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2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
2012-2013 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

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

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Professors Emeriti: S. El Araby, Y. El-Ezabi, E, F. Perry, P. Stevens
Professor: A. Agameya
Associate Professors: R. Williams (Director, English Language Institute), M. Plumlee
Assistant Professors: L. Fredricks, 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.


Applicants for the Master of Arts degree in TESOL must have teaching experience prior to admission into the program, or may 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 TESL 540 Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics, the course topic must relate to the general category.

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.

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