TESOL Programs

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Jelena Colovic-Markovic

Director of TESOL Program 
Associate Professor of TESOL
jmarkovic@wcupa.edu
Mitchell Hall 233 | 610-436-3371

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Approved Program of Study Form
(ESL Program Specialist Certificate Students should submit the completed form to Program Director)

TESL Cert. & TESOL MA candidates apply for graduation. See how: instructions

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the TESOL Programs at West Chester University is to educate and prepare candidates, so that they are knowledgeable in the factors and issues which inform second language education, are highly capable instructors of English as a Second Language for a variety of learners in a variety of contexts including public schools (PK-12), and have the skills necessary to function as effective language and literacy educators and community leaders among diverse populations both within the U.S. and abroad.

The courses and scholarship in the TESL Program fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Language (Content Knowledge): Candidates know, understand, and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language to help English language learners (ELLs) develop language and literacy and achieve in the content areas.
  2. Culture: Candidates know, understand, and use major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs.
  3. Instruction: Candidates know, understand, and use evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing standards-based ESL and content instruction. Candidates are knowledgeable about program models and skilled in teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills. They integrate technology as well as choose and adapt classroom resources appropriate for their ELLs.
  4. Assessment: Candidates demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of assessment and use standards-based procedures with ELLs.
  5. Professionalism: Candidates keep current with new instructional techniques, research results, advances in the ESL field, and education policy issues and demonstrate knowledge of the history of ESL teaching. They use such information to reflect on and improve their instruction and assessment practices. Candidates work collaboratively with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for ELLs and their families.
  6. Information literacy: Candidates determine and evaluate information critically, use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, and access and use information ethically and legally. Candidates communicate information in a clear manner.

 

TESOL Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching English to
Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) is an interdisciplinary graduate program administered by the department of Languages and Cultures, and in collaboration with English, Literacy, Communicative Disorders, and various programs within the College of Education. The MA is designed to educate and prepare candidates for a career teaching English to learners whose first/home language is not English and for pre-certified teachers who wish to develop their field-related expertise in the areas of second language teaching, curriculum design, assessment, language program development, and educational leadership and advocacy.

We prepare our students to address the factors and issues which inform second language education and to become highly capable instructors of English as a Second Language in a variety of contexts including public schools (PK-12). Our graduates have the skills necessary to function as effective language and literacy educators and community leaders among diverse populations both within the U.S. and abroad. 

WCU also offers a Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved ESL Program Specialist Certificate (PDEEPS), designed to qualify pre-certified teachers to teach ESL in PA public schools. The program is 18-credits and can be pursued en route to the TESOL MA or as a standalone certification. The credits count towards the TESOL MA. 

MA TESOL: Admission Requirements
and Curriculum

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to a graduate program at West Chester, applicants must document background in the following areas:

1.    Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country. A minimum 2.80/4.0 undergraduate GPA is required. 

2.    Prior "Introduction to Linguistics" coursework (subject to approval by a TESOL program adviser). Applicants who do not meet this criterion will be offered provisional admission to the program and be required to take LIN 501 during the fall semester in order to gain full admission status;

3.    Proficiency in English. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official report from one of the following organizations:

o    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - applicants must score a minimum of 92 for the internet-based exam (237 for the computer-based exam, 580 for the paper-based exam); or

o    IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - applicants must receive an overall IELTS score at band 6.5 or above, and minimum scores of 6.5 for speaking, listening, reading and writing are preferred.

o    In addition, for students in the ESL Program Specialist Certificate Program (PDEEPS), applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English via the ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) test called the "English Language Oral Proficiency Interview" (OPI). 

4.    GRE scores are not required for application or admission to TESOL Programs at WCU.

Curriculum

Further information is provided in the Program Handbook.

M.A in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (36 Semester hours)
Required courses (24 semester hours)
  • LAN 500 (Methods and Materials of Research in Second Language Education)
  • *LAN 504 (Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language)
  • LIN 540 (Sociolinguistics)
  • ENG 575 (Structure of Modern English)
  • *ENG 576 (Curriculum and Materials for TESOL)
  • ENG 581 (Teaching Reading and Writing to ESL Students)
  • ENG/LAN 583 (Second Language Acquisition)
  • *ENG 587 (ESL Practicum)
[* Denotes courses with field experience. Clearances must be completed before starting any courses which involve field experiences in public schools in Pennsylvania]

Electives (12 semester hours)

  • LAN 505 Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education
  • LAN 550 Classroom Discourse
  • LAN 555 Computer Applications for Language Learning
  • LAN 569 Teaching English Language Learners PK-12
  • LAN 578 Teaching Listening and Speaking to ESL/Second Language Learners
  • LAN 579 Teaching Pronunciation to English Language Learners
  • LAN 580 Seminar in Second Language Education
  • LAN 581 Implicit/Explicit Instruction and Corrective Feedback
  • LAN 588 Second Language (L2) Vocabulary Learning and Teaching
  • ENG 611 Content-Based ESL/Second Language Instruction
  • LAN 612 Assessment of ESL/Second Language Students

Other courses are subject to advisor approval.

MA TESL candidates also submit a culminating assessment portfolio and take a required comprehensive examination upon completion of the required coursework (final semester). Candidates must inform the program director of the completion plan to schedule the examination at their earliest convenience (no later than the beginning of the final semester).

MA TESOL: Application Materials

Application Materials

A complete application to the Master of Arts in TESOL program consists of the following: 

1.    Completed application - Applicants may apply online with a rolling deadline at: www.wcupa.edu/applynow

2.    Official transcripts from every college and university attended 

3.    A written statement of professional goals 

4.    Two letters of recommendation 

5.    Resume 

6.    Documented background in the following areas:

o   Minimum 2.80/4.0 undergraduate GPA 

o    “Introduction to Linguistics” coursework (subject to approval). Applicants who do not meet this criterion will be offered provisional admission. 

o    Proficiency in English. Non-native speakers of English must submit a TOEFL score of 92 or IELTS score of 6.5 

Certificate in Teaching English
as a Second Language (TESL)

The Certificate in TESL provides an introduction into teaching English to speakers of other languages. The Certificate is primarily designed to qualify pre-certified teachers to teach ESL in Pennsylvania public schools, in cases where a primary teaching certification is already in place at the time of application to the program and is approved by Pennsylvania Department of Education. The course sequence may also be geared to prepare graduates for EFL or ESL teaching outside of PK-12 public school contexts in the U.S. and abroad. 

The Certificate in TESL applicants planning to teach ESL in PA public schools (that is applying for PDE ESL Program Specialist (PDEEPS) Certificate) should have previously student taught and earned formal (stand-alone) certification from the PDE in another area before entering this program. Applicants to PDEEPS are required to first earn Instructional I certification in an alternate subject area (e.g., K-12 Spanish or French, Secondary English, Social Studies) recognized by the PDE in order to apply for the necessary qualification for teaching ESL in the public schools in Pennsylvania.

Certificate in TESL: Admission Requirements
and Curriculum

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to a graduate program at West Chester, applicants must document background in the following areas:

1.    Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country. A minimum 2.80/4.0 undergraduate GPA is required. 

2.    Prior "Introduction to Linguistics" coursework (subject to approval by a TESOL program adviser). Applicants who do not meet this criterion will be offered provisional admission to the program and be required to take LIN 501 during the fall semester in order to gain full admission status;

3.    Proficiency in English. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official report from one of the following organizations:

o    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - applicants must score a minimum of 92 for the internet-based exam (237 for the computer-based exam, 580 for the paper-based exam); or

o    IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - applicants must receive an overall IELTS score at band 6.5 or above, and minimum scores of 6.5 for speaking, listening, reading and writing are preferred.

o    In addition, for students in the ESL Program Specialist Certificate Program (PDEEPS), applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English via the ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) test called the "English Language Oral Proficiency Interview" (OPI). 

4.    GRE scores are not required for application or admission to TESOL Programs at WCU.

5.    Teaching Certification (if planning to teach ESL in PA public schools)

Curriculum

Further information is provided in the Program Handbook.

Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) (18 semester hours)
Required courses (18 semester hours)
    • LIN 501 (Introduction to Linguistics) 
    • *LAN 504 (Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language)
    • LIN 540 (Sociolinguistics)
    • *ENG/LAN 569 (Teaching English Language Learners PK-12)
    • ENG 575 (Structure of Modern English)
    • *ENG 576 (Curriculum and Materials for TESOL)

[* Denotes courses with field experience. Clearances must be completed before starting any courses which involve field experiences in public schools in Pennsylvania]

Certificate in TESL: Application Materials

Application Materials

A complete application to the Certificate in TESL program consists of the following: 

1.    Completed application - Applicants may apply online with a rolling deadline at: www.wcupa.edu/applynow

2.    Official transcripts from every college and university attended 

3.    A written statement of professional goals 

4.    Two letters of recommendation 

5.    Resume 

6.    Documented background in the following areas:

o    Minimum 2.80/4.0 undergraduate GPA 

o     “Introduction to Linguistics” coursework (subject to approval). Applicants who do not meet this criterion will be offered provisional admission. 

o     Proficiency in English. Non-native speakers of English must submit a TOEFL score of 92 or IELTS score of 6.5 

7.    Teaching Certification (if planning to teach ESL in PA public schools)

Course Descriptions

Symbols: ENG (English), LAN (Languages and Cultures), LIN (Linguistics)

  • ·         ENG 586 Field Experiences and Issues in ESL Teaching (3) Provides opportunities for students to observe ESL instruction in a variety of settings, as well as assist ESL instructors in the classroom, including elementary, secondary, university, and adult community programs. Discussion and projects allow students to connect their experiences and observations to current TESL theory and trends introduced in course readings.

    ·         ENG 587 ESL Practicum I (1-6) Assists students in developing ESL teaching skills. Encourages reflection on practice and examination of personal beliefs on practice.

    ·         ENG 588 ESL Practicum II (1-3) This course is designed for graduate students and ESL professionals who desire additional practical experience in ESL contexts. Special topics covered include some of the following: program design, teacher development and supervision, and materials writing.

    ·         ENG 610 Teaching ESL/Second Language to Elementary/Secondary Students (3) Focuses on special language-learning needs of ESL/second language students in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as on trends in teaching second language to these groups, including literature-based, theme-based, and vocationally oriented instruction.

    ·         ENG 611 Content-Based ESL/Second Language Instruction (3) Designed for teachers of content areas, as well as for ESL/second language teachers. Examines program models, curriculum design, materials adaptation, and evaluation/assessment that combine language and content. Students consider shortcomings of this second language teaching trend.

    ·         LAN 500 Methods and Materials of Research in Second Language Education (3) Techniques of research in language education, including sources, design, interpretation, evaluation, and reporting of data.

    ·         LAN 504 Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language (3) Advanced course in recent theoretical bases, methods for teaching beginning and advanced levels, curriculum design, and evaluation. PREREQ: LIN 501 or permission of equivalent. PREREQ: LIN 501 or permission of instructor.”

    ·         LAN 505 Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3) Introduction to history, philosophy, current status, and future directions of bilingual/ bicultural education. Survey of materials, tests, techniques, instructional processes, and instructional patterns. Overview of testing, placement, and student evaluation.

  • ·         LAN 550 Classroom Discourse (3) A general introduction to the study of classroom discourse. Through critical reading analyses of a body of classic and current work, students will become familiar with how systematic analyses of classroom interaction are conducted in a variety of classroom contexts that include but are not limited to ESL (English as a Second Language) settings. 

    ·         LAN 555 Computer Applications for Language Learning (3) Examination of theory and practice in using and designing computer-based learning content for language learning. Application of various technological tools to language teaching. 

    ·         LAN 557 Online Language Teacher Education (3) Introduction to theory and practice in online language teacher education: current practices in designing, implementing, and assessing online language teaching. 

    ·         ENG/LAN 569 Teaching English Language Learners PK-12 (3) Examination of issues and the application of techniques, strategies, materials for meeting the needs of English Language learners (ELLs) in inclusive classrooms. Includes a field component.

    ·         ENG 575 Structure of Modern English (3) Analysis of the details and system of English grammar. Consideration of alternate approaches in analyzing English sentences. Application of analyses to grammar instruction.

    ·         ENG 576 Curriculum and Materials for TESL (3) Application of basic second language learning principles to the analysis, development, and implementation of ESL materials, learner assessment instruments, and curriculum design.

    ·         LAN 578 Teaching Listening and Speaking to ESL/Second Language Learners (3) Survey of theory and practice in the teaching of listening and speaking to second/foreign language learners. Examination of skills critical to academic success for English language learners: clarity of pronunciation, effective participation in conversations, and fluency. 

    ·         LAN 579 Teaching Pronunciation to English Language Learners (3) Overview of the phonetic features of North American English (NAE), which relate to teaching of English as a second/foreign language. Focuses on the segmental and suprasegmental elements of NAE. Examines current approaches to teaching pronunciation. PREREQ: LIN 501 or permission of equivalent.     

    ·         LAN 580 Seminar in Second Language (3) Specialized workshop seminar devoted to a particular area of foreign language education.

    ·         LAN 581 Implicit/Explicit Instruction and Corrective Feedback (3) Examination of knowledge of implicit and explicit learning systems which are used in second and foreign language learning. Discusses corrective feedback in relation to the linguistic domains of syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology, and pragmatics. PREREQ: LIN 501 or permission of equivalent.

    ·         ENG/LAN 583 Second Language Acquisition (SLA) (3) Introduction to key issues in SLA research and theory. Analysis of SLA studies and connection to second language teaching. Design of original mini-study of second language learning.

    ·         ENG 581 Teaching Reading and Writing to ESL/Second Language Students (3) ESL/second language reading and writing research and theory; connections to first language/literacy models; techniques, materials, and tasks that facilitate the acquisition of ESL/second language literacy.

    ·         LAN 588 Second Language (L2) Vocabulary Learning and Teaching (3) Examination of second-language vocabulary acquisition and use through published reports and corpus analysis. Focuses on learning and practicing current methods of teaching vocabulary as well as assessing vocabulary knowledge.

    ·         LAN 612 Assessment of ESL/Second Language Students (3) Selection, evaluation, adaptation, and creation of assessment instruments for ESL/second language students. Practice in administering tests and interpreting results. Overview of issues in assessing second language students.

    ·         LIN501 Introduction to Linguistics (3) Analysis and characterization of what humans know when they know a language, including knowledge of the sound, word formation, sentence structure, meaning, and pragmatic systems. Development of tools and skills for describing and analyzing language. Application of linguistic principles to such cross-disciplinary studies of language as sociolinguistics, language classification, and language acquisition.

    ·         LIN 540 Sociolinguistics (3) The study of language in its social context: the ethnography of communication; language and society, social classes, ethnic groups, politics, sex, and education. PREREQ: LIN 501 or permission of instructor.

Program Faculty

  • Mahmoud Amer, Professor of Languages
    Dept. of Languages and Cultures
    Mitchell Hall 307
    610-436-5077
  • Jelena Colovic-Markovic, Associate Professor of TESOL
    Dept. of Languages and Cultures
    Mitchell Hall 233
    610-436-3371
  • Innhwa Park, Associate Professor of TESOL
    Dept. of Languages and Cultures
    Mitchell Hall 232
    610-436-2640
  • Esther (Chui Kian) Smidt, Professor of TESOL
    Dept. of Languages and Cultures
    Mitchell Hall 230
    610-738-0410
  • Dominik Wolff, Associate Professor of TESOL
    Dept. of Languages and Cultures
    Mitchell Hall 307
    610-436-1071
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