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M.A. in TESOL Programs

 
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nighthawk



Joined: 12 Feb 2003
Posts: 60
Location: USA

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2003 11:45 am    Post subject: M.A. in TESOL Programs Reply with quote

Right now I'm trying to get some volunteer ESL work in the city I live in in the US to get some more teaching experience under my belt. Whenever I go to Walmart or the Laundromat I see plenty of Latinos, so I donít think Iíll have any trouble finding some volunteer work. I don't have a TESL Certificate at this point.

From what Iíve read on Daveís Cafť itís my understanding that in order to get the best teaching jobs -- the ones with the highest pay, the least commuting, paid holidays, pay for planning/prep time, help paying for housing, and some type of health insurance -- one must have a Masters Degree in TESOL, so I am seeking information about M.A. TESOL programs. Theyíre very expensive here in the US, and Iíd really need to get on at a university as a teaching assistant to pay for the schooling, and with post-September 11th fears in full force and less foreigners getting into the US itís becoming harder to find such positions. What schools/programs outside of the U.S. where I could get an M.A. in TESOL from would you recommend? Iím considering the following factors regarding an M.A. in TESOL program: 1) quality of the program 2) cost of the program and 3) the amount of stress that would go along with the program.

1) Obviously I want the M.A. to carry it's weight once I'm looking for work. Mexico is the place I have in mind right now for teaching in, so Iíd want it to be respected there, and Iíd want it to be respected in the US too because I want to be able to teach here as well -- internationally would obviously be best. 2) And obviously I want to avoid any more thousands of dollars spent on student loans. 3) I want to be in a program where I don't feel overwhelmed, and if I have to take a little longer than most do, then that's better than getting burnt out in my book. I at least want to figure out how to get ready for it, so I donít get too overwhelmed once I get into it. So hereís my last question Iíve been getting to. What book(s) would you recommend that I get to help me along and to make getting a TESL Certificate and later an M.A. in TESOL less stressful? Thank you.


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Paul G



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Posts: 125
Location: China & USA

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2003 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some links that you can follow to find out about a number of different distance degrees.

http://www.tesol.org/careers/programs/distance.html

http://www.emich.edu/~linguist/programs/progs-us.html

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ling/home.htm

http://www.su.edu/sas/tesol/index.htm

http://www.usq.edu.au/

http://www.ling.mq.edu.au/

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ELI/pg_programmes.html

http://www.ioe.ac.uk/lie/tesoldl.html
http://www.educ.utas.edu.au/users/tle/Tesol/index.html
http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/links/TESL/Schools_Offering_TESL_Training/

http://www.emich.edu/~linguist/programs/progs-us.html
http://www.tesol.org/careers/programs/distance.html


Most of these links go directly to the distance program's pages or to pages with links to distance programs. In some case cases you may have to navigate around the site a little to find the actual distance degree info.

For volunteer work, do a web search for Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA). They run ESL classes and sometimes provide teacher training too.
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Robert Russell



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Posts: 44
Location: Suwon, Korea

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2003 5:13 am    Post subject: Peace Corp Reply with quote

You could join the Peace Corp--they will train you, place you in a teaching position and give you 6000.00 after two years. They can help you get into an MA Program where you can apply creift from your Peace Corp experience. http://www.peacecorps.gov/indexf.cfm


Here is a volunteer program for working in the Himalaya region.
http://www.hec.org/volunteering/teaching.htm

Good Luck
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