Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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    Welcome to the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and AL (Applied Linguistics) Programs at Teachers College, Columbia University. The TESOL and AL Programs are 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 TESOL and AL Programs are 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 TESOL Program offers a general Master's Degree (M.A.) in 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 TESOL.

    The AL Program offers an M.A., an Ed.M., and an Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics.

    The TESOL and AL Programs also offer 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 TESOL and AL Programs at TC offer students a range of experiences for intellectual and professional development. The TESOL and AL Programs 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 TESOL and AL Programs giving them opportunities for teaching, curriculum development, assessment, program evaluation, program administration, and TESOL and AL research.

    The TESOL and AL programs also sponsor 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 Programs offer 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 [...]