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With your passion for language and teaching, you’ve got the opportunity to transform your community. The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages provides a theory-informed curriculum with real-world applications. Through intentional discussions with your peers and faculty with diverse backgrounds, you’ll gain new insight that deepens your understanding as you collectively prepare to serve in your unique contexts. Fuel your authentic compassion for helping your students achieve the potential you see in them.
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Advance as an educator wherever you are called. Explore settings to teach and minister in your school and cross-cultural fields.
Take your next step as an educator on your own schedule. By taking one course at a time, you’ll move forward in your potential without having to stop for traditional semester breaks.
Grow in knowledge and experience as you equip your students to reach their potential through a theory-based curriculum anchored in Christian virtues. Strengthen your foundation and amplify your knowledge to serve with courses in Linguistics, TESOL Methodology, Materials Development and Integration and Advanced Grammar.
LIN-501 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.
LIN-565 TESOL Methodology I
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.
LIN-525 Introduction to Linguistics
An introduction to the nature and structure of human language. Topics focus on the goals, techniques and subject matter of modern linguistics.
LIN-535 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.
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.
LIN-556 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.
LIN-566 TESOL Methodology II
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.
LIN-568 TESOL Methodology III
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.
LIN-557 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.
LIN-558 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.
LIN-594 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.
Inspire your students to reach their potential as you cultivate your mind through a curriculum that weaves theory and practice in the field of TESOL. As you learn alongside your supportive community, you’ll grow in identifying major topics in TESOL and develop the skills and abilities to apply language learning in your own context.
Jane Porter (M.A. ’19)
I am a better teacher, person and Christian. I was blessed with classmates from all over the world who opened up my mind and heart to so many different countries, cultures and languages.
Our faculty in the M.A. TESOL program are passionate about growing together in cultivating thriving communities. With their diverse experiences ranging from K-12 education to the mission field, they eagerly seek to engage in meaningful collaboration as you pursue influence in your own context.
At PGS, we’re passionate about welcoming you into a learning community designed to help you reach your full potential. In addition to our M.A. in TESOL program, we also offer non-degree programs and other graduate programs as you live out your vocational calling in serving and teaching others.
Add to your teaching foundation with the opportunity to teach English to speakers of other languages in your public school setting.
Teach English outside the traditional classroom environment with program designed for those without teaching certification.