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Master of Arts in English with Teaching English as a Second Language Emphasis


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    This program prepares pre-service and in-service teachers of English as a second language (ESL) or English as a foreign language (EFL) to teach second language literacy, culture, and communication skills. The program is primarily designed to prepare secondary and post-secondary teachers in a variety of settings and can also serve as preparation for doctoral studies. Core courses can be applied toward the state endorsement in ESL.

    TESL graduate career opportunities include:

    Many countries around the globe are looking for TESL certified instructors to teach students proficient English in the public and private sector. Individuals with the TESL certificate are highly marketable in the ESL field around the world in countries such as China, Taiwan, South Korea, Poland, France, and many others.

    All students must demonstrate a reading competence in a foreign language appropriate to their program of study at a level equivalent to completion of one year of college foreign language. Competence may be demonstrated through coursework, a standardized test or a written test arranged with the Modern Languages Department. Students may also satisfy the foreign language requirement by successfully completing ENGL 530 ,Old English, with a grade of 3.0 or better

    Students are encouraged to complete a supervised practicum in teaching English as a second language. This includes 1. observing a master teacher; 2. preparing, teaching and assessing materials; and 3. doing systematic self-observation and evaluation (normally videotaping). The practicum would normally include the journaling of classroom practices, procedures and interactions.

    All degree candidates must pass an examination on the history of the English language and a comprehensive examination of second language acquisition, methodology, curriculum, assessment or cross-cultural communication.


    What will I study?

     For current information about program requirements, please see current EWU English Catalog.

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    Department of English
    203 Patterson Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6039
    fax: 509.359.6206

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