Master of Arts in English Emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language

About

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.

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

We encourage you 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.

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Enrollment in the program is on a quarterly (or rolling) basis.

For more information about the MA in English: Teaching English as a Second Language Emphasis program contact:

Lavona L. Reeves, PhD

Professor; Director of Teaching English as a Second Language (MA) Program

lreeves@ewu.edu

509.359.7060

 

Curriculum & Requirements

English with an Emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA)

LaVona Reeves,​ Program Director
509.359.7060

Program Core
ENGL 511COMPOSITION PEDAGOGIES: THEORIES AND PRACTICES5
ENGL 520SEMINAR IN RESEARCH METHODS AND DESIGN5
ENGL 564PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION5
ENGL 573HISTORY OF RHETORIC5
or ENGL 575 CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORIES
ENGL 600THESIS (as determined by program director)1-12
or ENGL 601 PROFESSIONAL ESSAY
or ENGL 590 PORTFOLIO CAPSTONE
Internship–students choose an internship appropriate to their discipline–as determined by the program director.5
INTERNSHIP: TEACHING COMPOSITION
INTERNSHIP: TEACHING LITERATURE
INTERNSHIP: TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
INTERNSHIP: PROFESSIONAL WRITING
INTERNSHIP: WRITER'S CENTER
Teaching English as a Second Language
ENGL 560APPLIED LINGUISTICS5
ENGL 580SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION5
ENGL 581SECOND LANGUAGE CURRICULUM DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT5
ENGL 582MODERN LANGUAGE METHODOLOGY5
ENGL 583WORLD ENGLISHES: THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF ENGLISH5
Electives (in consultation with and approved by program coordinator)5
Total Credits60

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Program Learning Outcomes

PLOs for the common core of classes:

  • apply a variety of rhetorical and theoretical approaches useful to critical analysis;
  • demonstrate ability to analyze, evaluate, synthesize and document library and internet sources in conducting research;
  • speak effectively in public forums with the complement of visual media.

PLOs for the Teaching English as a Second Language emphasis:

  • apply current language teaching methods and approaches;
  • demonstrate depth of cultural understanding of diverse populations both locally and globally;
  • design and assess curriculum for diverse populations, levels and settings;
  • engage in reflective practice to foster language acquisition.