All TESOL Courses

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TESL-400/600: Principles of Linguistics (3)

Introduction to scientific study of language with emphasis on current linguistic trends. Foundations for further study in linguistics and methodology of language teaching. Usually offered in fall and spring.

TESL-401/601: English Language Teaching I (3)

Introduction to theories and principles of English language teaching, language acquisition, and a review of various methods and approaches used in language teaching, leading to an understanding of the development of the communicative approach. Provides opportunities for peer teaching and requires observation of English language classes, along with tutoring or teaching of English to non-native speakers. Usually offered every fall.

TESL-402/602: English Language Teaching II (3)

Focuses on evaluation and development of lesson plans and teaching materials designed to teach grammar, language functions, speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills within a communicative approach. Also addresses various aspects of classroom management. Provides opportunities for peer teaching and requires observation of English language classes, along with tutoring or teaching of English to non-native speakers. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: TESL-401/601 or permission of instructor.

TESL-403/603: Structure of English (3)

Explores the complexities of spelling and word formation, grammatical structure, and semantic relations in English. Various approaches to grammatical analysis are covered, but the emphasis is on developing the practical foundations necessary for effective teaching, rather than on theoretical models. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: TESL-400/600.

TESL-604: Writing and Research in TESOL (3)

Explores methods and approaches to academic writing and research in the field of TESOL. While students are developing academic writing skills specific to the field of TESOL, they engage with research literature and explore various approaches to conducting classroom research in language education. This course provides an introductory overview to the field of TESOL and lays foundation for further TESOL courses. Offered every fall.

TESL-620: English Language Teaching III (3)

Focuses on honing teaching skills and theoretical knowledge developed through the TESOL program. Issues of classroom management, effective structuring of classroom discourse, lesson planning, and diagnosing and responding to learner needs are all addressed. Students engage in field experience (observation and teaching), peer teaching and review, and self-reflection on previous teaching and learning experiences with the goal of developing effective teaching practices. Offered every fall. Prerequisite: TESL-601 and TESL-602.

TESL-423/623: Second Language Acquisition (3)

This introductory course on second language acquisition (SLA) examines how languages are learned in naturalistic and instructed contexts. Using SLA theories and research findings most relevant to ESL/EFL teaching, students gain knowledge of the developmental processes of second language learning and internal and external factors that influence it. Usually offered every spring.

TESL-424/624: Reading and Writing in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3)

Introduction to theories of how we read and write as well as the instruction of these skills. The major focus is on practical approaches to teaching reading and writing skills to varied student populations, including children in public schools, young adults in pre-academic learning environments, and literacy-challenged adults in adult education programs. Usually offered every spring and summer session II.

TESL-426/626: Foundations and Methods of Bilingual Education (3)

Exploration of the historical, sociological, and political foundations of bilingual education in the United States. Inquiry into the models, methods, and best practices of bilingual education and their appropriateness in different societal contexts. Meets with EDU-426/626. Usually offered every fall.

TESL-427/627: Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3)

Coverage of the principles of intercultural communication and discourse-oriented models for analyzing cross-cultural interactions. Within this framework, the course considers approaches to enhancing the cultural dimension of ESL/EFL instruction with an emphasis on using and developing various types of cultural training techniques. Usually offered every spring and summer session I.

TESL-631: Language Assessment (3)

This course focuses on the process of testing/assessing students' language proficiency with respect to different language skills in the language classroom and the steps involved in this process. A practical approach provides opportunities for evaluating existing tests and assessment procedures, designing test/assessment instruments, scoring/evaluating language tests, and exploring dilemmas inherent in assessment. Usually offered every fall.

TESL-641: Teaching Grammar (3)

The functions that grammar fulfills in oral and written communication. Teaching the structures of grammar within a communicative framework in meaningful, authentic lessons, and the design of effective teaching materials. Usually offered every fall and summer session II. Prerequisite: TESL-600 or permission of instructor.

TESL-642: Teaching Pronunciation: Theory and Practice (3)

An introduction to the formal analysis of phonetics and phonology with techniques for incorporating these into practical classroom instruction. An emphasis on problem-solving strategies with respect to data, and on effective low-cost techniques for instruction. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: TESL-600.

TESL-445/645: Curriculum and Materials Design (3)

A needs-based, learning-centered approach to designing ESL or EFL courses, from creating and structuring curriculum to materials design, with emphasis on planning blocks of instruction larger than lesson plans. Students propose and design a curriculum for an actual learner audience of their choice through needs assessment, identification of curricular goals and course objectives, content sequencing and planning, and course evaluation. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: TESL-401/601.

TESL-454/654: Technology for Language Teaching and Learning

An introduction to the use of technology for foreign/second language teaching in a variety of educational contexts. Includes exploration of new media technologies, such as wikis, online course management systems (CMS), and digital stories, as well as the use of Internet-based resources and software in both high-and low-tech teaching environments. Prerequisite TESL-401/601. Basic computer skills required. Offered every spring.

TESL-560: TESOL Topics (1-3)

Special topics course on contemporary issues in TESOL/Applied Linguistics. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Usually offered every term.

TESL-590: Independent Reading Course (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and program director.

TESL-690: Independent Study Project (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

TESL-691: Internship (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

TESL-797: Master's Thesis Research (1-6)

For students in the MA in TESOL program pursuing the thesis option. May be taken SP/UP only. Prerequisite: permission of program director.

Course Syllabi

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