Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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    Welcome to the AL (Applied Linguistics)  and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) 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.

    The AL and TESOL Program offers a general Master's Degree (M.A.) in Applied Linguistics, TESOL as well as an M.A. in TESOL with K-12 Certification for teaching in the New York State public schools. It also offers an articulated Master of Education (Ed.M.) and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Applied Linguistics focusing on three different tracks: Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Assessment, and Language Use. In addition, the program offers an Ed.M and an Ed.D in TESOL focusing on TESOL K-12.

    The AL and TESOL program also offers two certificate programs: one in TESOL and one in the teaching of Chinese to speakers of other languages (TCSOL).

    Aside from the academic program, the AL and TESOL program at TC offers students a range of experiences for intellectual and professional development. The AL and TESOL program sponsor a lab school, the Community Language Program (CLP), where approximately 1,200 students in the neighboring communities study English as a Second Language or one of the foreign language offerings (French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Arabic). These programs are operated by students in the AL and TESOL program giving them opportunities for teaching, curriculum development, assessment, program evaluation, program administration, and TESOL and AL research.

    The AL and TESOL program also sponsors Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, an online web journal, where students, serving as editors and as journal referees, have the opportunity to learn firsthand about publishing articles in a refereed journal.

    The TESOL-AL Roundtable is a student-run organization sponsoring a range of exciting activities such as academic presentations by recent graduates from the doctoral program, invited talks by scholars from around the New York City area, and other informal discussions on a range of topics and professional concerns.

    The Program offers students, graduates, and friends of TC, an annual APPLE (Applied Linguistics and Language Education) Lecture Series featuring a day of talks by preeminent scholars in the field.

    Please note, while we try to ensure that all information on the website is current, requirements are subject to change and should be verified by an advisor.
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    Featured Events

    The APPLE Lecture Series 2014 (Friday, April 11, 2014) The Annual APPLE (Applied Linguistics and Language Education) Lecture Series organized by AL/TESOL Program will take place on April 11, 2014. The speaker this year will be Professor Alister Cumming from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, [...]

    November 13, 2013: Brown Bag Lunch Series Discussion BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES DISCUSSION Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:30 a.m.-12:20 pm 138 Horace Mann Please bring a lunch; dessert & beverages provided. READING, WRITING, & TALKING SCIENCE WITH ENGLISH LEARNERS Luciana C. de Oliveira Associate [...]

    November 11, 2013: Panel Discussion on the Teaching of English as an International Language A Global Perspective: The Teaching of English as an International Language Date: November 11, 2013 (Monday) Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Venue: Horace Mann 152 As part of the International Education Week 2013, the Applied Linguistics and TESOL Programs [...]