M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

LCC International University

Application deadline: January 30; March 30
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,900 / Year (International)
Start date: June  2015
Credits: 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Disciplines:
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Full-time
Structure: Fully structured
Student interaction: Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
Attendance: Regular mandatory meetings
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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The M.A. in TESOL program at LCC International University is geared toward a wide audience. It is designed for those who are willing to deepen their knowledge of applied linguistics as well as those who want a thorough knowledge of foreign language teaching methods and their practical application in international contexts. In particular, the program is designed for:

* High school teachers willing to enrich their professional and methodological competence;
* Individuals who have received their Bachelor´s degree and want to pursue a career in English language teaching in an increasingly multilingual world;
* Individuals who are interested in language program administration and management;
* Individuals who are interested in research in the field of applied linguistics.

The LCC program has distinctive organizational and academic features:

* A small group (cohort) model, guaranteeing an interactive learning environment;
* A combination of online and face-to-face interaction with professors and students;
* Three summer residency periods on campus in Klaipeda;
* A natural setting for practicum work during the Summer Language Institute at LCC;
* An individual theoretical and practical portfolio combining personal reflection and research from each course;
* Instruction from native or native-like English language-speaking professors.

This program utilizes a mixed model of distance learning, where online studies are combined with intensive summer sessions on campus in Klaipeda, Lithuania. A significant part of studying is carried out online, which allows LCC to employ professors of the highest qualifications from around the world. However, every semester starts or finishes with an intensive on-campus session.

Contents

SEMESTER I (June December)

Two week campus session in June

* ENG 500 Teaching English as an International Language
* ENG 510 Linguistic Theory and Language Teaching
* ENG 520 Language Acquisition Theory

SEMESTER II (January June)

Two week campus session in June

* ENG 530 Curriculum and Materials Design
* ENG 540 The Adult Language Learner
* ENG 550 Research Methods

SEMESTER III (June December)

One week campus session in June

* ENG 610 Action Research Practicum ENG 670 Language Assessment
* ENG 650 Theory and Practice of Grammar Teaching
* OR ENG 660 Program Administration

PRACTICUM (July)

Three week campus session in July

* ENG 560 Oral Communication Portfolio
* ENG 570 Written Communication Portfolio

SEMESTER IV (January June)

One week campus session in June

* ENG 690 Thesis

Audience

In particular, the program is designed for:

* High school teachers willing to enrich their professional and methodological competence;
* Individuals who have received their Bachelors degree and want to pursue a career in English language teaching in an increasingly multilingual world;
* Individuals who are interested in language program administration and management;
* Individuals who are interested in research in the field of applied linguistics.

Lecturers

David Broersma, Associate Professor, TESOL
PhD - Educational Psychology, Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA - Teaching English as a Second Language, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BA - Secondary English Education, Purdue University

Marguerite Courtright, Associate Professor, TESOL
Ph.D. Education, University of Illinois
M.A. TESOL, University of Illinois
B.A. English, Miami University

Jeanie Cozens, Associate Professor, TESOL
PhD Curriculum & Instruction: ESL/Literacy, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
MA Elementary Education, Arkansas Tech University
BA Elementary Education, Arkansas Tech University

Doreen Ewert, Associate Professor, TESOL
PhD Linguistics, Program in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Indiana University
MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Indiana University
MA English Literature, University of Notre Dame
BA English and History, Fresno Pacific College

Robin Gingerich, Associate Professor, TESOL
PhD Curriculum and Instruction, University of Iowa
MA Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio
BA English Education, Goshen College

Irena Kuzborska, Associate Professor, TESOL
PhD Applied Linguistics, University of Essex
MA English Language Teaching, University of Essex
MA English Language, Vytautas University
BA English Language and Literature, Vytautas University

Marlene Wall, Associate Professor, TESOL PhD - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
MA - English as a Foreign Language (Applied Linguistics), Southern Illinois University
BA - English/Secondary Education, Tabor College

Requirements

The M.A. in TESOL program at LCC International University is geared toward a wide audience.
It is designed for those who are interested in deepening their knowledge of applied linguistics as well as those who want a thorough knowledge of foreign language teaching methods and their practical application in international contexts. In particular, the program is designed for:

* School English teachers desiring to enrich their professional and methodological competence;
* Individuals who have received Bachelors degrees and want to pursue a career in English language teaching in an increasingly multilingual world;
* Individuals who are interested in language program administration and management;
* Individuals who are interested in research in the field of applied linguistics.

Entrance requirements:

The student must have no less than a Bachelors degree. Academic qualifications should include:

* a) A Bachelors degree in English language studies;
* b) Bachelors or Masters degree in other fields having no less than 24 credits (ECTS) of prerequisites in language subjects;

Prerequisites may be acquired by attending on-campus courses at LCC International University in Klaipeda. The minimum average GPA (Grade Point Average) of incoming students is 7/10 in a previous degree (on the Lithuanian scale).

The applicant must achieve a satisfactory score in the iBT TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language in Advanced System), unless his/her native language is English or he/she has graduated from a university where English is the language of instruction. Students, who have taken any of the tests mentioned above, must submit an official transcript of the test scores with their application materials.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

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Accreditation

The Republic of Lithuania recognizes LCC as a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees granting university. See full list of all accredited institutions in Lithuania (check the list of non-state higher education institutions for more details). Please see the License of Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania for LCC International University to implement higher education university B.A. and M.A. level studies.

As a part of the Lithuanian higher education system, LCC completed an external evaluation process in 2013. This review process included an institutional self-report and a site visit by an international group of experts. The accreditation decision was accompanied by a set of recommendations, which LCC is addressing in this Action Plan.

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