Excel as a language instructor.

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Core Courses

A master's degree in TESOL requires 33 credit hours. With courses offered one at a time in a lock step format, it takes approximately 59 weeks to complete this program.

  • Issues in TESOL (LIN-501) — 2 credit hours, 3 sessions
  • TESOL Methodology I (LIN-565) — 3 credit hours, 5 sessions
  • Introduction to Linguistics (LIN-525) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • Advanced English Grammar (LIN-535) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • Sociolinguistics (LIN-555) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • Second Language Acquisition (LIN-556) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • TESOL Methodology II (LIN-566) — 3 credit hours, 5 sessions
  • TESOL Methodology III (LIN-568) — 2 credit hours, 3 sessions
  • Action Research (LIN-557) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • Materials Development and Integration (LIN-558) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • TESOL Capstone (LIN-594) — 5 credit hours, 7 sessions

Course Descriptions

Issues in TESOL (LIN-501)

An exploration of issues that have an impact on the field of TESOL, including social, historical, legal and cultural influences. A broad scope of these issues may include philosophical differences, as well as classroom-specific difficulties.

TESOL Methodology I (LIN-565)

An examination of various methods and techniques used to teach language components (i.e., grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) and language skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening and speaking). Practice in developing and implementing balanced and effective language lesson plans will be provided along with evaluating and selecting appropriate ESL teaching materials.to match various ESL audiences and teaching contexts.

Introduction to Linguistics (LIN-525)

An introduction to the nature and structure of human language. Topics focus on the goals, techniques and subject matter of modern linguistics.

Advanced English Grammar (LIN-535)

An exploration

of the descriptive and prescriptive grammar of English,

which is analyzed according to traditional, structural and

transformational methods. Emphasis is also placed on

preparing students to teach grammar. Students survey

grammar teaching methodology in conjunction with the

different areas of grammar studied.

Sociolinguistics (LIN-555) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions

ociolinguistics: An examination of

language in its social and cultural contexts. This

course presents the basic socio-cultural variables

(such as gender, age and social status) and shows

their relation to language use and language

learning. Areas covered in the course include

bilingualism, dialectology, language variation

and style with their relation to multilingual

educational situations.

Second Language Acquisition (LIN-556) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions

econd Language Acquisition:

An examination of the process of learning a

second language. This course surveys current

SLA theory and learning models. Emphasis is

given to the ways these theories and models

shape pedagogical practices in ESL classrooms.

Linguistic, cognitive, affective, cultural and

social factors influencing the acquisition of

another language are explored.

TESOL Methodology II (LIN-566) — 3 credit hours, 5 sessions

A continuation of

methods study with a specific focus on aspects of course

development, curriculum design and assessment, such as

how to correctly assemble a specific curriculum for class

and implement it. The course also reviews assessments

available, how to decide which assessment to use and

when to use it. The students explore their own personal

focus as well as their methodology and philosophy of

teaching to help self-evaluate themselves as teachers and

to use the resources provided in class to address issues.

Prerequisite: LIN-565.

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TESOL Methodology III (LIN-568) — 2 credit hours, 3 sessions

A focus on the methods of teaching speaking (including pronunciation), listening, reading and writing skills with particular focus on the micro-skills involved in each. The course will both analyze these four primary linguistic skills individually and in conjunction with each other. Students will practice techniques aimed at strengthening their learner’s language abilities by connecting the various combinations of skills such as reading with writing and speaking with listening.

Action Research (LIN-557) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions

An evaluation of claims based on research by reviewing current best practices as indicated by meta-research and discussing implications for TESOL. Action research that can be implemented in a TESOL setting and used for professional reflection and improvement of instruction is emphasized. Among the methods included are local data collection, structured interview, open-ended interview, case study, reflective case study, portfolio assessment and use of technology for self-assessment.

Materials Development and Integration (LIN-558) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions

An application of second language learning and teaching principles to the analysis, adaptation, development and integration of materials for the ESL/EFL classroom. Among the resources explored are media, realia, computers and the Internet for all language skills including reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Pedagogic rationale for materials and their use with a specific group of learners is emphasized.

TESOL Capstone (LIN-594)

A capstone course designed to allow students to integrate various principles of the TESOL program. This course includes two possible tracks: Thesis or Non-Thesis. Students seeking a Michigan Department of Education endorsement are required to choose the Non-Thesis option, which includes 60 hours of practicum.

Academic Catalog

For more information about academic policies and graduation requirements, search the 2017-18 Professional & Graduate Studies Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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Academic Catalog

For more information about academic policies and graduation requirements, search the 2017-18 Professional & Graduate Studies Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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