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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 you like to improve your English 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. Click here to download our flyer, and visit our new website.

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

upcoming events for 2015-16

CeLTA Resources: Spring 2016 Professional Development Workshops

MSU Linguistics Student Organization: See their Colloquium & Events Schedule 2015-16.

Workshop by Ute Römer: Using Corpora in Teaching EAP.Thursday, February 25, 2016, 11:30 - 1:30, Wells Hall B243.

Second Language Studies Symposium: Friday, February 26, 2016, Wells Hall B210 (presentation space), 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Keynote Speakers: Bonny Norton and Ute Römer.

Talks by AAAL Presenters from the SLS program, March 4, 2016, 3-5 p.m., Wells B243. See Program Schedule.

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.

PRONUNCIATION IN SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING (PSLLT): August 12-13, 2016, University of Calgary, Canada.

looking ahead to 2016-17

SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH FORUM (SLRF): September 22-25, 2016, Teachers College, Columbia University.