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Students concentrating in TESOL at UL-Lafayette follow a curriculum that establishes a strong core of knowledge while allowing students to develop their own interests within the broader field of linguistics. In addition to the English Department’s array of appropriate electives, UL’s nationally recognized Computer Science program, the departments of Psychology, Modern Languages, Communicative Disorders, and the department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education all offer courses that permit students to pursue a wide variety of interests and applications.
Programs Offered
The English department offers a Certificate in TESOL and an M.A. in English with a concentration in TESOL.
Master's Degree Course Requirements
M.A. students who select the concentration in TESOL are exempted from the English Department’s other course requirements for the M.A. Instead, they take the five required core courses and three additional electives from the list below:
required (5):
ENGL 506 Principles of Linguistics
ENGL 452 Language, Culture, and Society
ENGL 561 Syntax, Morphology, and Semantics for ESOL Teachers
ENGL 562 Applied Phonetics and Pronunciation Teaching
ENGL 563 Second Language Acquisition
electives (3):
EDCI 471 Professional Preparation for ESOL Teachers (required for those seeking Louisiana state certification)
ENGL 405 History of the English Language
ENGL 425 Semantics
ENGL 455 Topics in Linguistics (may be repeated for credit)
ENGL 458 Investigating Text and Talk
ENGL 553 Seminar in Linguistics (may be repeated for credit)
If desired, for one of the three elective courses, students may select a non-linguistics graduate-level course in English, such as a class in literature, composition, folklore, or creative writing, or an appropriate graduate course in CODI, Psychology, Modern Languages, or EDCI.
Thesis or Non-thesis Options
Students concentrating in TESOL can choose to focus on their teaching practicum or complete a thesis. For the 33-hour non-thesis option, students will take one additional elective course and do a 6 hour teaching practicum which will require them to teach ESOL for a semester and produce a paper or project that reflects on their experiences as a teacher. Various ESOL placements are available within the University or the community, or students might take advantage of internships or jobs available around the world. Students who prefer to write a thesis will complete 6 hours of ENGL 599 and be supervised in a research project by the TESOL faculty.
Students on M.A. assistantship are encouraged, but not required, to take ENGL 501 in their first spring semester. This course prepares students to teach First-year Composition and dovetails nicely with the goals of the TESOL program.
Requirements for the Certificate in TESOL
Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in any subject at any accredited institution may apply for admission to the certificate program. After completing with a grade of B or better the five required courses for the MA degree listed above, the student will be awarded a certificate stating that he or she has completed the theoretical training for the degree. Contact the Graduate School for more information about applying for the certificate program.
For more information about the programs or application process, contact
Dr. Claiborne Rice
TESOL Concentration
P.O. Box 44691
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, LA 70504-4691
phone: 337-482-1327
email: crice@louisiana.edu
Mark Honegger, Ph.D.
Claiborne Rice, Ph.D.
Michele Feist, Ph.D.
Wilbur Bennett, M.A.

Document last revised Tuesday, September 8, 2015 1:56 PM

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