“The new online program is a natural extension of the on-site program that provides the same quality education in a more flexible, accessible format,” says Program Chair Jason Martel. “It gives students who are interested in pursuing an MA in TESOL, but who for various reasons cannot relocate to Monterey, access to the program from wherever they currently live.”
Created in response to numerous inquiries about a nonresident option, the online MA in TESOL program prepares students not only to teach but to train other language teachers, as well as to conduct research, develop curricula, manage language programs, and lead in various fields of language education.
“The year-round schedule with a summer launch is especially suitable for in-service teachers so that they can get a head start in the summer break between school years,” says Laura Burian, dean of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education (GSTILE). “We’re very happy about the accessibility this affords to people who are unable to join us here in Monterey but want to become a part of our academic community.”
An entire academic year of teaching remotely in 2020–21 fast-tracked the development of a fully online option for the program. “I’m excited about the digital pedagogies we have explored in order to design high-quality online courses,” says Martel. “We are capitalizing on a host of tools such as Hypothesis and GoReact to make learning experiences in the program both collaborative and engaging.”
Students enrolled in the 40-credit online program will have access to all the same personalized career and advising resources as students in the on-site programs, including access to workshops and training sessions. The program lasts two calendar years, including summer course work.
Middlebury Institute faculty members Jason Martel and Deniz Ortaçtepe co-edited a special isssue of TESOL Journal exploring the transformative potential of English Language Teaching for Social Justice.
What is the social impact of language learning apps? What is the role of technology in the classroom? Middlebury Institute Professor Gabriel Guillén publishes research on challenges and benefits of incorporating the digital world into the language class.