The teaching of language is an essential skill in a world that is becoming increasingly connected, and our internationally recognized programs prepare you for leadership careers in foreign language education and ESL teaching.
The two degree programs are intentionally designed to share faculty and courses, so TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) students take a majority of their classes together and benefit directly from collaboration across languages. TESOL is a three-semester, 40-credit program, and TFL is a three-semester, 42-credit program
Guaranteed $10K Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we guarantee a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship (prorated by program length) to all TESOL and TFL students joining our community in 2019 and 2020. Applicants who qualify for multiple guaranteed scholarships are awarded the largest single scholarship or a combination of scholarships with a total combined value up to 30 percent of tuition, whichever is larger.
You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application and your financial situation.
Career-Oriented Course Work
Our curriculum provides solid foundations in language teaching pedagogy, theory, and research and assessment—all of which will help you expand your career opportunities.
Our graduates are prepared for rewarding leadership positions in the various fields of language education. The Institute offers an advanced entry option for students who have previous TFL, TESOL, and/or linguistics course work. Career-oriented specializations in Language Program Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching Foreign Language (TFL), International Education Management, and Intercultural Competence can be added to both degrees in a fourth semester.
See the curriculum for more details.
Faculty: Professors and Practitioners
Our faculty combine academic expertise with years of professional experience in organizations such as the TESOL International Association, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and International Research Foundation for English Language Education. They are dedicated to modeling effective pedagogy in their own teaching and actively engaged as academic and professional mentors to students and alumni. Meet our faculty.
Language of Study (TFL)
The Institute provides professional preparation for all TFL languages, most commonly Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. We also partner with the Middlebury Language Schools to offer two degrees: an MA in Chinese with a focus on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and an MA in Arabic with a focus on Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Both TESOL and TFL students have multiple and varied opportunities to put theory into practice through internships and professional experiences. Some are right here on campus, in our ESL program, Summer Intensive Language Programs, Custom Language Services, and graduate writing center. Other opportunities include the following:
Founded by students in 2009, B.U.I.L.D. offers free beginning-level classes in any language. The program helps TESOL and TFL students hone their teaching skills in an informal, low-pressure environment.
The Monterey Peace and Justice Center
Students can teach ESL classes as well as participate in ESL program administration, curriculum development, and student assessment.
Options for Peace Corps Service
Interested students can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree.