Top Ranked Master’s in Education Programs: NCTQ’s 2013 Report vs. US News’ Rankings

“Widespread malpractice.” This is the description used by Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), to describe what occurs in some of the country’s teacher education programs. She claims she is dedicated to exposing teacher preparation courses that do not address the essential aspects of classroom teaching. Areas she is concerned […]

Instructional Technology Tools in the ESL Classroom

The Power of Quality Technology in the ESL Classroom Instructional technology tools can reshape your curriculum, or they can be a way to reinforce concepts and address gaps in language skills. According to Jeff Wiseman’s presentation, “English Language Learners as Digital Natives: 21st Century Tools for Sheltered ESL Classrooms,” there are many benefits to integrating […]

Earning Your ESL or TESOL Master’s Degree Online

The Online Master’s Degree Option According to Michelle Bagwell’s guidelines in “Tips for Choosing a TESOL Master’s Program,” an increasing number of reputable colleges and universities have begun offering online graduate programs. The delivery models vary, with some master’s programs implementing a hybrid schedule of occasional in-person meetings combined with online coursework, while other programs […]

The Ins and Outs of Overseas TEFL Jobs

Teaching English Abroad Opportunities abound for teaching English around the world. Depending upon the location you prefer, you can volunteer for a short-term post, land a paying job for an academic year, or work at a school, language institute, or for a private company in perpetuity. No single set of rules applies for every location […]

The Bilingual Education Debate: A Hindrance to Learning Language or Enriched Learning Experience?

Defining Bilingual Education Onlookers tend to have extreme reactions to the topic of bilingual education. However, different people understand bilingual education differently, and educators have a number of different methods for providing bilingual instruction. In Sharon Cromwell’s “The Bilingual Education Debate,” she observes that schools incorporate a variety of approaches, among them: English Immersion: This […]

Top TESOL and ESL Master’s Degree Programs

Weighing Your Options Getting your master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) can open up many career opportunities, both in the classroom and beyond. Finding the best master’s program in the field should begin with narrowing your focus and researching your prospective university […]