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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
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The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at Southern Illinois University blends linguistic science with the art of classroom practice.  


The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at Southern Illinois University prepares students both intellectually and experientially so that as professionals they are capable of making wise and informed choices among different language teaching approaches, methods, and techniques. In addition, students will understand how differences among individual students, teaching and learning situations, and socials structures influence decisions they will be called upon to make as teachers or other language professionals. The TESOL master’s program provides a firm and broad foundation in current theories of language and language learning and graduates will be prepared to take on careers as teacher educators and curriculum or assessment specialists as well as classroom teachers.

The programme

There are two options for completing the MA TESOL degree: a thesis option and a non-thesis option. In both cases 36 credits are required. Both options include five components: a group of core courses totaling 15 semester hours, a selection of language skills-related courses totaling 6 semester hours, a teaching specialty course (3 semester hours), free electives totaling 6 semester hours, and research training (6 semester hours)-- either a thesis (thesis option) or additional course work from a selected group of focus courses with a substantial research component (non-thesis option).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Students
  • The Professional Study of Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Methods and Materials of TESOL
  • Teaching Grammar and Writing in a Second Language
  • Teaching Listening and Speaking in a Second Language
  • Theoretical Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education
  • Bilingual Education Methods and Materials

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Students seeking admission are encouraged to apply early in the Spring semester for admission in the following Fall.


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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