As a result of completing the TESOL program at Seattle University, students will develop the following knowledge and skills through these required courses (see TESOL Program Curriculum in the Student Handbook):

  • EDUC 5000 Introduction to Educational Research
    • Knowledge: Intro to research skills, Intro to literature in TESOL, Orientation to graduate studies, Research design
    • Skill: Critical reading of research, Using library resources, Writing a research paper, Using Internet resources
  • EDUC 5200 Social Justice in Professional Practice
    • Knowledge: Definitions and perspectives, Societal impact of injustice, Implications for practice
    • Skill: Analysis of relationship between beliefs and actions, Self-analysis regarding beliefs and practices
  • EDUC 5130 Adult Learning
    • Knowledge: Theories of adult development, Theories of adult learning, Learning styles
    • Skill: Group work, Reflecting
  • TSOL 5330 Second Language Acquisition
    • Knowledge: L1 and L2 acquisition, Models & methods of SLA Psychological, social, cognitive variables
    • Skill: Accessing research in SLA , Summarizing research
  • TSOL 5340 Second Language Teaching Methodologies  
    • Knowledge: Language teaching methods, History of language teaching, Theoretical roots of language teaching methods
    • Skill: Analysis of teacher & student roles, Analysis of student needs, Analysis of program & student variables
  • TSOL 5310 Linguistics for Language Teachers I  
    • Knowledge: Linguistic analysis, Nature of language , Components of language
    • Skill: Analyzing learner language: semantics, morphology, phonology, and syntax
  • TSOL 5320 Linguistics for Language Teachers II  
    • Knowledge: Continuation of linguistic analysis , Language as a system
    • Skill: Analyzing learner language: text, discourse, pragmatics , Transcribing discourse
  • TSOL 5360 Language in Society  
    • Knowledge: Language variation, Language contact, language and culture, bilingualism, World Englishes
    • Skill: Conducting ethnographic research , Gathering data, Taking a sociolinguistic approach to language to language teaching
  • TSOL 5380 Structure of English
    • Knowledge: Review of English grammar, Grammar terminology , Grammar in ESL
    • Skill: Analyzing grammar errors, Explaining grammar points , Answering grammar questions , Grammar textbook review
  • TSOL 5660 Internship in the TESOL Setting
    • Knowledge: Organizational culture
    • Skill: Analyzing organizations, Observing ESOL classes, Practice teaching , Reflecting
  • AEDT 5100 Course Design for Adult Learners
    • Knowledge: Scope and sequence, Syllabus development, Grading/record-keeping
    • Skill: Making decisions, Re: content & organization, Developing a syllabus , Assessing needs
  • AEDT 5630 Instructional Methods for Adult Learners
    • Knowledge: Learning style, Teaching methods, Lesson plans, Class climate, Assessment strategies
    • Skill: Developing lesson plans, Selecting methods , Developing instructional skills

Description of Approved Electives

  • TSOL 5210 Second Language Listening and Speaking
    • Knowledge: Language processing, Speech and writing connections, Comprehensibility and Intelligibility
    • Skill: Research paper, Classroom observation, Oral presentation
  • TSOL 5230 Second Language Writing
    • Knowledge: Process approach, L1 writing and L2 writing connections, Reading and writing connections, Contrastive rhetoric
    • Skill: Research paper, Writing textbook review , Oral presentation
  • TSOL 5240 Teaching English for Academic Purposes
    • Knowledge: Identity issues for EAP students , Research, issues, strategies for teaching reading, writing, speaking, listening in ESOL
    • Skill: Research techniques , Researching trends & issues
  • TSOL 5220 Second Language Reading and Vocabulary Acquisition
    • Knowledge: Interactive approaches to reading, Incidental vocab acquisition in L2 reading, Vocabulary size and reading comprehension , Linguistic threshold hypothesis
    • Skill: Research paper, Reading textbook review , Oral presentation
  • TSOL 5420 Structure of English II 
    • Knowledge: Corpus-based approach to grammar, Tendencies vs. rules, Metalinguistic knowledge , Grammar and language variation
    • Skill: Research paper, Grammar textbook review, Take-home assignments
  • TSOL 5410 Language Assessment
    • Knowledge: Standardized language tests, Classroom assessment, Language assessment and SLA, Language assessment and language variation
    • Skill: Research paper, Evaluation of language tests, Creation of a test
  • EDUC 5150 Multicultural Perspectives
    • Knowledge: Diversity variables: gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ability physical and learning differences, economics, politics, cultures
    • Skill: Accommodating individual differences , Improving organizational climate
  • AEDT 5620 Foundations of Adult Education
    • Knowledge: Definitions & history, Philosophy, trends, issues, Populations & providers, Legislation& resources
    • Skill: Analyzing programs, Discovering resources
  • AEDT 5640 Issues in Basic Skills for Adults
    • Knowledge: Terminology & philosophy, Funding & program issues, Role of technology, Workplace basics, program models , Student assessment
    • Skill: Communicating with professionals
  • AEDT 5650 Philosophy & Methods of Skill Training
    • Knowledge: Task analysis, job aids, Competency-based instruction, Instructional strategy models
    • Skill: Analyzing tasks , Developing job aids
  • AEDT 5690 Teaching Methods in Basic Skills for Adults
    • Knowledge: Learning styles, Cooperative/collaborative teaching, Whole language approach:, Testing and assessment;, Instructional methods , Theories of reading: GED content
    • Skill: Developing lesson plans, Planning program , Assessing needs
  • LITC 5250 Seminar in Literacy Instruction
    • Knowledge: Development of literacy processes and skills at all levels; examination and evaluation of current instructional and assessment practices, research, and materials
  • SDAD 5590 The American Community College
    • Knowledge: Mission, history, demographics, Learner characteristics, Finance & budgeting, Trends & issues
    • Skill: Placing TESOL in the context of the institution, Understanding demographics of students and implications for instruction

Guidelines for Choosing Electives

The TESOL program offers a wide variety of electives. Students in the MEd program have five electives; students in the MA program have only four (see Description of Approved Electives in the Student Handbook).

Choose your electives carefully based on the type of population you intend to serve as well as your own needs and interests.

The following electives are recommended if you are planning to teach ESOL in the United States

CourseCommunity CollegeAdultIntensive Language InstituteBusiness
TSOL 5210 X X X X
TSOL 5230 X X X X
TSOL 5340 X   X X
TSOL 5420     X X
TSOL 5410 X X X X
EDUC 5150 X X X  
AEDT 5620 X X    
AEDT 5640 X X    
AEDT 5650 X X    
AEDT 5690 X X    
AEDT 5770 X X X X
SDAD 5590 X X    

The following electives are recommended if you are planning to teach ESOL abroad

CourseLanguage institutesK-12
TSOL 5210 X X
TSOL 5230 X X
TSOL 5340 X X
TSOL 5220 X X
TSOL 5420 X X
TSOL 5410    
EDUC 5150    
AEDT 5620    
AEDT 5640    
AEDT 5650 X  
AEDT 5690    
AEDT 5770    
SDAD 5590    

Check with your advisor if you find another course you would like to take as an elective, including Seattle University courses at the 300-400-level (see Transfer of Credits in the Student Handbook).

ESOL Administration

You may be planning to start your own ESOL School in the United States or abroad, or to seek a position as Director of Courses or Administrator of an existing ESOL school. The following elective is recommended:

  • EDUC 5150 Multicultural Perspectives   

Foreign Language Teaching

Most of what you learn in the TESOL program applies also to the teaching of other languages. If you are planning to teach a foreign language at a community college, the following electives are recommended:

  • TSOL 5210 Second Language Listening and Speaking
  • TSOL 5230 Second Language Writing
  • TSOL 5220 Second Language Reading and Vocabulary Acquisition
  • TSOL 5410 Language Assessment
  • EDUC 5150 Multicultural Perspectives

If you are not a native speaker of the language you are planning to teach, you should also take courses in the language, literature and culture of that language. These courses are available at the undergraduate level at Seattle University and elsewhere. (Note, however, that only 300-400-level undergraduate courses may be used as an elective in graduate programs, and only if you do extra, graduate-level work in the course).

Community College Basic Studies

You may be planning to teach in the Basic Studies division of a community college. The following electives are recommended.

  • TSOL 5210 Second Language Listening and Speaking
  • TSOL 5220 Second Language Reading and Vocabulary Acquisition
  • TSOL 5410 Language Assessment
  • AEDT 5640 Issues in Basic Skills for Adults
  • AEDT 5690 Teaching Methods in Basic Skills for Adults
  • SDAD 5590 The American Community College