Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.S.

Program Description

Designed for those students with an interest in language and linguistics who wish to work with non-English speaking students. The TESOL program prepares teachers to meet the instructional needs of students of English as a second language or foreign language while encouraging students to maintain native languages and cultural competencies.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Analyze and interpret linguistic phenomena using current linguistic theory (what language is), including:

    Use theories of syntax to gain substantial insights into the grammatical structure of sentences and related utterances in English and other languages

    Use theories of phonology to gain substantial insights into the sound systems that underlie the articulation and comprehension of English and other languages

    Use sociolinguistic theory to gain substantial insights into the variation, use, status, and interactive norms of English and other languages

    Apply the skills outlined in a-c to facilitate lessons and curricula in TESOL, including modifications based on each student’s first language(s), current English proficiency, and general educational and cultural background
  2. Analyze and interpret linguistic phenomena using current theories of second language acquisition (how language is learned), including:
    Use theories of second language acquisition (SLA) to gain substantial insights into the stages and processes of language development in learners of all ages and backgrounds
    Apply SLA theory to facilitate lessons and curricula in TESOL, including modifications based on each student’s background, current proficiency, learning styles, and educational goals