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TESL 6070 | TESL 6250 | TESL 6300 | TESL 6400 | TESL 6480 | TESL 6500 | TESL 6581 | TESL 6650 | TESL 6900 | TESL 6930 | TESL 6931 | TESL 6940 | TESL 6941 | TESL 6995 | VIEW ALL

TESL 6070: Comparative Religion (3) Offerings
Offers students an introduction to the primary religions of the world, providing a basis from which to understand various worldviews in the context of their historical development and their contemporary setting. Focuses on enabling future ESL/EFL instructors to gain an understanding of the religious perspectives and ethical systems which have influenced their students. Windows to the worlds' major faith traditions will be opened through readings in the history of the tradition (including an introduction to the key figures of that tradition), readings from important and relevant scriptures, readings on current faith and practice, some use of video materials, lecture and discussion.
TESL 6250: Testng & Curriculum Develpment (3) Offerings
Explores approaches to curriculum development, the assessment of ESL proficiency and the development of tests.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6300: Technology in Language Teachng (3) Offerings
Develops an understanding of how to effectively integrate technology such as audio, video, computer software, the Internet and e-mail into the communicative language classroom.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6400: Teaching ESL Grammar (3) Offerings
Helps MA-TESOL students develop a better conscious understanding of the grammar of the language they have chosen to teach, and allows them to effectively present grammatical points to their own future students. Discusses the basic elements of word classes, phrases and sentences, and focuses on elements of English grammar that are especially difficult for non-native speakers, including tenses, negation, interrogatives and modals.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6480: Teaching ESL Reading (3) Offerings
Introduces recent research on second language reading. Explores a number of approaches that enable second language students to develop these modes of language.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6500: Teaching Listening & Speaking (3) Offerings
Highlights historical and current perspectives on the theory and practice of teaching listening and speaking. Includes pronunciation, communicative strategies and cross-cultural aspects.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6581: Teaching ESL Writing (3) Offerings
Explores a variety of approaches and strategies for teaching ESL writing.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6650: Professional Issues & Ethics (3) Offerings
Examines the characteristics of ethical leaders and the influence of core values on teaching. Gives attention to the issues involved in being an effective teacher/leader and colleague in a work environment that is often challenging and unpredictable. Invites students to reflect on these issues in light of Christian and/or other faith and beliefs.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6900: Independent Study (1-6) Offerings
Student works with a faculty member on a mutually agreed upon topic. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6930: Language Learning Practicum (3) Offerings
Provides students whose first language is English the opportunity to become members of an elementary class in a language they have never studied, responsible for all activities, homework and tests. In addition, they keep a journal and observe their learning experience. Students in the practicum participate in online discussions with one another and the practicum supervisor, and write a brief summary at the end of the quarter. Students are responsible for finding their own 10-week, for credit language class. International MA-TESOL students may use this course as an elective in the program.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6931: Cultural Practicum (3) Offerings
Offers international MA-TESOL students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with specific aspects of United States culture that support the development of their professional teaching competence. These aspects include: (a) exploration of difference in higher education between students' home culture and the United States, (b) discussion of various academic discourse styles and practices in higher education, and (c) practice of specific skills and strategies to support students' successful completion of the Phase I and Phase II Teaching Practicum component of the MA-TESOL program. Opportunities will be offered to reflect on these issues in light of Christian and/or other faith and beliefs. Non-international MA-TESOL students may use this course as an elective in the program.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6940: Teaching Practicum Phase I (3) Offerings
Allows students to observe professional teachers in the TESOL field model teaching methods and techniques in a classroom setting. Gives students a sense of the day-by-day progress of classes - something quite different from micro-teaching a single point. Students observe ESL classes eight hours per week. In order to give maximum exposure to different levels and teaching styles, the two classes are in different subjects, at different levels, and taught by two different instructors. Students meet with host instructors and the practicum supervisor on a regular basis; these people make recommendations about students' readiness to proceed to Phase II.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6941: Teaching Practicum Phase II (3) Offerings
Allows students to attend class two hours daily continuing with one of the Phase I teachers and gain actual teaching experience. Students teach about 15 hours during the quarter at the host teacher's discretion. Some of these hours are done consecutively, so the student can get the feel of implementing long-term instructional plans. Phase II gives students opportunities to teach and receive immediate feedback and reflection from the host teacher. Students are observed by the practicum coordinator about two to four hours for feedback. The decision as to whether the student is ready to leave Phase II or continue for one or more additional quarters is made by the MA-TESOL committee, guided by the recommendations of the practicum supervisor and the host instructor. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.
Restrictions:Undergraduate are excluded.
TESL 6995: Thesis (1-6) Offerings
Prerequisites: LIN 6200, EDU 6975 and 6976. Provides structure for students to produce individual qualitative or quantitative research on an approved topic. Research proposals include purpose, hypotheses, methodologies and analytical procedures. Course requirements include a minimum of six conferences with a designated faculty member and a research manuscript written in accordance with program guidelines. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.
Restrictions:TESOL Majors only.



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