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Master of Arts in English (Teaching English as a Second Language)

This program prepares pre-service and in-service teachers of English as a second language (ESL) or English as a foreign language (EFL) to teach second language literacy, culture, and communication skills. The program is primarily designed to prepare secondary and post-secondary teachers in a variety of settings and can also serve as preparation for doctoral studies. Core courses can be applied toward the state endorsement in ESL.

TESL graduate career opportunities include:

  • Teaching ESL in the United States and abroad
  • K-12 opportunities in multi-lingual schools
  • Community College and University
  • professorships

Many countries around the globe are looking for TESL certified instructors to teach students proficient English in the public and private sector. Individuals with the TESL certificate are highly marketable in the ESL field around the world in countries such as China, Taiwan, South Korea, Poland, France, and many others.

All students must demonstrate a reading competence in a foreign language appropriate to their program of study at a level equivalent to completion of the second year of college foreign language. Competence may be demonstrated through coursework, a standardized test or a written test arranged with the Modern Languages Department. Students may also satisfy the foreign language requirement by successfully completing ENGL 530 ,Old English, with a grade of 3.0 or better

Students are encouraged to complete a supervised practicum in teaching English as a second language. This includes 1. observing a master teacher; 2. preparing, teaching and assessing materials; and 3. doing systematic self-observation and evaluation (normally videotaping). The practicum would normally include the journaling of classroom practices, procedures and interactions.

All degree candidates must pass an examination on the history of the English language and a comprehensive examination of second language acquisition, methodology, curriculum, assessment or cross-cultural communication.

 

What will I study?

Course Requirements and Credit Hours:

 

ENGL 459 Grammar for Teachers (5)

ENGL 468 History of the English Language (5)

ENGL 520 Research Design and Evaluation in Composition (5)

Demonstrated competency in a foreign language and/or ENGL 530 Old English (0-5)

ENGL 560 Modern Grammar (5)

ENGL 564 Grammar and Composition (5)

ENGL 580 Second Language Acquisition (5)

ENGL 581 Second Language Curriculum Design and Assessment (5)

ENGL 582 Modern Language Methodology

ENGL 601 Professional Essay (5) or ENGL 600 Thesis


 

Electives

10-15 Credits

 

For current information about program requirements, please see current EWU Catalog.

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