Issues in TESOL 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 An examination of various methods and techniques used to teach language components (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation) and language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Practice in developing and implementing balanced and effective language lesson plans is provided along with evaluating and selecting appropriate ESL teaching materials.
Introduction to Linguistics An introduction to the nature and structure of human language. Students focus on the goals, techniques and subject matter of modern linguistics.
Advanced English Grammar 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 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 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 An exploration of a student's personal focus, methodology and philosophy of teaching to assist them in self-evaluation as teachers and further help them use the resources provided to address issues discussed. Through regular cooperative work with a group or partner, students learn different aspects of curriculum design and assessment, such as how to correctly assemble and implement specific curriculum for a class, the different assessments available and how to decide which assessment to use and when, with a focus on specific areas of methods.
Application of Technology in TESOL A conceptual framework to evaluate using digital technologies in the ESL setting. Based on their evaluation, students have the opportunity to explore and apply the use of multiple tools in a project-based instructional environment.
Action Research 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 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 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.