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English: MA in Teaching English as a Second Language

Overview: 

The MA in Teaching English as a Second Language Program is a non-terminal Master's degree program, designed for current and future professionals in TESL/TEFL and applied linguistics, that offers a balanced emphasis on theory, research, and practice. More information on courses and degree requirements is available at http://english.arizona.edu/ma-tesl.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Upon graduating from the MATESL Program, graduates will exhibit proficiencies in teaching, learning, language, context, and professionalism, and will be able to:

1. Teaching

1a. Apply current theories, methods, and procedures of TESL pedagogies to diverse situations through creating lesson plans and activities.

1b. Develop, evaluate, and adapt curriculum and materials reflecting current TESL principles to diverse teaching contexts.  

1c. Demonstrate ability to research ESL teaching.

2. Learning

2a. Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of second language acquisition (SLA) theory.

2b. Demonstrate ability to research English as a second language learning.

3. Language

 

3a. Demonstrate knowledge of linguistic principles of English as applied to TESL.

 

4. Context

 

4a. Demonstrate critical awareness of the situated, sociopolitical nature of English language teaching.

 

4b. Address diversity and multiplicity in learner identities and goals in teaching.

 

5. Professionalism

 

5a. Develop and represent identities as TESL professionals and applied linguists through professional activities.

 
 
Assessment Activities: 

Throughout the course of the program by completing coursework, students will build a teaching portfolio comprised of Lesson Plans, a Curriculum Project, A Teaching Philosophy, a Curriculum Vitae, a Cover Letter, a Report on an Action Research Project, and Observation Reports. They will present their Action Research project as a poster presentation in their final semester of the program. The portfolios will be assessed by all program faculty using the rubric which includes the five learning outcomes attached at the bottom of this page, within a month after the cohort graduates. Graduates will be directed to complete the New MATESL exit survey within a month after they graduate, also attached at the bottom of this page. Findings will be posted for each graduating cohort by June 30 of that year.

Evidence for 1. Learning Outcomes for Teaching will be measured through the inclusion in the teaching portfolio of:

1. Lesson Plan (introduced in ENGL 555, also addressed in ENGL 613 and ENGL 506/612);

2. Curriculum Project (introduced and addressed in ENGL 613);

3. Teaching Philosophy (introduced in ENGL 555, also addressed in ENGL 613 and ENGL 693a);

4. Observation Reports (introduced in ENGL 555, also addressed in ENGL 693a);

5. Report on the Action Research Project (introduced in ENGL 596j, also addressed in ENGL 693a);

and the completion of the Exit Survey.

Evidence for 2. Learning Outcomes for Learning will be measured through the inclusion in the teaching portfolio of:

1. Observation Reports (introduced in ENGL 555, also addressed in ENGL 693a);

2. Report on the Action Research Project (introduced in ENGL 596j, also addressed in ENGL 693a);

and the completion of the Exit Survey.

Evidence for 3. Learning Outcomes for Language will be measured through the inclusion in the teaching portfolio of:

1. Lesson Plan (introduced in ENGL 555, also addressed in ENGL 613 and ENGL 506/612);

2. Report on the Action Research Project (introduced in ENGL 596j, also addressed in ENGL 693a);

and the completion of the Exit Survey.

Evidence for 4. Learning Outcomes for Context will be measured through the inclusion in the teaching portfolio of:

1. Lesson Plan (introduced in ENGL 555, also addressed in ENGL 613 and ENGL 506/612);

2. Curriculum Project (introduced and addressed in ENGL 613);

3. Teaching Philosophy (introduced in ENGL 555, also addressed in ENGL 613 and ENGL 693a);

and the completion of the Exit Survey.

Evidence for 5. Learning Outcomes for Professionalism will be measured through the inclusion in the teaching portfolio of:

1. Teaching Philosophy (introduced in ENGL 555, also addressed in ENGL 613 and ENGL 693a);

2. Portfolio Annotations (introduced and addressed in ENGL 693a);

3. Curriculum Vitae and Portfolio Cover Letter (introduced and addressed in ENGL 693a);

and the Poster Presentation of the Action Research Project (introduced, addressed, and presented in ENGL 693a);

and the completion of the Exit Survey. 

Assessment Findings: 

In June 2018 the findings of the new Assessment Activities described above for the MATESL cohort graduating in Spring 2018 will be posted here. 

FINAL TOTALS

OUTCOME AVERAGES

2018

grads

2019 grads

2020 grads

2021 grads

2022 grads

average score, all grads

1. Teaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Language

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Context

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Professionalism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL AVERAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTIVITY (MEASURE) AVERAGES

2018 grads

2019 grads

2020 grads

2021 grads

2022 grads

average score, all grads

Lesson Plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Philosophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae & Cover Letter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action Research Project Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observation Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action Research Project Poster Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL AVERAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3: Clear achievement; 2: Adequate achievement; 1: Inadequate achievement

Change in Response to Findings: 

In July 2018, any average score below 2 will be addressed by re-evaluating the course curricula in which a particular outcome is an objective, and/or by re-considering the activities used to measure the outcome. Any changes will be posted here.

 

Updated date: Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:41