Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Students in the TESOL concentration follow an integrated program of study that helps them develop expertise in areas such as second language acquisition, cross-cultural communication, language structure, and instructional methodology. Besides developing skills in analyzing language, assessing language ability, and planning language instruction, students apply their knowledge through practical experiences in the U.S. and abroad.

While pursuing their degrees, graduate students have taught English abroad in the Czech Republic, China, Korea, and in Japan. Students have also presented papers at professional conferences such as The Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, NWAVE, Tennessee TESOL, and International TESOL. TESOL students also are active in the Greater Memphis community, tutoring and teaching individuals and small groups. After graduation, employment opportunities include teaching in the U.S. and abroad in various programs in ESL and Linguistics.

The University of Memphis offers an M.A. with a concentration in TESOL or a graduate certificate program in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language. These degrees require courses in Linguistics as well as in TESOL. It is also possible to earn an M.A. in TESOL completely online.

If you're interested in learning English as a second language, click here for ESL class resources. 

Learn More:
Online M.A. in TESOL
M.A. in Applied Linguistics
Graduate Certificate in TESOL
Graduate Catalog- English (MA)
MA TESOL Comps Study Guide


TESOL Coordinator:
Dr. Rebecca Adams

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