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TEAL - Teaching English as an Additional Language (TESL/TEFL)

Master of Arts

The master of arts (MA) program is designed for educators working with English as additional language learners in a variety of local and international educational settings. The program will provide students with advanced knowledge of theoretical, research and practical issues in teaching English language learners.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Normally, two years of full-time classroom teaching experience is required for admission to the program. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered if superior scholarly or professional achievement is demonstrated. Students will initially be admitted to the MEd course work/comprehensive examination program.

Admission is granted to a specific degree and to a particular program or specialization. Application information is available from the Faculty of Education.

Transfer from the MEd Program

After successful completion of three of the courses below, including at least two of EDUC 824, 825, 856, students who were admitted to the master of education program may, on the senior supervisor's recommendation, in consultation with the instructional team and with the approval of the graduate programs director, transfer into the master of arts program.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses and a thesis for a minimum of 35 units.

Students must complete

EDUC 824 - Seminar in Second Language Teaching (5)

Major trends in English as an additional language education theory and practice, current understandings of different aspects of language instruction and debatable issues prominent in teaching English as an additional language (TEAL) research.

EDUC 825 - Second Language Learning and Education (5)

A survey of major theories of Second Language Learning (SLL) to date, including the conceptualizations of language, learning and the learner, and their applications and implications in second/additional language teaching and learning in various contexts over time and today.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Huamei Han
Th 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2290, Vancouver
EDUC 856 - Sociocultural Perspectives on Education and Identity (5)

Course activities will be structured for participants to consider recent formulations of learners as agents as well as subjects of culturally constructed, socially imposed worlds. Participants will examine a number of ethnographic descriptions of the experiences of learners in a variety of communities, noting in particular their use of diverse mediations/tools, including language. Participants will consider these ideas in relation to their own educational communities and develop plans for research activity in those sites. Equivalent Courses: EDUC713.

and one of

EDUC 816 - Developing Educational Programs and Practices for Diverse Educational Settings (5)

Investigates theories and issues associated with developing educational programs and practices in various educational contexts. Addresses the development of new programs and their implementation in schools and other educational settings.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G031 Shannon Leddy
EDUC 820 - Current Issues in Curriculum and Pedagogy (5)

Focuses on educational issues, trends and practices which impact teaching and learning in schools and other educational settings.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Cristina Serverius
Th 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
EDB 8620.1, Burnaby
EDUC 823 - Curriculum and Instruction in an Individual Teaching Speciality (5)

An intensive examination of developments in a curriculum area selected by the student. In addition the course will deal with major philosophical and historical factors that influence the present state and future directions of curriculum and instruction.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Diane Dagenais
Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 101, Vancouver
G031 Gillian Judson
EDUC 830 - Implementation of Educational Programs (5)

Problems and practices associated with innovation and implementation including the nature of change in the educational context, the roles of teachers, administrators, change agents, and evaluators.

EDUC 833 - Social and Moral Philosophy in Education (5)

An in-depth study of the ethical foundations of education. Areas in education where ethical questions arise are identified and elucidated. Classical and modern moral positions are examined for their adequacy as theories of moral justification. The topics include the value of education, freedom and equality, and moral and values education.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Charles Bingham
We 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
G031 Heesoon Bai
EDUC 836 - Equity Issues in Language, Education, and Society (5)

Participants will critically examine how language intersects with nation-states, race, class, religion, gender, sexuality, and ability, among other social categories, to perpetuate multiple forms of inequality in various social institutions, such as mass media, home, school, church, workplace, and law and the judicial system. Participants will juxtapose academic articles with personal experiences and observations, as well as media representations and public discourses, to explore equity issues related to language in education and society in local, national and global contexts.

EDUC 854 - Teachers as Agents of Change (5)

The narratives of teachers of minority and Anglo-European ancestry will provide insights into how teachers work within and beyond normative institutionally prescribed roles to define and implement positive social and educational changes for their students. Equivalent Courses: EDUC712.

EDUC 855 - Multicultural and Race Relations Education: Policy Development and Program Implementation (5)

Theory, research, policy development and program implementation in multicultural and race relations education encompass a wide spectrum of areas of educational inquiry.

and one research methods course for a minimum of five graduate units, to be decided in consultation with the senior supervisor

and a thesis

EDUC 898 - Master's Thesis (10)

The thesis is a research investigation designed to generate and/or examine critically new knowledge in the theory and/or practice of education. The thesis should normally be completed and approved in three terms.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 TBD
G002 TBD

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within nine terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.