MA Degree in English: Concentration in TESOL {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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Welcome to SFSU’s M.A. TESOL program website!  The TESOL program at SF State, one of the first teacher education programs of its kind, provides rigorous professional training in English language teaching with an emphasis on theory, research, and practice. Students gain hands-on classroom experience via community service learning, tutoring, teaching assistantships, and student teaching, in a variety of ESL classrooms throughout the Bay Area.  In 2014, we celebrated our 50th anniversary! We invite you to view a video created on that occasion celebrating our commitment to excellence in teacher education.


News and Announcements

Fall 2015 MA TESOL Conference: Dynamic Learning Communities: Inspiring Our Craft

Announcing this semester's MA TESOL Graduate Student Conference -  Dynamic Learning Communities: Inspiring Our Craft - on Friday, December 4, 2015. Registration will be near Humanities 581. More information about the graduates and the conference is available at the conference Web site.   Please share this link to the the conference Web site with colleagues interested in an afternoon of stimulating presentations and celebration of our graduates' work!

Admissions Update--Spring 2016 Admissions Deadline Extended to Dec. 1, 2015

SPRING 2016 ADMISSIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED: Admissions for Spring 2016 are  open until the new deadline of December 1, 2015.  Please see these links for admissions information: Graduate Studies Application Information and MA TESOL Program Admissions Information.


TESOL Talk Special Workshop Event: Jiwon Chung on Theater as a Weapon of Knowledge

The MA TESOL Student Association is pleased to invite you to a the first TESOL Talk event of the 2015-2016 school year, a workshop  featureing Professor Jiwon Chung on "Theater as a weapon of knowledge: Increasing agency, effectiveness, and critical consciousness in language learning through embodied, problem-posing education."

Please join students, alumni, staff and faculty for an enlightening workshop by Professor Chung followed by a question and answer session. Friday, September 18th in Humanities 587 on the SF State campus from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

See more information on the event Web page.

Congratulations to our Spring 2015 graduates!

Congratulations to our Spring 2015  graduates on their MA degrees, and for hosting a wonderful MATESOL Conference,"Think Globally, Teach Locally: TESOL in Our Backyards"  on Friday, May 8, 2015.   Please visit the official conference Web site for highlights.

Guest Lecture on Community Service Learning by Kimberly Vinall

MA TESOL students and faculty, alumni, former and current Project SHINE leaders and coaches are invited to attend a Special Guest Lecture on Community Service Learning featuring Dr. Kimberly Vinall of the University of California, Berkeley, hosted by Project SHINE.

Friday, May 15, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, on the SF State Campus in Humanities Room 587.

See more information on the event Web page.

TESOL Talk Event honoring Dr. Elizabeth Whalley - Memories, Feedback, and Fun

The SFSU MA TESOL Student Association and the Department of English are pleased to invite you to a special event honoring Dr. Elizabeth Whalley on the occasion of her retirement.

Please join students, alumni, staff and faculty for an enlightening presentation by Dr. Whalley, followed by an engaging discussion and a reception to honor her contributions to her students, the English Department and the field of TESOL.

Tuesday, May 19, 3:00-5:00 pm in Humanities 587 on the SF State  campus

See more information on the event Web page.

TESOL Talk -- Beyond the Capstone: How to break into the Bay Area TESOL community

The SF State M.A. TESOL Student Association invites you to the 3rd TESOL Talk Event of the 2014-2015 School Year:

A Job Forum featuring a panel of distinguished representatives from various Bay Area institutions who are willing to share information about their respective institutions. Friday, April 3, 3:00pm-5:00pm ~ in Humanities 217 on the SF State Campus.

See more information on the event Web page.

M.A. TESOL Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, the M.A.TESOL Program held a gala event on October 17th paying tribute to the contributions of our alumni, faculty and students, and celebrating the program's contributions to the field of TESOL and our ongoing committment to innovation and excellence in teacher training.   The video documentary created in honor of this milestone in the program's history is available to view online.  You can also cut and paste the following link:

For more information and photos from the event,  see the event page.    You can also cut and paste the following link:

Fall 2015 Linguistics & TESOL Schedule

Please see the M.A. TESOL and Linguistics Schedules page for a class list and visual schedule grid. Check the SFSU Online Schedule for updated class information before the start of priority registration.

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