Learning English poses a considerable educational obstacle for those who are not native speakers. The online master's degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) offered by California Applied University equips students with the necessary competencies to effectively instruct non-native English speakers both domestically and internationally. 

The master's degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides individuals with the necessary skills to instruct university students in the United States in English as a second language (ESL), as well as elementary, secondary, and university students worldwide in English as a foreign language (EFL). 

Moreover, participants will benefit from the adaptability and convenience offered by a comprehensive online platform, while receiving instruction from faculty members who possess practical expertise.

The curriculum provides an overview of fundamental linguistic ideas and terminology. It explores the interrelation between culture and language, highlighting their reciprocal effect. Additionally, the program offers strategies for introducing students to the study of speech sounds. 

In addition, the course will include subjects like second language acquisition, as well as materials and methodologies pertaining to the domains of speaking, listening, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. 

The practicum course offers a hands-on learning opportunity in the field of English language instruction, which is optional. Passing the final exam with 80% is required as the graduation requirement. 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited or state-approved higher education institution, or an equivalent from an international university or higher education institution
  • English proficiency (a native speaker, earned a degree conducted in English, or an acceptable English test score such as TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge, IELTS, and Duolingo)
  • Not required: GMAT or GRE score, professional experience
  • Completed and submitted the Fast Track Application

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After the 90% Founding Student Scholarship, students only pay $475 per degree. No additional fees are involved.


Upon graduating from our program, potential careers include:

  • Assistant in an ESL classroom
  • ESL instructor for adult learning
  • ESL teacher abroad
  • ESL/TESOL program director
  • Private tutor
  • TESOL teaching material writer/editor

However, if you intend to teach ESL in public schools or certain private schools, you will need additional teaching certification(s) and license(s). An online MA in TESOL from CAU may not be sufficient. Please consult the Department of Education in your state or province for additional information.

Course Curriculum

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

    2. Lesson 2: Key Theories of Second Language Acquisition

    3. Lesson 3: Factors Affecting Second Language Acquisition

    4. Lesson 4: Cognitive Processes in Second Language Acquisition

    5. Lesson 5: Interlanguage and Fossilization

    6. Lesson 6: Errors, Mistakes, and Feedback in SLA

    7. Lesson 7: Role of Input and Interaction in SLA

    8. Lesson 8: Second Language Acquisition in Different Contexts

    9. Lesson 9: Bilingualism and Multilingualism

    10. Lesson 10: Assessment and SLA

    11. Lesson 11: Individual Differences and Learner Strategies

    12. Lesson 12: Recap and Reflection

    13. Quiz. Course 1.

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

    2. Lesson 2: The Sounds of English

    3. Lesson 3: The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

    4. Lesson 4: English Phonemes and Allophones

    5. Lesson 5: Suprasegmentals - Stress in English

    6. Lesson 6: Suprasegmentals - Intonation and Pitch

    7. Lesson 7: Connected Speech

    8. Lesson 8: Accent and Dialect Variation in English

    9. Lesson 9: Accent Reduction Techniques

    10. Lesson 10: Teaching Pronunciation in the ESL Classroom

    11. Lesson 11: Assessment of Pronunciation Skills

    12. Lesson 12: Recap and Reflection

    13. Quiz. Course 2.

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction to English Grammar

    2. Lesson 2: Word Classes and Sentences

    3. Lesson 3: Verb Tenses and Aspects

    4. Lesson 4: Passive Voice and Reported Speech

    5. Lesson 5: Conditionals and Modals

    6. Lesson 6: Noun Clauses, Adverbial Clauses, and Relative Clauses

    7. Lesson 7: Common Challenges in English Grammar for ESL Learners

    8. Lesson 8: Grammar Teaching Approaches and Methods

    9. Lesson 9: Grammar Lesson Planning

    10. Lesson 10: Teaching Grammar through Games and Activities

    11. Lesson 11: Assessment and Feedback in Grammar Teaching

    12. Lesson 12: Recap and Reflection

    13. Quiz. Course 3.

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

    2. Lesson 2: Culture and Communication

    3. Lesson 3: Intercultural Competence

    4. Lesson 4: Barriers to Intercultural Communication

    5. Lesson 5: Non-Verbal Communication Across Cultures

    6. Lesson 6: Social and Political Aspects in Language Teaching

    7. Lesson 7: Power Dynamics in the Language Classroom

    8. Lesson 8: Teaching Culture in the EFL Classroom

    9. Lesson 9: Culturally Responsive Teaching

    10. Lesson 10: Intercultural Communication and Technology

    11. Lesson 11: Assessment in Intercultural Communication

    12. Lesson 12: Recap and Reflection

    13. Quiz. Course 4.

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction to TESOL Methods and Approaches

    2. Lesson 2: Grammar-Translation Method

    3. Lesson 3: Direct Method and Audio-Lingual Method

    4. Lesson 4: Total Physical Response

    5. Lesson 5: Communicative Language Teaching

    6. Lesson 6: Task-Based Language Teaching

    7. Lesson 7: Content-Based Instruction and CLIL

    8. Lesson 8: The Natural Approach and the Silent Way

    9. Lesson 9: Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

    10. Lesson 10: Designing Classroom Activities

    11. Lesson 11: Reflective Teaching in TESOL

    12. Lesson 12: Recap and Reflection

    13. Quiz. Course 5.

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Curriculum Design

    2. Lesson 2: Elements of Curriculum Design

    3. Lesson 3: Needs Analysis in Curriculum Design

    4. Lesson 4: Course Planning

    5. Lesson 5: Material Design and Adaptation

    6. Lesson 6: Technology in Curriculum Design

    7. Lesson 7: Introduction to Language Assessment

    8. Lesson 8: Designing Assessment Tools

    9. Lesson 9: Assessment for Different Language Skills

    10. Lesson 10: Alternative Assessments

    11. Lesson 11: Interpreting and Using Assessment Results

    12. Lesson 12: Recap and Reflection

    13. Quiz. Course 6.

About this course

  • $475.00
  • 193 lessons

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