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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

CeLTA Professional Development Workshops: Spring semester 2015.

Second Language Studies Symposium: Friday, February 27, 2015.

Practice Talks for Spring Conferences: Friday, March 6, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Wells Hall B243

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

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

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

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