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ERIC Number: ED389171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-29
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Required Courses for Master's Degree in TESOL: A Nationwide Survey.
Palmer, Ian C.
This paper reports on a study conducted to assess number of credits completed nationally for a degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, what portion were required courses, and what courses were actually required. Data were gathered by a survey mailed to 159 institutions in November 1994; 94 responses were usable that covered 39 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Average credits completed were 36, ranging from 27 to 75. The "typical" program was found to include at least six required courses, at least one methods and materials course; four more courses selected from linguistics, English structure, language acquisition, research methods, reading in a second language, intercultural communication, and testing/evaluation; and a practicum or internship. Literature courses or other extraneous subjects were a minuscule part of the corpus of required work, and there was never a distinction made between "syntax" and "English syntax." Particular courses are ranked by frequency of listing for the Master's degree. (NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Long Beach, CA, March 28-April 1, 1995).