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The M.A. in TESOL program prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages both in English speaking and non-English speaking environments. As a foundation for language teaching, the program introduces the study of linguistic structure (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), the study of language use in social contexts, and the study of second language acquisition encompassing different theoretical frameworks (e.g., linguistic, cognitive, pragmatic, sociocultural, and input-interactionist). This fundamental knowledge offers students a solid background for understanding practical aspects of language teaching, such as teaching methods, assessment, and curriculum and materials development. Throughout the program, students are challenged to approach various issues in language teaching (e.g., age of acquisition, cultural difference) creatively and critically by incorporating theoretical understanding.

Students have the opportunity to work with faculty with a wide range of TESOL/Linguistics specializations and on numerous languages. Students have the opportunity to present at local and national conferences, apply for research grants and publish their research in academic venues. Scholarships, grants and assistantships support many of our graduate students as they pursue their program.

Some research topics of the Linguistics faculty and students include TESOL, communicative teaching methods, second language reading and vocabulary acquisition, the teaching of reading, the teaching of grammar, pragmatics, and psycholinguistics. Faculty and student research has included work on Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, and Romance languages.

Megumi Hamada
Mai Kuha
Carolyn MacKay
Elizabeth Riddle
Mary Theresa Seig
Lynne Stallings
Mary Lou Vercellotti


Learn more about how to apply to the MA in TESOL at Ball State.

The Program

MA in English—teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), 36 credits
ENG 520 Introduction to Linguistics, or the equivalent is required but does not count toward required credits in the degree
Major requirements:
ENG 616 Introduction to Theories of Language Learning 3
ENG 617 Methods for Teaching English Language Learners 3
ENG 618 Materials Development for Teaching English Language Learners 3
 ENG 619  Assessment in TESOL  3
ENG 624 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition 3
Directed electives: (choose 15 credits)
ENG 605
ENG 621
ENG 622
ENG 623
ENG 625
ENG 626
ENG 627
ENG 628
ENG 629
ENG 630
ENG 631
ENG 632
ENG 682
ENG 684
ENG 686
Teaching in English Studies (3)
Meaning and Structure in English (3)
History of the English Language (3)
Phonetics and Phonology (3)
Phonology (3)
Morphology and Syntax (3)
Sociolinguistics (3)
Language and Culture (3)
Topics in Applied Linguistics (3)
Contrastive Analysis (3)
Historical Linguistics (3)
Discourse Analysis (3)
Topics in English Linguistics (3)
Topics in Second Language Acquisition (3)
Topics in Linguistics (3)
ENG 693 Writing in the Profession (3) 15
Research requirements:
ENG 601 Research in English Studies
And 3
RES 697 Research Paper (1-3)
CRPR 698 Creative Project (3 or 6) 3
Total Credits 36

Depending on the nature of the student's research, the student may also be advised to take one or more courses in experimental design and statistics in addition to other course work.

Recent MA TESOL Capstone Projects



Sharon Jackson                    English for Specific Purpose in Adult Hispanic Populations



Sarah Isaacson                     The Impact of Interface on Strategy Use and ESL Reading Comprehension:
                                              A Comparison of E-Books and Paper Texts


Carrie McKendree                 Communication in the Workplace


Alicia Miller                           The Interaction of Affect and Learning Preference on ESL Reading Comprehension:
                                              A Comparison of Electronic and Paper Textbooks




Tianhui Ma                             A New Method for Teaching Articles to Chinese Students