By completing the Master of Arts In Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) degree at Concordia University, graduates will be qualified to teach English as a foreign or second language. Students will also gain a better understanding of English and its structure, as well as learn the latest theories and techniques for teaching a second language.
Graduates of the MA TESOL will be qualified to teach in ESL programs in universities, community colleges or social service agencies in the United States and abroad. In addition, graduates can also seek employment in foreign countries as teachers of English as a second language at any educational level. Please note that this degree is not designed to prepare candidates for licensure to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in K-12 public schools in the United States. If you are interested in pursuing this option, please speak with an admission counselor about other Concordia degree programs within the College of Education that can help you reach that goal.
AN EXAMPLE: Chris Aiosa graduated from the Concordia MA TESOL program in summer 2015 and also went with some TESOL students to teach for two summers in Hong Kong. He founded an organization called Do Good Multnomah, providing housing for homless veterans (Chris is a veteran himself). This is just one example of how Concordia students graduating from the TESOL program are going out and transforming society.
For more information about this program, please contact Linda Rountree at (503) 493-6248, or by emailing email@example.com.
Jonathan Manshack — My professional goals are to become a valuable English teacher and possibly even create my own English teaching program in the future. I began pursuing an MA in TESOL because I wanted to advance my credentials and knowledge so I could become the best possible teacher for my future students. I chose the program at Concordia because it focuses heavily on how to teach what you learn, and that fits exactly with what I needed. Originally, I was at another university for my MA but their program focused more on research and did not fit my needs. Making the switch to Concordia turned out to be the best decision for me.
Zahra Alatiyyah — I'm seeking to provide ESL students in community colleges an integrated education and language training. I aim to develop their skills linguistically and intellectually. I found Concordia information online when I was seeking a school that has personalized education, interesting classes with caring professors. I called Mrs. Rountree to get more information about the program, department, and Concordia in general. After my conversation with Mrs. Rountree Concordia became my home. Concordia has many pros, such as: small amount of students in one classroom, students activities and community service, affordable cost of the program and a grand that students receive every term.
Donny Anderson — I think what I learned at Concordia more than anything is how to communicate effectively with diverse populations (different educational background, values system, religious views, linguistic background, ethnic and national identity, etc) and manage an ever-changing workload. Striking the balance between being polished and getting a lot of things done with competing deadlines has always been a challenge for the perfectionist in me; CU was a good exercise in knowing when good enough is half done. Of course, the training in teaching methodology and a rigorous foray into the inner workings of the structure of the English language (the grammar course) were also invaluable to both my ESL-related exploits and my translating. You would not believe how many translators have poor grasp on their native tongue. Your translations are only as good as your command of the target language AND your mother tongue. My translations use varied and complex English sentence structures (accurately) in order to convey the subtle nuances of Japanese, no easy task and something that is absolutely part in thanks to the rigors of Linda's linguistics courses. (Graduated in 2010)
Nanami Arakaki — The MA TESOL program at Concordia University helped me to adjust to the teaching culture in the United States. It was a great experience. I especially liked the practicum part because it gave me lots of experience in the classroom and was fun.
Ichiro Omori — My professional goal is to teach at public high schools in Japan. I've already worked for a high school in Japan for 9 years and will be back to my work after completing this program at Concordia University. I had some other options other than Concordia University. There were two reasons that made me choose this program. One was the location of the university. I thought Portland was a good place to live with my family in terms of its size and public safety, and I had a good impression of the city when I visited Portland before making a decision. The other reason was that tuition was affordable for me.
Gabrielle Pargett — I loved the schedule of Concordia’s MA TESOL program. I think having classes in the evening was my favorite. I also loved the professors. They were awesome. Sarah and Linda were very helpful and supportive throughout the entire program. They were always willing to meet students to help them. The program helped me get a job teaching abroad, which is what I have always wanted to do. It taught me a lot more than I expected about myself -- about what I can accomplish. Going in, I had never taught before. I will be teaching at Chinju National University of Education in South Korea starting in February 2017. I will be teaching both undergrad and grad students who will be elementary school teachers. Concordia’s MA TESOL program gave me the skills to be a successful teacher. I feel like I accomplished a lot, and I am proud that I was able to complete the program. I am excited for my new job and for future teaching positions. (MA TESOL 2016)
Kate Phelps — The MA TESOL program at Concordia University has really helped me develop my teaching philosophy. It has given me invaluable tools to use in the classroom. The coursework was relevant and streamlined. The international practicum was one of the main reasons I chose Concordia. For my international practicum, I taught 8 weeks at a university in Vietnam. That experience gave me the chance to use all of the skills I had learned at Concordia. I cannot wait to put everything I have learned into a job overseas. (MA TESOL 2017)
Jason Normansen — I got into TESOL because of needing an income while living abroad in Spain to better my Spanish. Little did I know that I would end up turning it into both a passion and a career. I have been teaching ESL in Portland for five years now, but have only recently decided to complete a MA TESOL degree. Concordia's tight-knit and pedagogically-focused program drew me in. I have been grateful for the leaps and bounds in my knowledge and understanding of the craft of teaching a language the classes and professors have afforded me. I look forward to continuing the teaching adventure after completing the program, and hope to further establish myself as a professional and dynamic teacher in the Portland area, or even take my skills overseas.