Take the next step in your career with a Master’s degree in TEFL

Program Details
  • Area of study: English Language Teaching
  • Program: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Associated degree: MA
  • Credits required for completion: 30 + non-credit thesis based courses
  • with-Thesis: Yes
  • Career opportunities: Teach-in higher education level EFL/ESL programs
  • Location(s): On-Campus and/or Hybrid
  • Entry terms: Fall/Spring
  • Formats: Full-time/Part-time (courses to be completed in four semesters max)
  • Application deadlines:

The MA in TEFL Program requires the completion of the following:
  • 3 required credit bearing courses
  • 6 restricted elective credit bearing courses, and
  • 2 required non-credit courses
  • A thesis

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Courses

TEFL 501 Second Language Acquisition
Theories of second language acquisition. Students analyze both qualitative and quantitative research studies done in this field during the past 30 years. Credit units: 3.

TEFL 503 Linguistics: The Nature of Language
Foundations in linguistics with an emphasis on basic terminology, concepts, and analysis. Main topics include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Discussion focuses on their relevance and application to second language acquisition and foreign language teaching. Credit units: 3.

TEFL 521 EFL Methodology
Discussion of the major foreign language teaching methods in their historical contexts, as well as individual language skills and integrated skills. Current areas of concern in ESL/EFL are also examined, and key EFL/ESL terminology is reviewed. Credit units: 3.

TE 531 Research Methods in Linguistics I (Required)
Introduction to skills in library research and applied linguistics research methodology including the collection, analysis, and processing of data. Issues of research methodology are examined for their applicability to critiquing published research and to conducting original research in language-learning environments. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research traditions are examined.

TEFL 555 Written Academic Discourse (Required)
Focus on developing essential skills for effective presentation of academic language in written discussion. Meta-discussion of reading and exercises will help develop students' own abilities to teach academic writing. Credit units: 3.

TEFL 556 Seminar in TEFL (Restricted Elective)
In-depth exploration of and innovative approaches to topics of importance in the field of TEFL. The course may be divided into two eight-week seminars to allow expanded coverage of the issues. Specific topics to be determined by the instructor(s). Credit units: 3.

TEFL 510 Language Testing
Theoretical and practical considerations in the construction, use, and critical evaluation of both classroom and standardised tests of language proficiency. Students are acquainted with basic concepts of validity and reliability, as well as a variety of different kinds of tests and testing techniques. Credit units: 3.

TEFL 512 Issues in ESP
Surveys the field of English for Specific Purposes. Develops understanding of skills and practice needed. Includes discussion of its knowledge base in its subfields (e.g. EAP, EVP). Explores and evaluates the theory and practice of EAP. Focuses on how to design ESP programs and courses.Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.

TEFL 528 Curriculum Development and Evaluation
Principles of course design, implementation, and evaluation. The role of the teacher in the curriculum process is central to the course. Small projects and papers relating to students' experiences will provide skills in developing and evaluating curricula. Credit units: 3.

TEFL 530 Materials Development
Selection, adaptation, development, evaluation, and implementation of lesson plans, textbooks, and other materials for different teaching situations. Students become familiar with a variety of materials. Opportunities are provided for critiquing, developing, and adapting materials for a wide range of contexts and target groups. Credit units: 3.

TE 532 Research Methods in Linguistics II (Required)
This course is a continuation of Research Methods in Linguistics I, and includes further detailed examination of theoretical and methodological topics in the contemporary literature on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research designs. It also explores topics in the ongoing development of applied linguistics research methodology in particular, and provides students with additional practice in the critical reading, understanding, and assessing of published research.

TEFL 506 Sociolinguistics (Restricted Elective)
Examination of linguistic variation in English among social groups due to region, socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, and age, especially as this variation relates to language learning. Linguistic registers, standard and non-standard dialects, language attitudes, and attitudes toward language learning are also treated. Credit units: 3.

TE 550 Thesis Seminar (Required)

TE 551 Research Seminar I
Introduction to skills in library research and research methodology including the collection, analysis, and processing of data. Issues of methodology are examined for their applicability to critiquing published research and to conducting original research in language-learning environments. Both quantitative and qualitative research traditions are examined. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.

TEFL 554 Thesis Writing
Focus on presenting aspects of research findings in an organized and coherent manner. Students receive critical feedback from peers and their instructor on their thesis. The emphasis is on improvement of academic discourse appropriate to complete the program thesis successfully. Credit units: 3.

TEFL 603 Instructional Supervision
Reviews/discusses theories and research applying to supervision and evaluation of teachers of English as a foreign language at all levels of education from selecting to appraising. Focuses on designing and implementing teacher training and development schemes that are closely aligned with student learning outcomes. Introduces inquiry into issues and best practices in supervision.Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.



MA IN TEFL PROGRAM CURRICULUM

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