Courses | M.A. in TESOL
Below are the course requirements for this academic program. For more program details, including graduation requirements and learning outcomes, visit Biola's academic catalog.
Foundational Requirements - 3 Credits
Core Courses - 24 Credits
|ISTE 509||Structure of English|
Study of the syntax of English in preparation for teaching non-native speakers. Theoretical insights taken from several approaches to grammar.
|ISTE 527||Materials Evaluation and Preparation|
Principles of ESL/EFL materials design. Enables teachers to evaluate and adapt published materials, prepare their own materials, and use a variety of media, including video and computers.
|ISTE 529||English Language Teaching Methods|
An introduction to the field of TESOL at the post-secondary and adult levels dealing with learner needs, approaches to and methods of teaching, techniques for the four skills, lesson planning and classroom management. Note(s): May be taken concurrently with other TESOL courses. Grade Mode: A.
|ISTE 530||Ethics, Values, and Intercultural Communication for TESOL Professionals|
This course develops professionalism in ESOL teachers in three areas: effective intercultural communication, appropriate communication of different worldviews and values, and ethics for teachers in various contexts.
|ISTE 614||Second Language Acquisition|
Examination of the various factors, especially individual, sociological, and psychological, which enter into the process of acquiring a second language. Includes discussion of learning strategies as well as autonomous learning inside and outside of the classroom.
|ISTE 627||Vocabulary Learning and Teaching|
Study of English vocabulary, how it is learned, and best taught to non-native speakers. Research and theory inform learning issues and teaching practices. Examination of relevant materials and resources further supports vocabulary learning and teaching. Grade mode: A.
|ISTE 632||Language Testing and Assessment|
Examination of theory and practice of standardized language tests along with teacher-developed assessment instruments for different language skill areas. Grade Mode: A.
|ISTE 692||Practicum in TESOL II or Practicum in TESOL III: Reflective Teaching|
Extensive independent teaching in an ESL classroom under the general supervision of a master teacher, plus weekly group discussion of issues in language pedagogy. Credit for course may be earned, on the basis of some field-based situations, by portfolio assessment. Grade Mode: A.
Electives in Bible/Theology - 3 Credits
Note: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, taken for credit at the graduate level, counts for either the foundational or program units. For more information on where and when this class is offered, visit perspectives.org.
|TTBE 517||Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods|
|A study of principles or sound interpretation and application of the Bible, including analysis of presuppositions, general rules and specialized principles for the various biblical genre and phenomena and the development of an exegetical method. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.|
|TTBE 519||Old Testament Survey|
A broad survey of the Old Testament books, including selected introductory and critical issues, relevant background, major themes and divisions, and crucial problems. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.
|TTBE 520||New Testament Survey|
A general overview of the New Testament books, including selected introductory and critical issues, relevant background, major themes and divisions, and crucial problems. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.
|TTBE 732||Exposition of New Testament Segments or Themes|
|These electives (731, 732, 733) will be offered in cycle, with the breadth of the scope of each offering determined by: 1) the expertise of available faculty; 2) current issues of scholarly and practical importance; and 3) balance in regard to recent offerings. Grade Mode: A.|
Electives in TESOL - 6 Credits
|ISTE 582||Topics in TESOL|
Topics are listed in the class schedule each semester. Course may be taken multiple times for credit with a different topic. Titles offered include: Readings in Language Learning Strategies; Teaching Pronunciation; TESOL and the Teaching of Literature; Readings in Cultural and Language Learning; Teaching EFL to Children.
|ISTE 635||Technology for Language Learning and Teaching|
Exploration through reading, discussion, and hands-on experience of how technology can be creatively exploited as a teaching, learning and assessment tool to support language learning. Grade Mode: A.
|ISTE 648||Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing|
Exploration of effective pedagogy for teaching academic reading and writing at various levels in the ESL and EFL context. Grade Mode: A.
|ISTE 650||Teaching English to Young Learners|
Preparing teachers for classes of English language learners K to 6th grade, primarily in international settings, this course covers age-appropriate classroom management, strategies and curriculum for teaching language as well as content, including beginning literacy instruction and assessment. Grade Mode: A.
|ISTE 665||Course Design in TESOL|
How to develop a language program and design a language course, including needs assessment, methodology choices, goals specifications and implementation issues. Grade Mode: A.