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New TESOL Master's Degree Offered at UWRF

By Laurel Kolkind
UWRF University Communications

MAY 21, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls recently received approval to offer a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Classes will begin in the fall, and applications are currently being accepted.

The program is focused toward individuals with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution who are seeking initial teaching license in ESL as well as international students who are seeking a master's degree in TESOL and opportunities to improve their English skills while studying in the United States.

Those who should enroll are practicing teachers who want to improve their expertise in working with limited English proficiency students, certified teachers who want to add licensure in ESL or ESL or bilingual education, and professionals who want to teach in other countries or in adult basic education positions in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A master's degree in TESOL give students ways to adapt current teaching practices and techniques to suit ESL learners from different cultural backgrounds, age groups, and language backgrounds. It also increases sensitivity for non-native cultural and language groups while also allowing interaction with non-native speakers in an instructional setting.

Program organizers aim to involve both local and international students.

"We now have 11 applications from international students," said Vladimir Pavlov, an assistant professor of English who will serve as the TESOL program coordinator next year. "Now that the program is approved, we intend to promote the program both locally and internationally, and we have good reasons to believe that next year the number of international students in the program will grow."

The new program meets the requirements for certification to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Wisconsin. The program may also meet requirements in other states. This program can be combined with an undergraduate degree to earn an initial teaching license.

For more information contact UWRF English Professor Laura Zlogar at 715-425-3537 or visit the program Web site at .


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