University of Pennsylvania

Graduate School of Education

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.Ed.-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The highly acclaimed M.S.Ed. TESOL specialization, housed within the Educational Linguistics Division, prepares students to teach English in settings where English is a second, foreign, or international language. The program emphasizes the many roles and functions of English-language education in the political, social, and academic climate of today’s globalized world. TESOL’s interdisciplinary course of study keeps students highly attuned to the motivations and needs of immigrants who settle in English-speaking nations, international scholars and professionals, and students in countries where English is a second or foreign language. In-depth study and field-based practice prepare students to identify and analyze learner needs, design tailored language curricula, and use a variety of evidence-based teaching and assessment practices. The TESOL specialization focuses on both the practical and the theoretical aspects of the field. The program is classroom-oriented, with a strong focus on pedagogy, sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, and the interaction of language learning and use. Together, these form a dynamic backdrop against which to study the foundational areas of linguistics, literacy, and education. Academic training includes practical experience through observation, fieldwork, and internship in university language institutes and community language and literacy centers in the greater Philadelphia area, including PEDAL@GSE (Practical English for Daily Living), an in-house ESL program staffed by TESOL M.S.Ed. students. M.S.Ed. TESOL graduates teach in a variety of local, national, and international settings. Affiliations with TESOL alumni now in leadership positions at schools and universities worldwide make it possible for students to teach in international settings.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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