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  • ENGL 625 Introduction to TESOL
    • Introduces key concepts in teaching English as a second or foreign language. Offers a broad introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to become a professional teacher of ESL or EFL and prepares students for the remainder of the M.A./TESOL program. Students are expected to improve their language ability as well as their research and presentation skills in this course. Required for M.A./TESOL students in their first semester. 
  • ENGL 630 Research on the Teaching of Literacy and Literature 
    • Examines theory and research in literacy, reading and responding to literature and other forms of writing, and the teaching of young adult and other relevant works of literature. Includes application of theory and research to classroom practices.
  • ENGL 641 Topics in ESL Pedagogy 
    • Explores a single topic in depth. Topics, announced in advance, include such areas as ESL Testing, Teaching Listening Comprehension for ESL Students, Teaching English for Specific Purposes, and Teaching Writing for ESL Students.
  • ENGL 643 ESL/TEFL Methodology 
    • Surveys current theory and practice in teaching English to non-native speakers and includes traditional and innovative approaches, design, and procedures for teaching all language skills at various educational levels.
  • ENGL 644 ESL Material and Media 
    • Introduces the basic principles of ESL course design and the evaluation, adaptation, and design of ESL classroom materials and media. Students gain an understanding of the structure and uses of ESL materials, as well as a hands-on experience in syllabus design and the evaluation, adaptation, and creation of ESL materials for specific purposes. Students work on an ESL/EFL media and materials project and put on a Materials and Media Fair where they show their projects.
  • ENGL 681/781/881 Special Topics 
    • Courses relating to specialized interests in literature, rhetoric, or linguistics which fulfill special needs or interests. May become permanent course offerings.
  • ENGL 688 Practicum in TESOL 
    • Intended to provide a balance between observation and practical teaching experience. Students plan, teach, and reflect on lessons. Emphasis is placed on application of theory and pedagogical knowledge gained from course work, as well as on developing skills to reflect on teaching and its consequences for learners. Class size is limited to fifteen students. Although not a prerequisite, this course can be used as a way to prepare for a teaching internship.
  • ENGL 692 American English Grammar 
    • The study of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of present-day American English, using various approaches to the analysis of grammar and usage.
  • ENGL 694 Observation in Teaching English 
    • Surveys instruments to observe classroom teaching behavior and provides practice in the use of observation instruments. Surveys research on classroom teaching and design. Emphasizes awareness of teaching behaviors and their consequences in English classrooms for native and non-native speakers of English.
  • ENGL 696 Internship in ESL/EFL 
    • Consists of one semester of supervised teaching, tutorial activities, and materials preparation for non-native English-speaking students. The purpose of the practicum is to demonstrate the candidate’s preparation for teaching English as a second or foreign language.
  • ENGL 699 Independent Study
    • Study in depth of topics not available through regular course work. Student works with supervising professor on carefully planned, student-initiated project. Prior approval necessary. 
  • ENGL 723 Second Language Teaching
    • Considers trends, issues, and research in second language teaching and assessment; also considers ways teachers can explore teaching beliefs and practices.
  • ENGL 724 Second Language Acquisition
    • Introduces current research in second language acquisition, especially of English. Focuses on prominent research trends in the study of the language learner, the process of acquisition, and the interaction of learner, language, and context.
  • ENGL 725 Second Language Literacy
    • Studies theory, research, and pedagogy associated with the development of literacy in two languages, either simultaneously or successively. Focuses on how individuals and groups become literate in English as an additional or second language. Includes explorations of political, cultural, social, and contextual, as well as cognitive, textual, and educational, issues that arise in acquiring and using a second literacy. Open to M.A./TESOL and Ph.D. students in Composition and TESOL.
  • ENGL 730 Teaching Writing
    • Studies characteristics of the writing process and of the basic writer, methods for the evaluation of writing, and approaches to the teaching of writing.
  • ENGL 742 Cross-Cultural Communications
    • Investigates cultural behaviors, assumptions, values, and conflicts surrounding communication across cultures in the context of teaching English as a second or foreign language at all levels.
  • ENGL 744 Reading Theory and the College English Teacher
    • Examines the psycholinguistic and ethnographic research on the fluent reading process of native and non-native college readers, as it pertains to the teaching of reading and writing for academic purposes.

Additional Resources

Current course descriptions may be found in the Composition and TESOL Newsletter. General English course descriptions are available from the Graduate Catalog. You may register for classes on line through MyIUP.

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