4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016 United States of America
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The TESOL Program at American University is distinctive due to its unique balance of theoretical and practical exploration. Students read and conduct research in the field of TESOL to inform their teaching practices, including planning lessons and designing assessments for English language classes. Concurrently, students are present in English language learning environments from the beginning of their TESOL course of study in such capacities as observers, tutors, and student-teachers. Faculty draw on their extensive teaching experience, research, and interaction with other cultures to provide pragmatic lessons and advice to TESOL students. AU TESOL Program's Washington, D.C. location offers a wide array of cultural and professional opportunities.

We offer several degrees: B.A./M.A in TESOL, M.A. in TESOL (with a joint AU/Peace Corps program track), Graduate Certificate in TESOL, M.A.T. in ESOL track in conjunction with the School of Education and our annual TESOL Summer Institute. The Certificate track may be completed over one summer or in 2 semesters. The M.A. track lasts 2 years on full-time enrollment. Part-time and full-time students are also welcome in the program.

The program typically has around 80 students - 20 to 25 students in the Graduate Certificate program, 35 to 40 in the Master's program (including those in the Peace Corps track), and the rest in the MAT: ESOL or other joint programs with the School of Education, Teaching, and Health.

Our student body is as diverse as the audience who wishes to learn English. Typically, 25% of our student body is composed of international students. Many of our students are traditional graduate students, who have recently completed their undergraduate programs. We also attract career switchers and professionals who have taught for some time and enter our program to receive graduate-level education.

Program Requirements: M.A. in TESOL - 36 credit hours of approved TESOL course work, completion of a teaching portfolio, an oral comprehensive examination. Thesis or non-thesis option. Certificate in TESOL - 15 credit hours of approved TESOL course work. This track is not designed for K-12 ESOL licensure.

Courses Offered: core courses include Principles of Linguistics, English Language Teaching I, II and III, Structure of English, Second Language Acquisition, Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom, Language Assessment, Teaching Grammar or Teaching Pronunciation, AU/Peace Corps Internship (for Peace Corps program). Electives include Reading and Writing in the ESL/EFL Classroom, Curriculum and Materials Design, Technology for Language Teaching and Learning, Independent Reading Course, Independent Study Project, Internship, Master's Thesis Seminar.

Requirements for Admission: an undergraduate degree from an accredited university; an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or a graduate GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.00 scale); GRE scores; TOEFL scores of at least 600 (100 on the iBT) or IELTS score of 7 for international applicants; a statement of purpose; and two letters of academic reference. It is recommended that native speakers of English have some background in at least one other language. MIP Program applicants should apply separately to American University and the Peace Corps. For applicants to the Graduate Certificate Program, minimum application requirements are: an undergraduate degree from an accredited university; an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or a graduate GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.00 scale); TOEFL scores of at least 600 (100 on the iBT) or IELTS score of 7 for international applicants; and a statement of purpose.

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Financial Aid: The MA in TESOL Program offers a limited number of Merit Awards that include tuition remission of up to 9 credit hours per semester and a stipend. Students are required to work as Graduate Assistants for up to 20 hours a week.

Full-time Faculty & Staff: Polina Vinogradova (Program Director), Naomi Baron, Robin Barr (Linguist in Residence), Heather Linville, Younghee Sheen, Rana Ghaleb (Administrative Assistant).

Contact Information:
Dr. Polina Vinogradova, Program Director
TESOL Program
Department of World Languages and Cultures
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
Office: 202.885.2582
Fax: 202.885.1076