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Welcome to the TESOL Program at Michigan State University. We have a large and well-established program with eight core faculty members, who have a wide range of research interests. 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 and foreign language. At the same time, we encourage a critical exploration of the research in the field and provide research opportunities for those students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in second language studies. Our graduates are employed throughout the United States and the world in positions involving language teaching, teacher training, materials development, program administration, and computer-assisted language learning.

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.

  • plan the curriculum for and teach an ESL course (LLT 896)

Student news

Congratulations to our spring 2014 graduates!

Congratulations also to Hima Rawal, one of the TESOL program's Fulbright grantees, on receiving the Weston Award from the Institute of International Education (Foreign Fulbright Programs). Hima Rawal and Olga Khodakova, another Fulbright grantee in our program, will lead the TESOL Master's Student Forum at TESOL in Toronto in 2015.

Kinsey Wethers received the departmental teaching assistant award this year for her teaching in the English Language Center, and the Shigeo and Isako Imamura Graduate Fellowship in English Language Teaching for the Spring semester 2014.

Three M.A. TESOL students completed the thesis option in the program this spring:

Yangting Wang: The Effects of L1/L2 Subtitled American TV Series on Chinese EFL Students' Listening Comprehension

Lauren Kelley: Identity, Language Socialization, Investment, and Power Dynamics in L2 English Among Burmese Women Refugees

Lianye Zhu: Attention, Perception, and Production of the English Voiceless Interdental Fricative by Chinese Learners of English

We look forward to welcoming our new students in the fall of 2014!

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.

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

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

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