M.A. in Linguistics – Teaching English as a Second Language Practical Linguistics for a Multilingual World


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Are you hoping to learn more about the formation of human language to be a better teacher? If so, Liberty’s online Master of Arts in Linguistics – Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) degree is a great option! Throughout this program, you’ll analyze the building blocks of language and learn how linguistics can be used to understand the evolutionary processes that underlie speech formation.

This teaching English as a second language degree program will complement the TESL and TESOL programs you may be teaching by covering the advanced theories found in applied linguistics. Through this TESL degree, you can develop a practical approach to language that can have far-reaching implications in artificial intelligence, business, translation, military intelligence, and speech pathology. By studying under our experienced faculty, you can become equipped to increase second language acquisition and even help students better understand their primary language.

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Whether you are working full-time or trying to balance your family and community commitments, continuing your education can be difficult. We offer our teaching English as a second language master’s linguistics degree 100% online, and the courses have no set login times. You’ll have the freedom to complete your courses from the comfort of home without the worry of having to attend classes on campus.

At Liberty, we seek to equip qualified professionals with the tools needed to make a difference. Maybe you already work as a TESL instructor and want to increase your job prospects, or perhaps you’re looking to enter this exciting field for the first time. Either way, our online linguistics TESL degree can equip you with a solid understanding of the theoretical side of human language and help you integrate this knowledge into your classes so you can become a more effective teacher.

Liberty’s online linguistics degree is broken down into 3 main parts: core linguistics courses, language studies electives, and the teaching English as a second language specialization. Within the core content of this program, you’ll study advanced topics in semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax. You’ll also dive into the history of language and explore important aspects of linguistic field studies. Our second language acquisition course provides an overview of language program models, learning theory, and state and federal language policies.

The teaching English as a second language specialization will give you added instruction in the history, philosophies, and current trends of second language research. You will also learn how to create a fully integrated classroom curriculum that incorporates reading, writing, listening, and speaking. To round out your second language studies, you can learn about various assessment methods and protocols for test creation.

All of your courses will be taught from a Christian worldview and based on principles that can help you foster a more productive personal and professional life. With professors who care about your development and success, you can be assured you will be working with a supportive and helpful faculty You will also have the opportunity to interact with your fellow students to share professional knowledge and insights on how to have a more successful classroom.

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  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
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