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Teaching English as a Second Language



Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A., M.Ed.



P. Duff, L. Gunderson, R. Kubota, G. Li, B. Norton.

Associate Professors

M. Early, S. Talmy, S. Zapppa-Hollman.

Assistant Professors

A. Ahmed, M. Wernicke.

Program Overview

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) examines the social, linguistic, educational, cognitive, cultural and political processes affecting the teaching, learning, assessment, and use of English as an additional language locally and globally. The program faculty have expertise in TESL methods, applied linguistics, second language acquisition and socialization, content-based language education, pedagogical and functional grammar, second language writing, issues of language and identity, language in education, multilingual literacies, language policy, and English in immigrant and international communities. The program also jointly sponsors the UBC/Ritsumeikan Joint Academic Exchange Program.

Doctor of Philosophy

Students who would like to undertake a Ph.D. in Teaching English as a Second Language can do so through the program in Language and Literacy Education.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements, the program normally requires:

  1. 18 credits of upper-level coursework or a professional concentration in the area of interest, and
  2. two years of teaching experience or other relevant professional experience.

Program Requirements

The program consists of 30 credits, including 9-credit thesis (LLED 599). At least 15 credits of coursework must be at the 500-level or higher. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300- or 400-level.

Full-time and part-time study options are offered.

Master of Education

Admission Requirements

Same as for the M.A.

Program Requirements

The M.Ed. program consists of a minimum of 30 credits, of which 24 must be courses numbered at the 500-level. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300- or 400- level. Students select either a program consisting entirely of courses (for example, ten 3-credit courses) or 27 credits of coursework plus a graduating project (3 credits).

Full-time and part-time study options are available.

Contact Information

Department of Language and Literacy Education
2013-6445 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2
Graduate Programs Assistant
Tel: 604.822.8259
Fax: 604.822.3154

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