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  1. I am an international student applying for a master's degree in education and major in TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Language). I have received five offers, namely: 1. PSU, USNEWS #59, USNEWS #43 in Best Education Schools, location: suburban town 2. University of Rochester, USNEWS 33, No USNEWS ranking in Best Education Schools, Location: A small city near the border in New York State 3. Southern Methodist University, USNEWS 59, USNEWS 95 in Best Education Schools, Dallas, Texas, where my boyfriend lives 4. Pepperdine University, USNEWS #46, No USNEWS ranking in Best Education Schools, Location: Rich Area, Los Angeles, California 5. Fordham University, USNEWS #70, USNEWS #70 in Best Education Schools, Dallas, Texas I want to find an internship in the United States during my study, and I hope to find a good job after graduation. I look forward to and thank you for your suggestions.
  2. Hi everybody! I'm coming from an undergrad institution without a linguistics program to speak of, so I don't really have too many resources for practical advice in this area. So, I'm going for an MA in linguistics next year, as I want to eventually pursue a PhD, but I don't feel like I know enough about the field to pick a doctorate program (or get into it, for that matter). Like, I don't know if I'd want to do applied or theoretical or how to pick between socio and syntax and whatever else. I applied to a few just straight MAs and a few MAs with TESOL, because I'm terrible at making decisions. My options right now are Georgetown (MA in sociolinguistics, no funding), Pittsburgh (MA with TESOL, no funding), CUNY (MA in linguistics, no funding), Kansas (MA in linguistics, no funding), Ball State (MA with TESOL, partially funded), and University of Alabama (MA with TESOL, fully funded). The three that I'm more seriously choosing between are Pittsburgh, CUNY, and Alabama. Georgetown unbelievably expensive, Kansas is underwhelming, and Ball State is just so close to home. Pittsburgh and CUNY, as far as I can tell, have more respected linguistics programs. Technically, Alabama's TESOL is actually through the English department. However, at Pittsburgh I'd have no real opportunity for assistantships, and CUNY wouldn't give me that marketable TESOL aspect. I could manage any of the three, money-wise, but I don't want to spend a ton of money on something that's not going to be useful. I know Alabama's program isn't academically that elite or anything, but I'd graduate with two more years of experience in research and teaching. To me, that seems like it would be more important to future doctoral programs than whether I went to a super high-ranking institution. It's also not as much classwork in linguistics itself as the other two schools would be, but since an MA isn't necessarily the norm for doctoral applicants in linguistics, I kind of think that's okay. My big concern is learning more about the field, understanding what the life of an academic is actually like, and staying open to career options in case I discover that I don't want to get a doctorate at all. Am I wrong about any of that? How important is the elite-ness of a program? How important are assistantships? What's going to give me a leg up for future applications? Will I be able to get a handle on the field in a more general sense, even if I'm at a less-linguisticsy program? I'm sure there are other questions I should be asking? I know this was a super long post, but any advice that anyone can offer would be so helpful. I'm basically in a permanent state of existential crisis, as you do in your senior year of college. Thanks so much!!
  3. Hey all, I got invited for a group interview at Queens College for the MSed TESOL program and I was wondering if anyone who has done this before had any suggestions, or even suggestions for a group interview in general. Thanks!
  4. I'm applying for M.A. TESOL programs for Fall 2017. After discussing experience levels with a current ESL teacher and graduate of SIT, I'm a little concerned about my applications. She told me that most of her classmates had taught abroad, and the rest had taught a language in the U.S. I had read on many graduate school websites that prior experience isn't required, but now I'm wondering if most of the spots go to people who have taught anyway. So, if you are a current M.A. student or are applying this year, how much experience do you have and what schools did/will you apply to?
  5. This is the first draft of my SOP for one of my top choice schools, where I'm applying for the M.A. TESOL, K-12 certification program. I'm looking for feedback on style, clarity, and content. This is the prompt: You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits. Thank you in advance for your help! And here is my essay, which comes in at just under three pages double-spaced with no header: One of my first duties as an intern at the (refugee resettlement agency) of (city) was to assist a soft-spoken, smiling Afghan refugee named Khalid with job applications. Khalid shared with me that he was forced out of Afghanistan by the Taliban because he had been working as a translator for the U.S. Army. His wife and young daughter were to join him in (city) soon, but they were still stuck in Afghanistan at the time. In Afghanistan Khalid was a dentist, but he couldn’t practice here in the United States because his degrees and training were not recognized, and he didn’t have the time and money to earn an American degree. I helped Khalid apply to a few custodial jobs that day, the whole time wondering if I could ever pick myself up again after losing everything like he had. Khalid became very special to me at a lonely time in my life. I remember his sincerity and kindness when I told him about my dream to be a teacher and the joy on his face when he introduced me to his wife and daughter, who had finally arrived in America safely. Before I met Khalid, I had known that I wanted to have a career related to languages, but I had thought this was merely a selfish endeavor, a way for me to get paid to interact with an intriguing subject. His bravery and sacrifice helped me to understand that it’s possible to use language to change the world. As an undergraduate major in German at (small midwestern private school), I was a student of one of the smallest departments at a fairly small university. Each German class included virtually the same students as it had the previous semester, which allowed me to witness the growth and progress of many of my classmates over a span of 2-4 years. I was of course already interested in German, but these classes also piqued my interest in how adults learn a language. This interest deepened when I gained more exposure to this process, especially at the (refugee resettlement agency), where I met English language learners of all ages and experience levels who spoke dozens of different L1 languages. I wondered at the challenge it would be to have many of these people in the same English classroom at once, which galvanized me to attempt to permanently integrate myself into a community of language learners. My search to combine my love of German with my interest in language education naturally led me to consider becoming a German teacher. In pursuit of initial teaching experience, I joined the (Americorps teaching program), an Americorps program at (public school system) in which I could learn about teaching while working full-time as a high school math teacher in the underprivileged neighborhood of (neighborhood). An overwhelming majority of students in (neighborhood) grow up in Spanish-speaking households, and although many are fluent in English and Spanish, others struggle in various school subjects due to their still-emerging English skills. Additionally, at (adult education center), an adult education center in downtown (city), I have volunteered in classrooms full of adults eager to overcome obstacles as small as a lack of confidence and as big as being illiterate in their native languages. As much as I love German language and culture, I see a greater need for teaching English to those who wish to learn so that they can more effectively achieve their goals here in the United States. The M.A. TESOL program at (private university) was immediately one of my top choices when I began my graduate school search, primarily due to the availability of program-specific study abroad opportunities. While I have enjoyed a few wonderful vacations abroad, I have never been lucky enough to study or live anywhere other than the United States. Even though the courses are brief, their intensity and relevance would surely make the experience a significant asset to my both my training as a language educator and to my growth as a global citizen. I also find that my potential research interests align with those of the (university) faculty. As a lifelong musician and recipient of a bachelor’s degree in Music, (professor 1) and (professor 2)’s philosophies of teaching language through song and other art forms intrigue me. Also, (professor 2)’s work with emergent bilinguals, especially Muslim youth, brings to mind the many young refugees I met at the (refugee resettlement agency), as well as the students I’ve taught at (public school) in (city). Additionally, New York City is the ultimate language learning environment. The sheer number and variety of languages spoken there cannot be rivaled by any other city in the United States. I cannot pass up the opportunity to learn from and about such a diverse group of language communities through an even balance of theory and practical experience. I believe that the world needs more true global citizens. Through teaching ESL, I will be able to help students better communicate their individual thoughts and ideas in an ever-increasingly globally relevant language. After gaining extensive teaching experience, my hope is to enter the field of International Education in order to continue the important work of bridging intercultural understanding, not only from non-native English speakers to native speakers, but also from individual citizens of my country to citizens of another. Truthfully, I am not certain that my current goals will withstand the transformative experience of graduate school, but I do undoubtedly know that I want to, and will, spend my life working in language education.
  6. Hello everyone, I am applying to a MA TESOL program and I wonder if anyone has used a service to review their statement of purpose. I have been out of school for 20 years and do not have professor connections to call on. I feel that I need some feedback. Any suggestions or reviews of services would be appreciated.
  7. Attention Master's students in TESOL and applied linguistics! You're invited to submit a proposal for the 2017 Master’s Student Forum. You do not have to be a TESOL member to participate. Deadline: 30 September 2016 The forum will be held at the 2017 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo on Tuesday, 21 March 2017, at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, USA. This forum gives Master's students the opportunity to present and discuss their research with other students and TESOL researchers, and they are a great place to practice presenting in a conference setting. If you have any questions, please contact the forum coordinators at Master's Forum. The coordinators look forward to your submissions.
  8. Hi to all, I am new to this forum and a current student of English and Spanish as foreign languages in Macedonia. Upon graduation I was thinking to immediately continue to a masters program overseas, considering Gonzaga University in Washington as one of the options. Any comments, experiences, or suggestions on this? Thanks!
  9. I have applied for TESOL in OSU, ASU, USC, Fordham Univ, Umass-amherst. And nothing have been heard!!! Have u guys heard anything?
  10. I have appied for 7 universities and heard from none of them yet! they says it's normal for educational departments in universites. So I wanders if anyone have got his offer from TESOL program? or other educational programs, such as International Education, or Adult Learning? Worrying``````````````````````
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