Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Program Description

Changing national systems and global concerns in an increasingly interdependent world have resulted in a growing demand for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The Master of Arts program offered by La Salle University is unique in its practical approach to learning, interaction with other cultures, and the integration of community involvement.

The program offers advanced and up-to-date knowledge in ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language) methodologies, techniques, strategies, critical thinking, and teaching across the curriculum. It also includes the use of multimedia technology in the second language acquisition process as well as the application of multiple forms of assessment.

The program consists of 12 courses of three (3) credits per course, to be taken in a predetermined fashion. Therefore, a total of 36 credits are required to complete the M.A. in TESOL program. There are nine (9) required courses (27 credits) including a Practicum and Masters Project/Thesis, supplemented by three (3) elective courses (9 credits) to be selected from the menu of such courses offered at various times. With most courses being offered at convenient times in the evenings, attendance can be on a full-time or part-time basis.

The program has been designed to complement and expand upon the ESL certification requirements in Pennsylvania and other states.

Mission

The mission of this program is to meet the growing demand for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) caused by changing national systems and global concerns in an increasingly interdependent world. 

Program Goals

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 to fulfill the following goals:

  • Offer advanced and up-to-date knowledge in ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language) methodologies, techniques, strategies, critical thinking, and teaching across the curriculum.
  • Incorporate the use of multimedia technology in the second language acquisition process as well as the application of multiple forms of assessment.
  • Explore research design methods and writing conventions in the field of TESOL.
  • Delve deep into the social, cultural, historical, and very personal arenas within sociolinguistics, educational leadership, and community involvement.
  • Explore the practical foundation in linguistics, and its sub-branches, for teachers who want to apply basic linguistic knowledge and research findings to their practice in the classroom or in course and curricula design.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of 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.
  • Critically examine and evaluate his own teaching as well as current language-teaching materials and practices.
  • Demonstrate his/her ability to think creatively about teaching English as a second language in order to provide leadership in the field of language teaching.
  • Critically assess issues around educational changes and cultural identity, as well as second language acquisition and use in multilingual societies and communities. 
  • Identify and explain the components of various levels of communication in cross cultural situations.

Program Specific Information

Students earning the M.A. in TESOL will also receive ESL certification in Pennsylvania—provided that the student meets state requirements.

Academic Requirements

A total of thirty-six (36) credits are required to complete the M.A. in TESOL program. The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program (see Retention and Completion Requirements for details).

There are a number of core (required/specified) courses and a number of electives where the student may choose from the menu of courses offered in any one semester. The capstone courses (practicum and master's project/thesis) are required at the end of the program. Students are required to complete the following courses first: BLS 600, BLS 601, BLS 605, BLS 606, and EDC 650 (see below for course descriptions). Completion of these courses as well as TSOL 701, a practicum/internship, leads to the “ESL Program Specialist Certification” for certified teachers in Pennsylvania.

All courses are three (3) credits each.

 

Course Sequence

Core Courses

All students must take these courses and meet any prerequisite indicated.

  • BLS 600 - Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Communications
  • BLS 601 - Techniques of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • BLS 605 - Curriculum and Development of Bilingual Programs
  • BLS 606 - Making Language Connections Through Content in ESOL and Bilingual Classroom    
  • TSOL 608 - Research Methods in TESOL
  • TSOL 609 - Language Study for Educators
  • EDC 650 - Language Assessment and Special Education of ESL Learners

Total required core courses: 21 credits

Elective Courses

  • BLS 604 - Cultural Pluralism and Problems of Minority Groups in the U.S.A.
  • TSOL 610 - Teaching Second Language Writing in TESOL
  • TSOL 611 - Multimedia Approaches to TESOL
  • TSOL 612 - Sociolinguistics for Educators
  • TSOL 613 - Special Projects in English Education

Three (3) elective courses required: Nine (9) credits

Practicum

(Required)

  • TSOL 701 - M.A. in TESOL Practicum/Field Experience

All students are required to take this course: 3 credits

Master's Thesis/Project

(Required)

  • TSOL 751 - M.A. in TESOL Master's Project/Thesis

All students are required to take this course: 3 credits

Total required credits for program: 36 credits

Degree or Certificate Earned

M.A.

Number of Courses Required for Program Completion

12

Number of Credits Required for Program Completion

36

GPA Required for Program Completion

3.0

Program Contact Information

Hayman Hall, room 128

hispanicinstitute@lasalle.edu

(215) 991-3592

Staff Contact Information

J. Manuel Gomez, Ph.D.

Director

Hayman Hall, room 128

hispanicinstitute@lasalle.edu

(215) 951-1209

Faculty

Director: Gomez

Full Professor: Ketz

Associate Professors: Biehl, Gomez, Ossa

Lecturers: Kopec, Zucker, Li

Course Descriptions

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