|The Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language offers a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics(TESOL) that integrates the study of linguistic theory with practical applications and focuses on the language acquisition needs of the adult or near-adult learner of an additional language. Students receive the theoretical and practical foundational knowledge needed to teach language at the postsecondary level and to progress to doctoral work in applied linguistics or other language-study or language-teaching related areas.
In addition to required courses in such areas as second language acquisition theory, approaches to language teaching, pedagogical grammar, and intercultural communication, students may choose elective courses in sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, assessment, second language literacy theory and a number of other areas. Course work culminates with the compilation and presentation of an academic and professional preparation portfolio, which may be digitized and Internet-accessible if the graduate wishes.
All students acquire language teaching experience while in the program either by teaching in the Atlanta area, at Georgia State University or for one of a number of volunteer programs for immigrant learners, or by going abroad in the Peace Corps or other programs. Study abroad opportunities also exist with International Exchange Programs.
Studying TESOL in the Department of Applied Linguistics at GSU was
one of the best decisions I've made in my life. I learned not only
linguistic knowledge of the English language but also crucial
pedagogical skills and attitudes to be a qualified ESL professional.
Kyeongseon Lee(Korea), MA, 2005