Program Coordinator: Anne Eideger; 1022 West Building; (212) 772-4686; email@example.com
The TESOL program is designed to educate people who wish to teach students for whom English is a second or foreign language – either children or adults. The skill of teaching English to speakers of other languages is acquired through studying specialized methods and techniques that differ from those used by teachers of English to native speakers. This preparation is the focus of the MA program in TESOL.
The TESOL Adult Program prepares students to teach adults in college, continuing education, literacy, business, private, and other community, academic and professional programs in the United States or abroad. It does not prepare teachers for New York State certification to teach in the public schools.
The MA program in TESOL is interdisciplinary. It encompasses courses that provide students with a theoretical and practical background in general linguistics, phonetics, the structure of American English, second language acquisition, related psychological, sociological, and anthropological aspects, as well as the methods and materials of English language instruction to various populations. Student must also complete a student teaching/practicum at the level(s) at which they intend to teach. Courses in the TESOL curriculum reflect three levels of hierarchy: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Because introductory courses are prerequisites for more advanced courses, students are to take courses in this sequence.
Students may be exempted from up to six credits of course work in any of the TESOL programs, subject to program approval, if they have taken similar content elsewhere.
Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Each applicant’s grade point average, college coursework, written personal statement and interview, English language proficiency, foreign language credits, letter of recommendation and quality of experience are all carefully considered for admission to the program.
Links to the ESL classroom are emphasized and students are exposed to extensive field experiences and practice. Students should be prepared to spend considerable amounts of time observing and participating in educational settings in addition to attending classes at Hunter.