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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Program: MTESOL - MT5245

Program Overview

The MTESOL program takes a broad perspective on English language teaching. Depending on students’ chosen career path, the curriculum prepares graduates to teach English as a foreign language to different learner populations, from elementary to post-secondary schools. Requiring only two semesters of full-time study, this program permits participants to earn an MTESOL degree within a relatively short time to begin or return to teaching immediately thereafter.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the MTESOL program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of various domains of the English language (e.g., phonological, lexical, grammatical, discoursal) in relation to second language development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories, teaching methods, and issues in English language teaching.
  • Evaluate and apply current language teaching approaches and develop teaching materials appropriate to a particular teaching context.
  • Articulate a coherent statement of teaching philosophy grounded in current language learning and teaching theories.
  • Use technology effectively in teaching and materials development.
  • Communicate effectively for professional purposes.

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 31 credit hours with a minimum of a B grade in each course. Students may transfer up to 8 credit hours to cover required courses, as approved by the program director.

Required Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • LING 5510 - Computers in Language Teaching I
  • LING 5750 - Language Learning
  • LING 5800 - Methods and Materials in TEFL
  • LING 5920 - Language Teaching Practicum
  • LING 6610 - Phonological Structures of English
  • LING 6710 - Grammar in use
  • LING 6850 - An Introduction to the Teaching of Second Language Reading and Writing
  • LING 6970 - Linguistics Graduate Capstone: Culminating Experience Professional Portfolio Seminar

Elective Courses

Complete at least one of the following courses (min. 4 hours):

  • LING 5520 - Computers in Language Teaching II
  • LING 5760 - Second Language Acquisition Research and Theory
  • LING 5820 - Introduction to English for Specific Purposes
  • LING 5830 - Assesing Language Abilities: Proseminar in TEFL Testing
  • LING 5860 - Semantics and Pragmatics

Culminating Experience

As a culminating experience, students’ overall learning in the MTESOL progam will be assessed by using the e-Portfolio which is developed in LING 6970: Professional Portfolio Seminar, the graduate culminating experience seminar. The e-Portfolio consists of the following:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Two Sample Lesson Plans
  5. Professional Development Documentation
  6. Reflection Paper
  7. One 7-min Teaching Demonstration Video