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Master of TESOL Course Information

The Will-Excel TESOL Master of TESOL program is divided into ten modules. Each module is comprised of a number of topics taken from a broader theme. The major themes covered throughout the course are: Bilingualism, Grammar, Theoretical Linguistics, the Evolution of Language from an anthropological perspective, Second Language Acquisition, Historical Linguistics, School Management and Leadership, Sociolinguistics, and TESOL Methodology.

The program is designed to provide candidates with both an overall understanding of language theory and practice, as well as a deeper understanding of the subjects and themes directly related to the TESOL field. Upon completion of the Master of TESOL program, candidates will have gained a thorough understanding of how language works and how to use this knowledge to enhance their TESOL careers.

A major component of the Master`s work will be writing a publishable 10,000-word thesis (approximately 30 pages, double spaced). Candidates will choose a topic, which they are interested in spending a good deal of time researching. It will be required that the candidate become an expert on this topic.

Click here to download the Master of TESOL Syllabus and Course Catalogue. This outlines which courses are included in which modules, as well as the course catalogue shown below.

Course Catalogue

Bilingualism 3101
Introduction to the case study, language and literacy, community and school context, leadership and parents

Bilingualism 5102
Oral language practices, developing literacy, academic biliteracy

Bilingualism 7103
Teacher’s role and impact, politics, policy and theory

Grammar 1101
Test Yourself: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced points

Grammar 2102
Articles, possessives, countable and uncountable nouns, personal and reflexive pronouns, plurals and singulars

Grammar 4103
Adjectives, adverbs, comparatives and superlatives, past participles, progressive forms

Grammar 5104
Modal auxiliary verbs, present progressive, future tenses, perfect tenses

Grammar 6105
Passive, infinitives, negative structures, question tags

Grammar 9106
Conjunctions and clauses, conditionals, relative clauses and pronouns, contractions

Linguistics 1101: Theoretical 1
Supporting ideas behind theoretical linguistics, morphology

Linguistics 3106: Theoretical 2
Syntax and acquisition of word and sentence structure

Linguistics 6109: Theoretical 3
Semantics and acquisition of meaning

Linguistics 8114: Theoretical 4
Phonetics, phonology and acquisition of phonetics and phonology

Linguistics 1102: Evolution of Language 1
Key differences between the communication of animals and humans, language as the precursor to culture, the human mind and the development of language

Linguistics 2103: Evolution of Language 2
Language and intelligence, the need to communicate, how communication changed the human species

Linguistics 3104: Evolution of Language 3
Adaptive mechanisms that make communication possible, key syntactical differences between modern communication and protolanguage

Linguistics 7111: Evolution of Language 4
Predication, reliance on syntax, case marking, concept and perception linking, thematic representation

Linguistics 8112: Evolution of Language 5
True language, speech acts, Grice`s hypothesis on cooperation, relevance in speech acts, informative and argumentative uses of language

Linguistics 9115: Evolution of Language 6
Theory of social bonding, the biological value of language, summary of the three stages of the evolution of language, prestige theory, the political origins of language

Linguistics 3105: Second Language Acquisition 1
Describing learner language, order of acquisition, social effects, pedagogical effects, cognitive approaches, language transfer, language aptitude, personality factors, understanding SLA

Linguistics 8113: Second Language Acquisition 2
Social influences in the first years of life

Linguistics 4107: Historical Linguistics 1
Supporting ideas behind the historical study of language, the prehistory of English, the beginnings of English, the Anglo-Saxon worldview, Chaucer`s English

Linguistics 5108: Historical Linguistics 2
The return to English as a standard, The Great Vowel Shift, expanding English vocabulary, Shakespeare`s English, new standards in English, semantic change, the history of words

Linguistics 7110: Historical Linguistics 3
The beginnings of American English, the language of the American Self, the language of science, the science of language, Noam Chomsky`s revolution

Management 2101: Human Resources
Working with people, job duties and descriptions, staffing levels, trust, personal and professional development, human behavior, recruitment, training, groups, DOS vs. partner/owner, leadership, delegation, supervision skills

Management 4102: Money
Economics and pricing, accounting, fixed and variable costs, breakeven, marginal profit, value of time, finance and investing, financial statements

Management 6103: Marketing
Marketing concepts and principles, customer wants/needs, target markets, niches, school specific marketing, free and low cost approaches, financial restrictions and implications

Management 8104: Systems
Statistics (use, collection, common errors), evaluation, rewards, goals, management systems, decision making, meeting management, communication, management control information, school culture

Sociolinguistics 2101
The social study of language, ethnography of speaking and the structure of conversation

Sociolinguistics 3102
Locating variation in speech, styles, gender and social class

Sociolinguistics 5103
Bilinguals and bilingualism, societal multilingualism, applied sociolinguistics

TESOL Methodology 1101
How MATESOL students use knowledge about language in teaching ESL classes, Key themes in TESOL MA teacher education

TESOL Methodology 2102
Supporting ideas behind TESOL methodology, grammar translation method, direct method

TESOL Methodology 4103
Audio-Lingual method, the silent way, desuggestopedia

TESOL Methodology 6104
Community language learning, total physical response, communicative language teaching

TESOL Methodology 7105
Content-based, task-based and participatory approaches, learning strategy training, cooperative learning and multiple intelligences