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Master Program in

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)


Introduction:


M.A in Teaching English is a professional degree that prepares students to teach English to adult speakers of other languages in accredited higher education institutions and in community settings. Through this program, students will develop scholarly and professional understanding in four main areas that are central to this program: language, learning, research methods and teaching methods. The program teaches educators specific skills for assessing English learners’ proficiency and content area knowledge.
The program offers a unique supervised teaching practicum in an intensive English program. This experience equips graduates to analyze language and to meet the English language learning needs of learners, and to enter the field as a professional.

 

Students will have opportunities to study a variety of important topics, including language learning methods, critical pedagogy, English as an international language, English for academic purposes, language testing and assessment, learning transfer, materials development, nonnative English speakers in TESOL, second language acquisition and psycholinguistics.


 

Master Degree in TEFL


The curriculum includes 32 credits of required coursework. Students must write and defend a final thesis.

Core Courses: 6 courses required; 12 credits


Courses
Credits

 

Hours

 

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Language Teaching

2

 

32

 

Principles and Methods of Language Teaching

2

 

32

 

Methods of Teaching Language Skills

2

 

32

 

Language Testing and Assessment

2

 

32

 

Seminar in Language Teaching Issues

2

 

32

 

Materials development

2

 

32

 

Elective Courses: 7 courses required; 14 credits

 


Courses
Credits

 

Hours

 

Psycholinguistics Theories

2

 

32

 

English for Specific Purposes

2

 

32

 

Introduction to Discourse Analysis

2

 

32

 

Linguistics in Language Teaching

2

 

32

 

Sociolinguistics Theories

2

 

32

 

Technology in Language Teaching

2

 

32

 

Research Software- programs in Language Teaching

2

 

32

 

Writing Academic Texts

2

 

32

 

Thesis: 6 credits

 


Course Description:

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Language Teaching:

Course Content:

Introduction to Research , Starting Research Projects, Gathering, Compiling and Coding Data, Analyzing Research Data, Analyzing Quantitative Data, Analyzing Qualitative Data, Presenting Research Studies, Presenting Research Results, Writing Research Reports
References

[1]

J. Brown, Mixed Methods Research for TESOL, Edinburgh University Press, 2014.

[2]

D. Ary, L. C. Jacobs and C. K. S. Irvine, Introduction to Research in Education, Wadsworth, 2013 .

 


Principles and Methods of Language Teaching

Course Content:

Language, Learning, and Teaching, First Language Acquisition, Age and Acquisition, Human Learning, Styles and Strategies, Personality Factors, Sociocultural Factors, Cross-Linguistic Influence and Learner Language, Communicative Competence, Theories of Second Language Acquisition
References

[1]

H. D. Brown, Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, Pearson Education ESL, 2014.

[2]

H. D. Brown and H. Lee, Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy, Pearson Education, 2015.

 


Methods of Teaching Language Skill

Course Content:

Understanding L2 Reading, Exploring Research in Reading, Teaching Reading Using Evidence-Based Practices, Investigating Reading through Action Research
References

[1]

W. P. Grabe and F. L. Stoller, Teaching and Researching: Reading, Pearson Education, 2013.

[2]

A. O. Hadley, Teaching Language in Context, Heinle & Heinle, 2001.

 


Language Testing and Assessment

Course Content:

Conceptual Foundation, Constructing an Assessment Use Argument, Developing and Using Language Assessments in the Real World 
References

[1]

L. Bachman and A. Palmer, Language Assessment in Practice, OUP Oxford, 2010.

[2]

H. D. Brown and P. Abeywickrama, Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices, Pearson Education, 2010.

 


Seminar in language teaching issue

Course Content:


Materials development

Course Content:

Approaches to Teaching, Lesson Planning and Classroom Management, Classroom Dynamics, Syllabus Design and Instructional Materials, Task and Project Work, Learning Strategies, Teaching Grammar, Teaching Pronunciation, Teaching Speaking, Teaching Listening, Teaching Vocabulary, Teaching Reading, Teaching Writing, Assessment, Technologies in the Classroom, Professional Development
References

[1]

J. C. Richards, Methodology in Language Teaching: An Anthology of Current Practice, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

[2]

Johnson and K., Designing Language Teaching Tasks, Springer, 2002.

 


Theories of Psycholinguistics

Course Content:

General Issues, Language Comprehension, Language Production and Conversational Interaction, Language Acquisition, Language in Perspective
References

[1]

D. W. Carroll, Psychology of Language, Cengage Learning, 2007.

[2]

J. Field, Psycholinguistics: The Key Concepts, Psychology Press, 2004.

 


English for Specific purposes

Course Content:

Approach not product, Theories of learning, Needs analysis, Application, Materials evaluation
References

[1]

T. Hutchinson and A. Waters, English for Specific Purposes, Cambridge University Press, 1987.

[2]

B. Paltridge and S. Starfield, The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes, John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

 


Introduction to Discourse Analysis

Course Content:

What is discourse analysis?, Discourse and society, Discourse and pragmatics, Discourse and genre, Discourse and conversation, Discourse grammar, Corpus approaches to discourse analysis, Critical discourse analysis, Doing discourse analysis
References

[1]

B. Paltridge, Discourse Analysis: An Introduction, A&C Black, 2006.

[2]

J. Cutting, Pragmatics and Discourse: A Resource Book for Students, Routledge, 2005.

 


Linguistics in Language Teaching

Course Content:

Sounds and Meaning, Words and Meaning, Structure and Meaning, Textual Meaning, Contextual Meaning, Meaning and Reality
References

[1]

L. Jeffries, Meaning in English: An Introduction to Language Study, Palgrave Macmillan, 1998.

[2]

L. Jeffries, Discovering Language: The Structure of Modern English, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

 


Sociolinguistics Theories

Course Content:

Social stratification as a factor, Sex as a factor of linguistic choice, Amsterdam survey Brouwer and van Hout 1992, Age as a factor of linguistic choice, Choice and change, Cultural dimensions of linguistic choice, Linguistic choices across language boundaries, Functional restrictions, Public choice utility
References

[1]

F. Coulmas, Sociolinguistics: The Study of Speakers' Choices, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

[2]

J. Edwards, Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction, OUP USA, 2013.

 


Technology in Language Teaching

Course Content:

Cultural and Ecological Consequences, Educational Consequences
References

[1]

C. A. Bowers, Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability, University of Georgia Press, 2011.

[2]

M. Weller, Virtual Learning Environments: Using, Choosing and Developing your VLE, Routledge, 2007.

 


Research Software in Language Teaching

Course Content:

SPSS, NVivo, WordSmith


Writing Academic Texts

Course Content:

Writing a paragraph , Writing an essay, Sentence structure
References

[1]

A. Oshima, Writing Academic English, 피어슨롱맨, 2006.

[2]

OshimaAlice and A. Hogue, Writing Academic English, Longman, 1999.

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