Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Handbook

Welcome to the ASU Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) program!  This handbook is designed to help students through the program as efficiently as possible. It includes a discussion of the requirements for the degree and a guide for the procedural aspects of obtaining the degree as well as the MTESOL program checklist. It should be used in conjunction with ASU's Graduate Catalog (https://catalog.asu.edu/index.php?q=graduate). Since it is the student’s responsibility to comply with all university and departmental requirements and to become informed of their nature and application, it is in the student’s best interest to be thoroughly familiar with this handbook and to consult with the MTESOL director on a regular basis.

Building on the general description of the degree requirements, here is a list of specific points students should keep in mind:   

1.  Plan of study.  

It is is in the student's best interest to file an official interactive plan of study (iPOS) with the Graduate College at the earliest possible date, but at the very latest when they reach 50 percent of their program (15 hours). The iPOS lists the courses to be completed and the name of the MTESOL Director. The iPOS also indicates the language selected for the Graduate Foreign Language Examination.  The student submits the iPOS electronically.

The Graduate College requires that the student be registered for at least one hour of appropriate graduate level credit in the department in which he or she is pursuing a degree in the semester in which work on the degree is completed, or at any time that the student utilizes university facilities or a professor's time.  This includes registering for at least one credit during the semester that the student applies for graduation.

2.  Required courses.  

As the table below shoes, students should take LIN510(a) and LIN520 in their first full semester, LIN500 and LIN521 in their second full semester, and LIN584 and ENG597 in their final semester. 

 
 
Fall 2016
Spring
2017
Summer
2017
Fall
2017
Spring
2018
Summer
2018
Fall
2018
Spring
2019
LIN510
LIN520
Elective
LIN500
LIN521
Elective
Elective
 
LIN 584

ENG597
Elective
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LIN510
LIN520
Elective
Elective
 
LIN500
LIN521
Elective
LIN584

ENG597
Elective
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LIN510
LIN520
Elective
LIN500
LIN521
Elective
Elective
 
LIN 584

ENG597
Elective
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LIN510
LIN520
Elective
Elective
 
LIN500
LIN521
Elective
LIN584

ENG597
Elective

(a) LIN 510 or its equivalent is a prerequisite to all upper-level linguistics courses. Only one introductory linguistics course is permitted on the MTESOL plan of study.

3.  Elective courses.  

3 credit hours of elective courses must be taken from the English department (e.g., LIN511-Phonetics and phonology, LIN513-Semantics, LIN514-Syntax, LIN515-American English, LIN516-Pragmatics/discourse analysis, LIN517-History of the English language, LIN522-Grammar for TESL, LIN523-Language testing and assessment, LIN524-Curriculum design and materials development, LIN584-MTESOL practicum internship(b), LIN590-Reading and conference(c), LIN591-Special topics(d), ENG504-Cross-cultural studies, ENG507-Methods and issues in teaching composition, ENG525-Teaching second language writing, ENG557-Computer-assisted language learning).  

An additional 9 credit hours of elective courses may be taken from any department (including the English department). Potentially suitable choices can be found by searching the ASU online course catalog (https://webapp4.asu.edu/catalog/) for courses in anthropology (ASB591-Special topicsd), bilingual education (e.g., BLE511-Introduction to language minority education, BLE520-ESL for children, BLE522-Literacy/biliteracy development, BLE533-Literacy in secondary BLE/ESL, BLE535-Sociolinguistic issues in bilingual education, BLE537-Language structure acquisition, BLE541-Nature of bilingualism / second language acquisition, BLE561-Parent involvement in language), international letters and cultures (SLC510-Computer-assisted language learning praxis, SLC515-Second language acquisition, SLC598-Special topicsd), and speech and hearing science (SHS565-Speech/language acquisition).  

(b) The internship involves practical teaching or teaching-related experience. It is a required course, so students must take it one time (for 3 credits); but students also have the choice of taking it more than one time because the internship can be take for a total of up to 9 credits. If a student takes the internship more than one time (i.e., for more than 3 credits), the additional time(s)/credit(s) will count as electives.

(c) This is an independent study course, and can be taken for a total of up to 6 credits (e.g., taken for 3 credits twice). The student chooses a topic to study, finds a professor who is willing to supervise the work, and arranges with the professor a plan for the student to do the work.   

(d) The topic of this course changes every semester. (For example, recent topics in LIN591 include “Teaching second language writing” and “Introduction to computer assisted language learning”, in ASB591 include “identity, nations, and globalization” and “ethnography, theory, and imagination”, and in SLC598 include “Issues in syntax” and “sociolinguistics”.)

4.  Pre-Admission Credits.  

With the approval of the advisor, students may include a maximun of 12 graduate level credit hours with grades of B or better, provided they are courses appropriate to the program and are not more than three years old. MTESOL required courses that have been taken during a student’s undergraduate studies may be transferred only if those courses were taken within the last 12 units of the undergraduate degree and were not used towards that degree. Credit for pre-admission credit is given when the student files the plan of study.

5.  Graduate Capstone Seminar (ENG597). 

This course will provide students with a culminating experience in which they bring together all the knowledge they have learned in prior courses in a way that is meaningful and relevant to their professional goals.  For example, the course may involve writing a research paper, designing a curriculum (e.g., teaching materials, lessons plans, assessment tools), or developing a professional portfolio. 

6.  Language requirement. 

The ASU School for International Letters and Cultures (SILC) provides a detailed description of the procedure for the Graduate Foreign Language Examination (http://silc.asu.edu/testing/graduate), which is offered twice a year.  

7.  Internships and professional development.  

Gaining practical teaching and teaching-related experience can be very important for MTESOL students, and the LIN584-MTESOL practicum internship is an effective way to gain such experience.  Depending on supply and demand, internships may be available in various language programs in the Phoenix area every semester, for example:
- ASU American English and Culture Program (AECP)
- ASU Downtown community learning center and Salvation Army Citadel
- ASU workers’ ESL classes 
- Arizona Lost Boys and Girls Center
- Gateway Community College
- International Rescue Committee
- Somali-Bantu Community Center
(Questions about the internship can be directed to the English department’s internship coordinator [Ruby.Macksoud@asu.edu].)

Besides LIN584, other language teaching opportunities may be available on campus. If a student has excellent proficiency in a foreign language, s/he may be able to apply for a teaching assistantship in SILC. Also, ASU’s AECP occasionally sends out advertisements for positions such as language teaching assistants.   

Off campus, students who wish to teach at community colleges in Arizona may have to take additional courses to qualify.  For example, to teach in the Maricopa County Community College system, faculty are required to take EDU250-Teaching and learning in the community college, or its equivalent. See the following for more details: http://www.maricopa.edu/employees/divisions/hr/jobs/applying/facultymin 

Professional development also occurs through conferences, and each spring, there is an ASU linguistics/TESOL graduate student symposium. At this annual conference, an average of 20 linguistics and MTESOL students give presentations on their work. This is an excellent opportunity for MTESOL students to hear what their classmates are working on and to share their own work in an informal setting. Larger conferences such as AZ-TESOL also meet regularly and attending these can be beneficial to a student’s career.

Students may also be interested in non-teaching professional experience, and on-campus employment opportunities may be available. This may include openings in the Center for Asian Studies, the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SILC’s Latin American Studies, and the Summer Programs Institute. More information on such opportunities is available from the MTESOL director.

MTESOL students can receive information on professional development activities through email and the bulletin board on the third floor of the Durham Languages and Literatures building; more relevant information is posted on the Linguistics bulletin board on the second floor.  Students are also encouraged to join the Graduate Scholars of English (GSEA). GSEA organizes professional development workshops on topics that may be related to MTESOL studies.

8.  Graduation deadlines.  

All students are required to apply for graduation on their MYASU homepage. The deadline for application for graduation is roughly two months before the end of the semester, e.g., Oct. 19 for the fall and March 15 for the spring. (These are approximate deadlines, so students must obtain the exact deadline for a given semester from the Graduate College.)

9.  Commonly used web sites and email addresses

  • Fill out the interactive plan of study on your MYASU homepage  by the time 15 credits are completed.
  • List all courses for your degree. Only list courses relevant to your degree to equal 30 hours.
  • Obtain MTESOL director’s signature on the approval page.
  • Bring your approval page to the graduate program manager for department submission.
Course work (Completion of 30 credits)
Required Courses (18 credits)
LIN500 Research Methods
LIN510 English Linguistics
LIN520 Theories Underlying the Acquisition of English as a Second Language
LIN521 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
LIN584 MTESOL Practicum Internship
ENG597 Graduate Capstone Seminar
 
Electives (12 credits)
Language Examination (for native speakers of English):
  • Select a book in the foreign language (over 200 pages).
  • Obtain MTESOL director approval on application for foreign language examination form.
  • Obtain approval of foreign language testing supervisor.
  • Complete examination.
Apply for graduation online on your MYASU homepage.