Teach English Abroad with a Teaching English as a Foreign Language MS
Note: This program was designed for our partnership with Vietnam National University and is taught on-site in Vietnam. You will be taking the courses while living and staying in Vietnam. If you are looking for our campus-based program, visit our program page for our Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Opportunities for teaching English in other countries are increasing yearly as English continues to be the preferred language for many professions and a requirement in many foreign school systems, beginning as early as primary school. A Master of Science in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is the degree of choice for overseas employment.
The Master of Science in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is taught in partnership with Vietnam National University in Hanoi, Vietnam. This joint partnership degree program is hosted by our partner, Vietnam National University, and is designed for people teaching or intending to teach English in foreign school systems, language schools, businesses and organizations. The MS in TEFL is also appropriate for those who wish to teach in similar situations here in the United States.
See Yourself Succeed at Teaching English as a Foreign Language
In the MS in Teaching English as a Foreign Language program, methodologies for all types of teaching situations are integrated into the curriculum, as well as strategies for teaching learners of all ages. Transfer credit is accepted for courses taken at the graduate level at a recognized University in Vietnam as part of the application process. An additional 6 courses are taught on-site in Vietnam.
SNHU requires an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (or equivalent) for admission.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our three 16-week graduate terms and are taught in a cohort-based system. You can apply at any time and get a decision within a few weeks of submitting all required materials in partnership with VNU. To apply, simply complete our online application form.
Overall, careers in education are experiencing healthy growth. Kindergarten and elementary school teacher positions are expected to grow 6% through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of middle school and high school teachers is projected to grow 4% through 2024 as well.
The MS in Teaching English as a Foreign Language program consists of transfer credits plus 6 courses taught on-site in Vietnam by SNHU faculty. Transfer credit is accepted for courses taken at an accepted Vietnamese university prior to admission to the SNHU program and then an additional 6 courses are taught on-site by SNHU faculty.
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|MS in Teaching English as a Foreign Language|
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|EFL 501||Language Learning and Acquisition||This course explores contemporary knowledge about foreign language acquisition, including the influences of age, environment and motivation; learning styles, including ELSIE, Barsch Learning Style Inventory and other cognitive and behavioral scales; multiple intelligences; and student language and inter-language. This course is only offered at Vietnam National University.|
|EFL 502||Evaluation and Assessment||The first part of this course is an introduction to proficiency, achievement, diagnostic and placement testing. The use of student portfolios in the EFL classroom and self-evaluation and observation techniques, including checklists and anecdotal reports, also are covered. This course is only offered only at Vietnam National University.|
|EFL 503||Descriptive Linguistics of American English||This course covers the American English sound system and American English grammar. Students learn the basics of AE phonetics and phonology; including vowels, consonants, diphthongs, pitch and stress; place and manner of articulation; and the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). They also learn the basics of AE morphology and syntax, including the parts of speech, words and their constituents, inflection, sentence types, sentence diagramming, surface and deep structure and transformational process. This course is only offered only at Vietnam National University.|
|EFL 504||Introduction to Curriculum Development, Design and Implementation||Topics include curriculum, syllabus and lesson planning with emphasis on observable performance objectives; lesson stages and principles of effective EFL lesson construction; effective procedures for choosing, editing and managing EFL lesson content; long-term lesson planning; teacher roles in the classroom; and principles and techniques for teaching mixed-proficiency level classes. This course is only offered at Vietnam National University.|
|EFL 505||Overview of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Methodology||This course emphasizes communicative language teaching. Specific methods and approaches to be explained include grammar translation, audio- lingual method, total physical responses, natural approach, language experience approach, literature-based approach, phonics, whole language, community language learning, Suggestopedia, Silent Way, cognitive academic language learning, content- and theme-based instruction and computer-assisted language learning. This course is only offered at Vietnam National University.|
|EFL 540||Socio-Cultural Context of Language Teaching||Topics include sociolinguistics, regional variation and cultural diversity as they apply to TESL/TEFL. A unit on the history of the English language is also included. This course is only offered at Vietnam National University.|
|EFL 599||Supervised Practice Teaching||Participants have the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses in the Manchester area. Options include teaching children and adults and teaching life skills and academic English, among others. Participants first will meet to design, develop and prepare for lessons. This course is only offered at Vietnam National University.|
|Total Credits: 36|
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