Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Master of Arts, Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The first of its kind in the state of Kansas, Emporia State's Master of Arts graduate program in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to serve the increasing need for Teaching English as a Second and/or Foreign Language nationally at the college and public school levels and internationally in private and public institutions.
Graduate Certificate in TESOL
The TESOL Graduate Certificate is designed for international teachers and non-education majors in general. There is a growing need and worldwide demand for this type of short-term TESOL training program. With course entry points during the fall, spring, and summer, the certificate can be completed in 12 months or less, depending on the student course load. The TESOL Graduate Certificate credits may be applied towards the MATESOL degree and other degrees such as master degree programs at The Teachers College that list those five courses as electives.
The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Teacher Endorsement program at Emporia State is designed to provide in-service or pre-service teachers an ESOL endorsement from the State of Kansas. The courses making up the endorsement curricula provide skills needed to ensure effective special English language and content instruction to English Learners.
What is the need for TESOL?
English Learners (ELs) are the fastest growing segment of the US student population.
While the EL student population continues to increase dramatically, the number of well-trained teachers that can provide effective instruction to these students has not dramatically increased.
About 50% of teachers in the field report that they are unprepared to meet EL students’ needs.
ESOL is one of the areas that are hard-to-fill in Kansas.
ELs are much less likely than Native English Speaking peers to graduate from high school or meet state & national standards.
What can TESOL do for you and your students?
- You become an effective teacher with strategies to support ALL learners, not just English Learners.
- Marketability: Most school districts prefer teachers who have an ESOL Licensure through coursework.
- Job security: Many school districts require their teachers to go back to college to get this licensure.
- Research-based Quality Program and Best practices: Research has shown that ESU TESOL program completers possess knowledge, skills, dispositions, and strategies that support both ELs (English Learners) and all students in academic success.
The teacher of TESOL
- Uses research-based critical pedagogical approach in Second Language Learning and Teaching
- Uses Critical Cross-Cultural Communicative Competence (CCCCC)
- Integrates Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (CALLT)
- Belongs to a professional community:
- TESOL International Association
- Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
- National Association for Bilingual Education
- American Association for Applied Linguistics
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What is TESOL?
TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (the professional field that prepares teachers to address the needs of ELs)
ELs (or ELLs) - English Learners or English Language Learners - the students we serve
ESL - English as a Second Language - the service offered to students
ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages - the content area studied by teachers
EFL - English as a Foreign Language - the teaching of English outside an English speaking country