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TESL - Teaching English as a Second Language


2022-2023 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Volume 1: 2022.2023

Effective 1 June 2022 through 31 May 2023

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Course Descriptions

TESL 5030 Linguistics for Language Learning and Teaching (3)

This course provides an overview of the field of linguistics and many of its subfields, including phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, and conversation/discourse analysis.  More attention will be paid to applied linguistics (in contrast to descriptive linguistics) with a focus on linguistic knowledge that supports language learning and instruction.  

TESL 5040 Practicum in English Language Classrooms (1-3)

This practicum is a culminating experience that provides students an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in prior TESL coursework through differentiated curriculum development, demonstrated classroom teaching and collaboration with other teachers and administrators. Students submit a unit portfolio of annotated lesson plans that demonstrate skills in lesson plans development, selection of strategies and materials, and language assessment practices that can meet the needs of diverse learners in today's classrooms.  An application for Practicum is required.  May be taken for 1 to 3 credit hours near the end of the program.  The Practicum requirement for the program (a total of 90 hours) may be completed with 3 credit hours of TESL 5040 or in combination with TESL 5041 and TESL 5042 for a total of 3 credits.  Prerequisite: Candidacy.

TESL 5041 Tutoring of English (1)

Tutoring of English may be taken to fulfill 30 hours (1 credit) toward the 90-hour (3 credit) program requirement for Practicum.  This option is designed to be taken earlier in the program concurrent with one or more TESL courses.  Students will log a total of 30 hours of tutoring (in person or virtual), write a two-to-three page reflection, and prepare at least three annotated tutoring worksheets or activities (original or modified).  In order to fulfill the program requirement in Practicum, students who take TESL 5041 must complete another 2 credits through completion of 2 credits in TESL 5040 or 1 credit in TESL 5042 and 1 credit in TESL 5040. 

TESL 5042 Initial Practicum in English Language Classrooms (1)

Initial Practicum in English Classrooms may be taken to fulfill 30 hours (1 credit) toward the 90-hour (3 credit) program requirement for Practicum.  This option is designed to be taken in the middle of the program concurrent with one or more TESL courses.  Students will log a total of 30 hours observing an English language or ELL-designated classroom, write a two-to-three page reflection, and prepare at least one annotated "shadow" lesson plan.  In order to fulfill the program requirement in Practicum, students who take TESL 5042 must complete another 2 credits through completion of 2 credits in TESL 5040 or 1 credit in TESL 5041 and 1 credit in TESL 5040. 

TESL 5139 Instructional Methods for Language Classrooms (3)

This course provides an overview of instructional methods for more effective language classrooms with a focus on the "four skills" of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, the use of authentic materials, and the integration of technology.  Students will learn to select research-based strategies and develop instructional materials to meet the needs of language learners while differentiating instruction and assessment to meet the needs of diverse learners.  

TESL 5200 Independent Study (3)

MA students with special interests or needs not met by existing curricula may request that a faculty member supervise an independent study. Together the student and faculty member decide the content of the study and the criteria for evaluation. In no case can an independent study be set up when an existing course already treats the subject. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: Permission of the program director. 

TESL 5220 Lesson Planning and Curriculum Development for Language Classrooms (3)

This course explores the literature on curriculum development and syllabus design, including the alignment of instruction to standards and objectives.  Students will focus on lesson plan development and ways to plan instruction for different instructional types (in-person, videoconference, blended, etc..).  Students will also examine existing curricular materials to critique and propose modifications to meet the needs of diverse learners.  

TESL 5230 Theories of Foreign and Second Language Acquisition (3)

This course explores theories and perspectives of foreign and second language acquisition.  Students will analyze and compare first and second language learning and acquisition along with recent theories on multilingual learners and translanguaging.  Students will examine the identities of individual and groups of learners to explore how identity impacts language acquisition.

TESL 5311 Language Assessment (3)

This course introduces and analyzes different formats and types of language assessments as a reflection of varies linguistic contexts, language teaching and language acquisition goals. Assessment techniques, practices and procedures are discussed in terms of test validity and reliability, in addition to formative and summative assessment practices. Students will learn to develop, critique and modify testing items, procedures and materials in order to benefit the diverse needs of English language learners. 

TESL 5350 Sociolinguistics (3)

This course explores various factors of language variation (location, gender, race, sexual identity, social class, etc...) and how the attitudes of language speakers lead to concepts such as "standard" and "non-standard.".  This course will also examine individual and societal multilingualism (such as diglossia, codeswitching, and translanguaging). 

TESL 5710 Teaching English Grammar (3)

This course introduces modern English grammar, as well as modalities of including it in the day-to-day language instruction. It is designed to provide English language teachers with a knowledge base of various English structures, with regard to syntax (i.e., form), semantics (i.e., meaning), and pragmatics (i.e., use). Special emphasis is given to the development of fun, communicative and interactive lesson plans and activities, which target specific grammar points while meeting various test standards Students will develop their own materials to provide instruction in grammar concepts. Prerequisite: Candidacy or permission.

TESL 5720 Teaching English Pronunciation (3)

Teaching English pronunciation to non-native speakers of English is often one of the most intimidating tasks facing an ESL teacher. This course takes students through the consonant and vowel systems of English, with focus on describing proper articulation and developing pedagogical materials. Special attention is paid to "suprasegmental features" in English, which are the stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns that can more affect intelligibility. Students will design pronunciation materials and conduct a textbook analysis. Prerequisite: Candidacy or permission.

TESL 5730 Materials Development for Language Classrooms (3)

This course introduces digital literacy and its application in language teaching. It assists candidates to create hands-on teaching materials for both face-to-face and online courses in language classrooms. The course focuses on creating mini-lessons using handouts, descriptive packets, cartoons, animations, movies, video games, YouTube, Vimeo, mobile apps, social networking sites, and other web-enhanced materials. The main emphasis is on using new technologies to create engaging teaching and learning activities. Candidates will develop a digital portfolio, which will be useful for their job interviews and conference presentations. The course should benefit all TESOL candidates and foreign language education candidates.

TESL 5740 English for Academic Purposes (3)

In this course, students will build the necessary academic English skills for the successful completion of graduate-level coursework in a U.S. university program. Students will also reflect on the course activities and consider how they might use similar activities in their future teaching. 

TESL 5750 Special Institute in TESL (3)

Webster offers various institutes to provide a wide range of workshop experiences and contemporary topics within the teaching English to speakers of other languages. Detailed current information appears in the specific semester course offerings. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

TESL 5760 English for Specific Purposes (3)

In order to prepare teacher candidates to meet the needs of English learners in varied contexts (content classrooms, business English, scientific writing and research, high-stakes testing preparation, etc.), this course in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is designed to prepare teacher candidates to conduct needs analysis, develop innovative lessons and courses, design needs-focused materials and respond dynamically to meet the needs of varied ESP learners. 

TESL 6250 Thesis (3)

The student completes a thesis project under faculty supervision. The thesis option is recommended for those considering graduate study at a doctoral level. All theses must follow university guidelines and be deposited at the Webster University library. All teaching English to speakers of other languages theses must follow both university guidelines and the additional specific guidelines for teaching English to speakers of other languages. The student pursuing the thesis option initially registers for a minimum of 3 credit hours, and subsequently maintains a minimum enrollment of 3 hours until the thesis is completed. Most students need more than one semester to finish the thesis. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be applied toward the graduate degree, with appropriate approvals. Credit for the thesis and thesis project is awarded in a non-letter grade format (Credit/No Credit). Prerequisite: Permission from the director of the TESOL program is required. Co-requisite: TESL 6900.

TESL 6900 University Thesis Requirement (0)

Required of all MA students completing a thesis project. All theses must follow university and departmental guidelines and be deposited in the Webster University library. Recognizes successful completion of all the thesis requirements. Prerequisite: Permission from the director of the TESOL program. Co-requisite: TESL 6250.