M.A. in TESOL Courses

For updated courses offered in the M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies, please look at the Wheaton College course catalog.

INTR 561. Intercultural Communication. Foundational principles of intercultural communication from the fields of social psychology, cultural anthropology, and communication theory integrated with selected areas of personal encounter in cross-cultural settings.(4 credit hours)

INTR 563. Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning. Contributions of nonformal educators, cognitive psychologists, and educational anthropologists to cross-cultural teaching and learning; attuning instruction to thinking styles, pedagogical expectations, and cultural values.  (2 credit hours)

INTR 573. Qualitative Research for Second Language Educators. A survey of qualitative research techniques for use in cross-cultural contexts, with a special focus on second language education. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 601. Introduction to TEFL Methodology. An introduction to the key concepts and skills involved in teaching English as a foreign language (EFL)in Asian classrooms. The course provides a model-based introduction to methods for teaching English as a foreign language with a specific focus on oral communication. Taught in Asia. (2 credit hours)

INTR 608. Second Language Acquisition. Principles and skills for the successful learning of foreign languages, including practical instruction in phonetics and language-learning strategies. (4 credit hours) 

INTR 611. Theoretical Foundations of TESOL Methodology. Survey of theory and research relevant to the teaching and learning of English as a second/foreign language. Emphasis on practical applications from linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics. (INTR 612, 613, 614, 615, 616, or 617 may be taken with INTR 611 as a corequisite.) (4 credit hours)

INTR 612. Descriptive English Grammar for TESOL. A survey of English grammar and discourse analysis, including practical issues and procedures involved in teaching grammar and discourse to ESL/EFL learners. Prerequisite: INTR 611 (4 credit hours) 

INTR 613. TESOL Classroom Dynamics Practicum. A survey of current research and methodology related to classroom instruction: includes an analysis of the student’s teaching skills in a supervised field placement. Appropriate for both inexperienced and experienced teachers, as well as TESOL administrators. Prerequisite INTR 611. (2 credit hours)

INTR 614. Curriculum and Materials Development for TESOL. Principles and practices in the development of curricula for ESL/EFL courses, textbook evaluation, and the management of English language teaching programs. Prerequisite: INTR 611. (2 credit hours)

INTR 615. Teaching Reading and Composition to ESL/EFL Learners. Theoretical and practical issues involved in teaching reading and composition, including procedures for planning and implementing classroom instruction. Prerequisite: INTR 611. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 616. English Phonology for ESL/EFL Teachers. The sound system of English, including procedures for planning and implementing pronunciation instruction for ESL/EFL learners. Prerequisite: INTR 611. (2 credit hours)

INTR 617. Principles of ESL/EFL Assessment. Theoretical and practical aspects of ESL/EFL testing, including 1) survey of test types, and 2) procedures for test planning, construction, administration, and interpretation of results. Prerequisite: INTR 611. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 618. ELL Content Methods and Materials (K-12). Contemporary issues and practices in teaching children from non-English-speaking backgrounds, both in the U.S. and abroad. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 619. Teaching Speaking and Listening to ESL/EFL Learners. Specialized training in ESL teaching methods related to oral communication. Includes techniques for the analysis of oral discourse and current methodology related to language-learning strategies and the use of media. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 631. Principles of TESOL Teacher Mentoring. This course promotes a deeper understanding of how to engage teachers in conversations and activities that encourage professional growth. Teacher mentors will learn how to observe and give feedback to novice teachers and how to make use of a variety of professional development strategies. Taught in Asia. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 632. Seminar in TESOL Teacher Mentoring. This course helps teacher mentors identify and solve problems within their teaching context. Mentors will develop an understanding of the broad context of education and language education in the country and region where they work and will apply this knowledge as they guide teachers. The mentors will also become skilled at helping teachers conduct research as a means of understanding and solving problems in their classrooms. Taught in Asia. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 633. Practicum in Teacher Mentoring. Practical experience in teacher mentoring, including observing and giving feedback to teachers, advising them in lesson planning and classroom dynamics, and counseling them about their future teaching situation. Taught in Asia. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 634. Adult ESL Literacy. Problems and issues in adult literacy, with a specific focus on methodology for teaching immigrants, refugees, and other English language learners, both in the U S and abroad. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 635. Principles of Materials Development for TESOL. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental terminology, concepts and processes involved in the development of textbooks and other published materials, including web-based and audiovisual materials for English language teaching. Taught in Asia. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 636. Practicum in Materials Development. Students will develop materials for an existing project through a step-by-step process which is modeled during a series of class sessions. This will lead to a more extensive individual materials development project for an organization or publisher, under the guidance of the professor or a mentor. Taught in Asia. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 637. Problems and Issues in TESOL Materials Development. Students will present materials they have developed for a publisher or organization and will critique the materials developed by others. Discussion of current problems and issues in materials development, both theoretical and practical, will be stimulated by these presentations and the course readings. Taught in Asia. (2 credit hours) 

INTR 692. Comprehensive Exam. Prerequisite: submission of Candidacy form. Fee $75. Graded pass/fail. (0 credit hours) 

INTR 695. Independent Study. (1-4 credit hours) 

INTR 696. Internship. Graded pass/fail. (2 or 4 credit hours) 

INTR 698. Applied Thesis/Thesis. (2 or 4 credit hours) 

INTR 699. Applied Thesis/Thesis Continuation. See M.A. Thesis/Applied Thesis/Action Research. (0 credit hours)

If you have questions, please contact the department at tesol@wheaton.edu.