TESL/TEFL

Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

TESL/TEFL

M.A. in TESL/TEFL
Joint M.A.s in TESL/TEFL
and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Graduate Certificate in TESOL Education

 

There are several options for pursuing graduate study in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) in the Department of English. One option is the M.A. in English with a graduate curriculum exclusively focused on TESL/TEFL. A second option is the Joint M.A. with the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures [insert link below] which allows students to pursue two graduate programs combined, leading to two M.A. degrees—one in English with a specialization in TESL/TEFL, and one in foreign languages. The third option is a 15.0 credits graduate certificate in TESOL Education.

The TESL/TEFL and Joint M.A.s offer numerous benefits for students, such as a low faculty-to-student ratio ensuring personal interaction, a diverse student population, multiple opportunities for formal supervised teaching, internships, and assistantships, a collaborative partnership with INTO CSU (an intensive English language program), and a student association that enables graduate students to network within the greater TESOL community. Students who complete our program often pursue careers as ESL teachers (within the US and abroad), language program administrators, materials developers for publishing companies, assessment specialists, translators, and linguists. Others continue their education in doctoral programs.

M.A. in English with specialization in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

The M.A. program in TESL/TEFL provides graduates with practical, theoretical, and critical knowledge of methods for teaching the English language in various social and academic settings. The program features an integrated core in which a comprehensive understanding of the form and communicative functions of English is combined with both general and skill-specific (reading, writing, listening, speaking) pedagogical theories and applications. These courses are designed to promote reflective inquiry, to provide students with the necessary tools for ongoing professional growth, to serve as models of effective pedagogy, and to introduce students to the various ways in which instruction can be enhanced by contemporary technologies. The connection of theory and practice is enhanced through a variety of supervised teaching experiences, and the completion of a portfolio, project, or thesis.

The M.A. in TESL/TEFL is a professional degree designed to enable graduates to teach English as a second or foreign language, evaluate the relative utility and validity of diverse teaching methodologies and assessment procedures, adapt and/or develop materials for unique teaching/learning situations, evaluate recent research in applied linguistics and its relevance to ESL/EFL teaching and learning, and assist in the supervision of classroom teachers and in the administration of ESL/EFL programs. The M.A. integrates pedagogy, linguistics, and classroom teaching. It prepares graduates for TESL/TEFL work in the U.S. and abroad, as well as for advanced studies in applied linguistics.

Joint M.A. in English (TESL/TEFL) and Languages,
Literatures, and Cultures

The Joint M.A.s require concurrent study in two Master’s degree programs, one in English (TESL/TEFL) and the other in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Spanish). The two sponsoring departments provide an interdisciplinary curriculum to enhance both theoretical and applied competencies in the learning and teaching of English and foreign languages as expressions of their respective cultures.

Admission to the Joint M.A.s requires admission to both M.A.s. Admission to the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures M.A. requires an undergraduate major or equivalent proficiency in the relevant foreign language; graduation requires a reading knowledge of an additional foreign language. For admission to the M.A. TESL/TEFL non-native speakers of English must achieve at a minimum: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet based), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or a PTE Academic score of 53.

For information on the requirements for the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to fulfill the Joint M.A. degrees, please see the TESL/TEFL Masters Checksheet

Graduate Certificate in TESOL Education

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL Education provides graduates with practical, theoretical, and critical knowledge of the English language and of methods for teaching it in various social and academic settings. The program features a comprehensive understanding of the form and communicative functions of English, combined with both general and skill-specific (reading, writing, listening, speaking) pedagogical theories and applications.

To obtain the certificate, students must complete 15.0 credits of graduate-level TESL/TEFL courses. The required 3.0 credit courses include: Theories of Foreign/Second Language Learning; Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language; Syntax for ESL/EFL; Phonology/Morphology for ESL/EFL; and Professional ESL Teaching: Theory to Practice.

For additional information about the program, please contact Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker at t.nekrasova_beker@colostate.edu.

TESL/TEFL Student Association

You can get involved in the community and exercise leadership skills through the TESL/TEFL Student Association–a CSU registered student organization. 

The purpose of the TESL/TEFL Student Association (TTSA) is “to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and raise awareness about the field of TESL/TEFL in the Colorado State University community and the greater Fort Collins community.” Members are active throughout the year arranging social and professional events, and organizing their annual “Advocacy Week” event, which takes place during the spring semester and features a keynote speech from a leading figure in the TESOL field. This event offers students an opportunity to conduct events on and off campus to advocate for the field of TESL/TEFL and English language learners. Past speakers who have delivered talks during this event have been Andrew Cohen, Dana Ferris, Eli Hinkel, Paul Matsuda, Fredricka Stoller, and Bill Van Patten.

To find out more, contact Anthony Becker at tony.becker@colostate.edu.