Teaching English as a Second Language, MA Online


Course Descriptions

MA - English As Second Language Course Description (.pdf)

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Fall 2017

Next start date August 28th, 2017 

Fall 2017 MA - ESL sample schedule (with endorsement-for licensed teachers) (.pdf)

Fall 2017 MA-ESL sample schedule (non-endorsement - for anyone with a bachelor's degree) (.pdf)

Visit the Online Gaduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.

Teaching English as a Second Language, MA Online Courses

ENGL514 Theoretical Foundations for TESL (3 Credits)
This course is an introduction to the linguistic, psychological, and educational theories and models that try to explain the processes involved in acquiring a first and second language. Other aspects that will be studies include the sociological and political variables that may affect an individual's language learning experience. The course will also provide students with an overview and history of the different methods used in foreign/second language teaching since the beginning of the 20th century. This course is designed to provide the ESL teacher with an understanding of the basic concepts and theories related to teaching English language learners. Students will develop specific skills and techniques needed to effectively teach English language learners. Implications for language acquisition will be connected to classroom strategies. This course may be repeated one time for a total of six credits.
ENGL515 Linguistics for TESL (3 Credits)
This course is designed to provide the ESL teacher with a broad context of linguistics, including understanding the theory of modern linguistics and application of linguistic theory in the ESL classroom. Students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts relating to linguistics in relationship to the ESL classroom. This course may be repeated one time for a total of six credits.
ENGL517 Methods and Materials for TESL (3 Credits)
The course is designed to give prospective ESL/EFL instructors a foundation in the numerous practices and principles of interactive language learning and teaching. This foundation will allow them to accomplish their teaching objectives confidently and effectively in any TESL/TEFL situation in which they may find themselves. They will also be able to evaluate materials and decide on the material's effectiveness for a particular age group, subject/skill area, or lesson. Theory in ESL teaching and learning with an emphasis in SLA research will be connected to practices in the ESL classroom. This course may be repeated once for a total of six credits.
ENGL518 Cross-Cultural Studies for TESL (3 Credits)
The course is designed to provide ESL teachers with an understanding of cultural values systems, norms, and expectations. ESL teachers will demonstrate cross-cultural teaching and learning skills and strategies. The ESL teacher will demonstrate an understanding of teaching content area curriculum for the multi-cultural classroom. This course may be repeated once for a total of six credits.
ENGL519 Assessment and Evaluation for TESL (3 Credits)
This course is designed to provide the ESL teaching with an understanding of the impact of assessment in the classroom by developing and understanding of current ESL instrument, administration, and interpretation. Additionally, linguistic and cultural aspects of standardized testing will be discussed. The ESL teacher will understand the differences between assessment of learning and assessment for learning as a result of this course. The course also offers suggestions and examples on how to assess, formally and informally, the different language skills in the ESL classroom. This course may be repeated once for a total of six credits.
EDUC532 Graduate Studies in Education (3 Credits)
This course iis designed to assist the graduate student in understanding the impact of pursuing a master's degree and to assist professional educators with the creation and management of the types of learning experiences needed by students in our rapidly changing world. Understanding how to design and implement effective learning experiences requires comprehending how profoundly teachers impact society. Learning to manage a vision for a learning, promote advocacy and nurturing of students of all ages, , collaborating with internal and external partners, and understanding the impact of technological, political, social, and economic factors is critical in today's environment. Overall, acting with integrity and fairness is at the core of developing skills needed by graduate students today.
EDUC543 Managing Learning Technologies (3 Credits)
This course investigates the impact technology has on teaching and learning. Students create a plan to manage, design, and implement technology that supports learning an organization. Research to practice in use of learning technologies will be a significant component of this class experience.
EDUC566 Trends and Issues in Education (3 Credits)
This course investigates current issues, research, and theories of educating students and the impact of policies at the state and national levels that effect education today.
EDUC574 Equity in School and Society (3 Credits)
Focuses on gender, ethnicity, and cross cultural differences from an educational perspective. Examines how different social and psychological characteristics of classroom/school milieus influence individual achievement and personal development
EDUC583 Capstone Project (3 Credits)
The culmination of the Capstone Project requires students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired through the program by leading the design and implementation of an improvement effort in their school district or organization. It requires students to demonstrate an intrinsic understanding of the theme of the School of Education at Greenville College: To prepare teachers to serve in a culturally diverse world. Prerequisite: EDUC 580.
Choose ENGL520 or EDUC522 (Courses Required: 1)
ENGL520 Clinical Experience for TESL (1 Credit)
This course will provide a 100-hour clinical experience in an ESL classroom environment. The ESL teacher will demonstrate techniques and strategies through authentic classroom experiences. These planned and supervised experiences must be worked out amount the faculty coordinator, on-site supervisor, and student. This course may be repeated once for a total of two credits.
EDUC522 Teaching Elementary Art and Music (2 Credits)
The content of this course focuses on using art, music, and movement to enhance student learning in the elementary classroom core curriculum. The course includes the study of tools, techniques, and technology of art, music, and movement. It provides candidates an understanding of the educational, communicative, and aesthetic values of dance, music, and visual arts and the role fine arts plays in reflecting history and culture. Field experiences required.

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