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The Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in TESOL is a 40-credit, three-semester program that prepares students to be leaders in language education and English as a second language (ESL) teaching. The Master of Arts in TFL is a 42-credit, three-semester program that prepares students to be leaders in language education and foreign language teaching.

Start Date Credits Practicum and Applied
Linguistics Capstone
Language Competency Program Chair
August (or January with specialization) 40 TESOL/42 TFL Required Required (for TFL only) Lynn Goldstein

Core Course Work

Linguistics

Examine the ways in which knowledge about languages—and how languages are structured, used, and learned—are used to develop teaching practices that enhance your students’ language learning.

Pedagogy

Consider your language learners’ goals and explore how various pedagogical practices can enhance their learning. You will use this knowledge as you create language curricula and lessons designed to maximize your effectiveness in the classroom and your students’ learning.

Research and Assessment

Study research and assessment practices relevant to the language teaching field to explore the ways in which research studies and assessment tools are designed and conducted—and the ways in which research and assessments influence your classroom practices. You will also learn how to design research studies and assessment tools so you can more closely examine issues of direct concern and relevance to you and your students.

Practicum and Applied Linguistics Capstone

Strengthen your expertise through an applied linguistics capstone and a practicum, which provide a balance of the multiple foci of this program.

Practicum

Combines reflective practice and professional development in preparing students for a career in language education. Students integrate theory, research, and pedagogy into a coherent and well-informed approach to planning and executing lessons. They also incorporate these three components when developing and using instructional materials and assessment instruments. Activities and products prepare students for successful entry into the language teaching profession.

Applied Linguistics Capstone

Helps students refine their skills as applied linguistics professionals. Students will develop a curriculum project, an empirical research report, or an assessment tool using original data that they have collected and analyzed. This capstone also aims to encourage the students’ reflection on their previous course work as well as exploration and clarification of their future plans for careers as language teaching professionals.

Specializations

Students can choose to add a specialization to their degree course work. Advanced entry students can complete the master's degree plus the specialization in three semesters, other students will add a fourth semester. Specializations include the following:

Language Program Administration

Add a 16-credit specialization in Language Program Administration to gain professional skills such as directing language programs, training and supervising teachers, evaluating program effectiveness, and developing marketing programs.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

TFL students can add a 14-credit specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to provide broader professional expertise and additional career avenues.

Teaching Foreign Language (TFL)

TESOL students can add a 14-credit specialization in Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) to provide broader professional expertise and additional career avenues.

International Education Management

Add a 16-credit specialization in International Education Management to gain knowledge and a variety of skills related to international education program management, international student services and affairs, international student advising, and directing study abroad programs.

Intercultural Competence

Add a 16-credit Intercultural Competence (ICC) specialization to gain the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to expertly lead and train multicultural teams, to sensitively interact with diverse stakeholders, to create effective ICC assessments and training materials, and to meet the challenges of working and interacting in intercultural settings.

Language and Intercultural Competence

TFL:

Courses taught in the language of study combine language skills development with topics related to graduate degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competence offerings provide students with the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers.

Sample courses:

  • Teaching Chinese in a Globalized Context (in Chinese)

  • Comparative and International Education in Latin America (in Spanish)

  • Models and Decision Making for Positive Change (in French)

  • Intercultural Group Dynamics

  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

TESOL:

TESOL students may explore language and intercultural competence classes as electives.

Additional Program Options

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.

Options for Peace Corps Service

Interested students can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree.

Advanced Entry

We offer a 30–35 credit program to students who have completed previous TFL, TESOL, and/or linguistics course work. Students in this track also have the option to complete the TFL or TESOL degrees and a specialization within three instead of four semesters. Students work with faculty and their advisor to design their program based upon previous course work.

Sample Course Schedule TESOL

Fall Start, Full Time, Three Semesters

Fall 1 14 Credits
Principles and Practices of Language Teaching I 4
Language Analysis 3
Sociolinguistics 3
Educational Research Methods 4
Spring 1 16–18 Credits
Principles and Practices of Language Teaching II 4
Structure of English 4
Language Assessment 3
Second Language Acquisition 3
Electives 2–4
Fall 2 8–12 Credits
Applied Linguistics Capstone 2
Practicum Capstone 4
Electives 2–4
TOTAL 40

Sample Course Schedule TFL

Fall Start, Full Time, Three Semesters

Fall 1 14 Credits
Principles and Practices of Language Teaching I 4
Language Analysis 3
Sociolinguistics 3
Educational Research Methods 4
Spring 1 18 Credits
Principles and Practices of Language Teaching II 4
Language Assessment 3
Pedagogical Grammar in Foreign Language Education OR Advanced Language 4
Second Language Acquisition 3
Advanced Language 4
Fall 2 10 Credits
Applied Linguistics Capstone 2
Practicum Capstone 4
Advanced Language 4
TOTAL 42