TESOL Course Descriptions
TSL 501 The Profession of TESOL
A Survey of the field. Topics include the role of English in the world today, the types of programs and environments in which ESL and EFL are taught, professional organizations and resources and TESOL careers, training and professional development.
TSL 502 Linguistics for TESOL
Introduction to the scientific study of language in general, and the English language in particular. Focusing on the major areas of linguistic inquiry and their application to English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, history of English, and language development.
TSL 523 Methods and Materials for Language Teachers
This course explores the variety of methods and materials used in teaching foreign and second languages. It examines the challenges for methodologists, materials developers and teachers in analyzing and choosing the approaches, methods and materials for use in the language classroom.
TSL 541 Language and Culture
Examines the relationships between culture, language, and interpersonal communication; considers ways of dealing with cultural issues in the ESL/EFL classroom.
TSL 561 Second Language Acquisition
Examines empirical and theoretical studies of second language acquisition and processing. Investigates the factors that affect second language acquisition, including age, motivation, language background, environment, and universal constraints.
TSL 524 Assessment for Language Teachers
This course examines language assessment including proficiency and placement testing, high-stakes and standardized testing, and traditional and nontraditional assessment. General principles of language test construction and administration are emphasized. Students are provided with practical experience in preparing and analyzing language test items and tests.
TSL 596 Active Observation in TESOL
Provides students with the opportunity to observe, assess, and reflect upon the practices of experienced teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL or EFL). Students may also assist the cooperating teacher and do some micro-teaching as needed and appropriate. Venues for the Observation include public schools, intensive post-secondary programs, community-based settings, or other approved programs where students are being taught English as a second or foreign language.
TSL 595 Topics in TESOL
Special topics in the scholarly research of teaching English as a second or foreign language. The specific topic will appear following the colon in the title (e.g. Topics in TESOL: Technology in ESL/EFL).
TSL 671 Language Program and Curriculum Design
Presents an integrated, comprehensive model of language program and curriculum design. Topics include: needs assessment, articulation of levels, placement, instructional policies and procedures, testing, staffing, recruiting, budgeting, accreditation and public relations.
TSL 681 Research and Statistics for TESOL
Examines selected specimens of published research in TESOL to demonstrate the various forms and purposes of research in the field. Presents the major statistical concepts needed to understand TESOL research.
TSL 691 Internship in TESOL
Intensive practice in teaching English as a second language under the supervision of an approved master teacher. Written and oral presentations related to internship experience are required.
TSL 693 Independent Second Language Research
With faculty guidance, students create original research on significant and relevant topics in TESOL.