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Teaching English as a Second Language, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
, CA,
TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) also is termed Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and is closely related to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). California State University Northridge  offers the MA in Teaching English as a Second Language.

About

Along with its own focus, the field draws from research and methods in linguistics, education and other fields. This Teaching English as a Second Language postgraduate degree from California State University Northridge is for candidates preparing to teach ESL in the U.S. to adult school and community college students, as well as to adults overseas.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the M.A. in TESL will demonstrate:

  • A basic knowledge of linguistic theory in phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax.
  • A solid knowledge of TESL theory and methodology.
  • An understanding of how theories of language structure and theories of language in context and pedagogy can be applied in teaching language.
  • The ability to read, analyze and critically evaluate research and demonstrate a high level of critical thinking and problem solving.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Seminar in Research on Second Language Acquisition
  • Foundational Concepts in Linguistics
  • Foundational Concepts of Language Development and Acquisition
  • Issues in ESL Reading and Writing
  • Issues in ESL Listening and Speaking

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    39 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    85

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:

    563

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score:

    58

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.85

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.85 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.85 in the last 60 units of their B.A. degree work and satisfy the University requirements for Graduate Admission. Students who have GPAs below 3.0 will be required to take the GRE and achieve at least one score at the 50th percentile or higher. A satisfactory GRE score must be submitted within 18 months of admission. 
  • Speakers of languages other than English who hold postsecondary degrees from non-English-speaking institutions must have a minimum TOEFL score of 563 (paper-based) or 223 (computer-based) or 85 (Internet-based) or an IELTS score of 7.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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