How do you plan a lesson that reaches all learners? Are children better language learners than adults?
Through research, practicum experience, and hands-on projects, our students consider bilingual challenges and questions, like which "English" should be taught, and what is the proper balance between academic content and language skills in public schools. All MATESL students complete a challenging capstone project — a curriculum plan that demonstrates their knowledge, skills and creativity.
Our program offers preparation for teaching English as a Second Language in three areas: elementary school, middle and high school and adult English language programs. Students who wish to teach in public schools pursue a program of study for initial licensure in grades PreK-6 or 5-12, approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our non-licensure graduates teach ESL in private schools and adult language programs in the United States and abroad.
Small classes, individual guidance from faculty and supervisors, extensive practicum experience, and a supportive, experiential learning environment ensure a personalized and practical course of study.