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    The American University in Cairo
  Feb 25, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A.)

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Professors Emeriti: Y. El-Ezabi, E, F. Perry, P. Stevens

Professor: A. Agameya (Chair)
Associate Professors: R. Bassiouney, M. Plumlee, A. Gebril

The graduate programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) are designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of teachers, researchers, and administrators in the profession. These programs attract an international student body and combine rigorous academic standards with an appropriate balance between theory and practice.


It is desirable that applicants for the Master of Arts degree in TESOL have teaching experience prior to admission into the program; they may also acquire this experience concurrent with the program.


Applicants who are not native speakers of English will be required to demonstrate on the TOEFL with TWE that their command of English is adequate for study in the program.

For thesis writers:

For thesis writers, a minimum of 33 graduate hours plus the thesis is required. For non-thesis writers, a minimum of 36 graduate hours is required plus a comprehensive examination.


In choosing electives, students with assistance of their advisors, are to choose at least one course from two of the groups listed below.



In the case of APLN 5370  Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics, the course topic must relate to the general category.

Capstone Portfolio

As a part of their graduation requirements, students will submit a capstone portfolio at the end of their final semester. The capstone portfolio will include various items of graded student work from core and elective courses showing that students have successfully achieved MATESOL program learning outcomes. The capstone portfolio will be submitted as a final assignment in 


Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examination consists of a written examination followed by an oral examination. It is required only of students not writing theses, and may not be taken more than twice.


The thesis as a requirement for graduation is optional. The student who chooses to write a thesis must produce a professional paper on some aspect of TESOL/applied linguistics. The thesis must be prepared under the guidance and close supervision of a faculty adviser and a designated committee, and must be defended to the satisfaction of the department. The thesis defense is not open to the public.

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