Students in the ESL concentration follow an integrated program of study that helps
them develop expertise in areas such as second language acquisition, cross-cultural communication,
language structure, and instructional methodology. Besides developing skills in analyzing
language, assessing language ability, and planning language instruction, students
apply their knowledge through practical experiences in the U.S. and abroad.
Students majoring in either ESL or Linguistics often take courses in both areas. The
University of Memphis offers a B.A. and M.A. with a concentration in ESL or a graduate
certificate program in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language. These degrees
require courses in Linguistics as well as in ESL.
It is also possible to earn an M.A. in ESL completely online.
While pursuing their degrees, graduate students have taught English abroad in the
Czech Republic, China, Korea, and in Japan. Students have also presented papers at
professional conferences such as The Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, NWAVE,
Tennessee TESOL, and International TESOL. ESL students also are active in the Greater
Memphis community, tutoring and teaching individuals and small groups. After graduation,
employment opportunities include teaching in the U.S. and abroad in various programs
in ESL and Linguistics.
For more information:
Video Introduction to Applied Linguistics Concentration (YouTube)
Online M.A. in ESL
M.A. in Linguistics
Graduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL
Summer Program in Pilsen, the Czech Republic (forthcoming)
Summer Program in Alicante, Spain (forthcoming)
Teacher Licensure for Tennessee