College of Arts and Letters2021-2022

Department of English

Teaching English as a Second Language, Master of Arts

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

Our TESL degree combines a strong theoretical foundation in applied linguistics with practical training in the teaching of English to people who speak other native languages. The principal goals of the program are to:

  • provide the linguistic theory necessary for ESL/EFL teachers
  • equip teachers with the practical skills needed for effective language teaching
  • prepare students for further study in English language teaching, applied linguistics, and related fields

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), students will have the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of
    • the social and regional diversity of English,
    • the history of the English language,
    • the structure and uses of the English language,
    • English language discourse processes, and
    • genres to English language teaching and learning
  • Apply critical and analytical skills to effective English language use and to English language instruction
  • Understand second language learning processes in diverse cultural and educational contexts and the implications for language teaching and assessment
  • Integrate technology into language instruction and materials development
  • Evaluate language program effectiveness
  • Apply knowledge of cross-cultural communication to teacher-student interactions, materials development, lesson plans, course design, community interactions, and assessment instruments
  • Apply knowledge of theoretical and practical issues from applied linguistics and ESL methodology to innovative and effective English language teaching practices
  • Become active professionals in Applied Linguistics and related fields through participation in professional development seminars; local, national, and international conferences; practice teaching; research experience; and/or in doctoral programs.

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