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 at Southern New Hampshire University 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.
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. Twelve courses are required (including supervised practice teaching) for a total of 36 credits.
Participants in the MS in TEFL program have the opportunity to observe classes throughout the Greater Manchester area and in the year-round Intensive English Program offered by The Institute for Language Education.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master's in teaching English as a foreign language at SNHU include:
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 12 courses, five of your own choosing, while seven are required — including supervised practice teaching.
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 learner language and inter-language.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Total Credits: 36
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