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Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Department of Applied Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages to be received upon graduation.

How many credits?

The course will consist of a minimum of 48 credit hours, normally 6 quarters of academic study. Four credit hours will be part of Peace Corps service, which could be used to fulfill the elective requirement in Language Education.

Pre-Peace Corps service coursework:

A year of coursework in PSU's TESOL program would prepare students in the follow ways:

  • Introduce them to current theories of second language acquisition.
  • Introduce them to current methods of teaching English as a second/foreign language at both the theoretical and practical levels.
  • Require them to complete 70 hours of supervised tutoring or teaching ESL in a range of settings.
  • Provide them with frameworks for understanding cultural adjustment and cross-cultural interaction.
  • Provide them with training in the structure of English and give them tools for analyzing the structure of learner output.
  • Introduce them to research methods in the field of applied linguistics so that they can be discerning consumers of research relating to language teaching.
  • Offer them the opportunity to take electives in areas of interest to them.

How is the Peace Corps experience integrated into the students' academic program?

The program will work with the student to find ways to integrate the experience abroad into the second year of coursework, especially the culminating experience. No specific academic requirements need be met while overseas. The experience the student brings back will be a great asset in her or his courses, not only to the student but also to classmates and the professor. After two years abroad, returning students will have competitive advantages in securing financial aid. As teaching assistants, they would have ample opportunities to draw on and share their overseas field experiences.

Upon completing Peace Corps service, what academic requirements would students need to meet to be awarded a degree?

Students would complete the remaining coursework, including the six hours of culminating experience credits-likely one year's worth.

Recommended course outline for PCMI students:

See - Recommended Course Sequences and Timing.

Language Education/Applied Linguistic Theory (Five 4-credit courses)

4 required courses: Second Language Acquisition, Understanding the International Experience, TESOL Methods I, TESOL Methods II

1 elective: Supervised practicum, Language Assessment, Grammar for TESOL, Curriculum Design & Materials Development, Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching

Foundations in Language and Linguistic Theory (Two 4-credit courses)

1 required: Linguistic Argumentation: Phonology, Syntax

1 elective: Linguistic Analysis: Phonetics, Pragmatics, Semantics, Discourse Analysis, Historical-Comparative Linguistics, the other Linguistic Argumentation course

Language in Society/Language and Mind (Two 4-credit courses)

2 electives: Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, World Englishes, Pidgins & Creoles, Psycholinguistics, First Language Acquisition, Linguistics & Cognitive Science

Research and Culminating Experience (Three 2-hour-credits + 6 credits)

3 required courses, each 2 credits: Introduction to Graduate Study in Applied Linguistics, Research Design, Research Methods

Culminating Experience Options (choose one): Thesis (6 credits); Project (2 credits) + Empirical Research Writing (4 credits); Comprehensive Exams (2 credit) + Empirical Research Writing

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