The M.A. in TESOL program at La Salle University has been designed to provide students with the theoretical foundation and contemporary research in linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics (second-language acquisition), and related fields in order to:
- Understand the nature of second-language learning, interpret current research as it applies to language teaching, and develop the capacity to apply principles of language-teaching in a variety of contexts.
- Have an ability to critically examine one’s own teaching as well as current language-teaching materials and practices.
- Think creatively about teaching English as a second language and providing leadership in the field of language teaching.
- Understand and critically assess issues around educational changes and cultural identity, as well as second language acquisition and use in multilingual societies and communities.