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Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

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Welcome to Applied Linguistics and TESOL

  • Welcome to the TESOL

    Welcome to the Applied Linguistics (AL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. The AL and TESOL program is interested in questions related to the nature of language as a biological, physical, or psychological phenomenon, as well as to questions concerning how language is used by native speakers and language learners as an interactional, social, or cultural phenomenon. The AL and TESOL program is also deeply concerned with how first and second languages are learned, taught, and assessed in a wide range of real-world or laboratory contexts.


  • Program Announcements

    April 9, 2015

    The First TC/ETS Forum on Teaching, Learning and Assessment of English Language Learners
    The goal of the TC/ETS Forum is to bring together teachers, students, researchers, testing specialists, administrators, and others interested in language assessment topics to listen, explore, discuss, and debate issues and concerns related to the assessment of English Language Learners. This forum features three presentations followed by time for discussion. Wine and cheese will be served.

    Scenario-Based Language Assessment in Large-Scale and Local Contexts
    Teachers College,Columbia University
    Location: Grace Dodge Hall 457
    Friday, April 24 at 4:30 pm

    For more information, please see here.

    Brown Bag Lecture (Spring 2015)
    Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics invites you to our Brown Bag Lecture this semester. Please bring a lunch -- we'll bring the brownies and cookies!

    Formulaic Sequences at Your Beck and Call: The Idiom Principle and Second Language Instruction
    by Dr. Hoa Nguyen
    Lecturer, AL & TESOL Program, Teachers College
    Location: Horace Mann 138
    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 1:00 - 2:00pm

    In her presentation, Dr. Hoa Nguyen will give a workshop on how to incorporate and facilitate instruction on L2 formulaic sequences. The workshop will review research and go over hands-on activities for current and future language teachers. 

    The event is free and open to the public!

    TESOL/AL Spring Roundtable featuring Keynote Speaker, Dr. Andrea Tyler (Georgetown University)
    The TESOL/AL Roundtable will be holding its second research forum of the year on Friday, April 10th at 4:00 pm. The presentations should be approximately 20 minutes including a Q&A session. Dr. Andrea Tyler (Georgetown University) will be commencing the event as key note speaker. For more information: please contact


    Applying Cognitive Linguistics in the Second Language Classroom: Teaching the Multiple Meanings of English Phrasal Verbs

    by Dr. Andrea Tyler
    Georgetown University
    Location: Horace Mann 152
    Friday, April 10 at 4:00 pm