Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

TESOL at Temple University

Temple's Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programs are highly respected locally, nationally and internationally. As a graduate, you will have a world of professional opportunities open to you -- and you will be well prepared for them.

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TESOL Program Introduction

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Temple's TESOL programs offer:

  • Proven Track Record. Graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in language education; be teachers at the elementary, secondary, post-secondary, or adult level; or become scholars, administrators, language policy makers, curriculum developers, or experts in language assessment. Temple's TESOL Alumni are succeeding in these roles in the United States and around the world.
  • Three TESOL Programs. All these programs are part of the Department of Teaching & Learning in the College of Education. They are:
  • Hands-on Teaching Experience. Students get real-world teaching and tutoring experience through innovative initiatives, including Project SHINE.
  • Faculty of Experts. TESOL courses are taught by experts and prominent researchers in TESOL and related fields.
  • Exciting, Urban Setting. The TESOL programs are located on Temple's campus in historic and vibrant Philadelphia.
  • Diverse Student Body. TESOL students at Temple are a rich mix of U.S. and international students.
  • Academic Support. Students receive guidance and instruction based on their needs, including support for non-native speakers of English.
  • Developmental Opportunities. Students have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty members and to attend lectures by world-famous TESOL scholars through the Language and Linguistics Speakers Series.

Who We Are

Temple's TESOL program is located within the Department of Teaching & Learning in the College of Education. The program offers well-established Master's and Doctoral degrees and an ESL teacher certificate program that prepares teachers to work effectively with English language learners in Pennsylvania public K-12 schools.

The program supports Temple's institutional mission by promoting internationalization, linguistic and cultural diversity, teaching excellence, and integration of research with teaching and learning. The primary mission of the TESOL Program is to provide pre-service and in-service teachers and novice researchers with theoretical and practical tools that will enable them to become effective teachers, to conduct efficient language assessment, to explore language and teaching practices in multiple settings, and to engage in critical thinking about curricular and policy decisions with regard to linguistically diverse populations. Rather than favoring a particular theoretical paradigm, we aim to offer students a balanced perspective on current theoretical developments and to integrate theory and practice in meaningful ways through field-based components of the coursework.

We firmly believe that the goal of EFL and ESL instruction is to foster learning environments conducive to bi- and multilingualism. We seek to prepare students who can take leadership roles as teachers in elementary, secondary, higher, and adult language education, and as scholars, administrators, language policy makers, curriculum developers, and experts in language assessment. We are proud to say that our graduates have assumed a variety of these roles in the United States and abroad.