A Student's Guide to the MA TESOL by Nancy Bell

A Student's Guide to the MA TESOL

byNancy Bell

Paperback | August 12, 2009

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Beginning a graduate program in TESOL can be a daunting prospect, as students encounter not only a great deal of new information, but also new ways of thinking, writing, and interacting. Many of the expectations are implicit, and it is often not until they are well into their program that many students begin to feel at ease. By making norms and expectations for professional and academic behavior explicit, this text seeks to assuage the anxieties of beginning MA TESOL students and facilitate their entry into the TESOL community. The first part of the book is an accessible introduction to foundational information about the profession, including a brief history of the field and discussion of current theoretical and pedagogical issues. The second half of the book provides frank, practical guidance regarding the graduate school experience. Students learn about expectations regarding research, writing, and professional development and suggestions for managing these.

  • Offers both an accessible introduction to the theory and a friendly guide for new students
  • Includes many practical tips and 'behind the scenes' information
  • Discusses and advises on graduate-level research and writing
  • Includes questions and activities, and summaries for each chapter

About The Author

NANCY BELL is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University, USA. Her research interests include L2 language play and humor, cross-cultural interaction, and the development of L2 sociolinguistic competence. Her work has appeared in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Humor, Research on Language and Social Interaction, and In...
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Title:A Student's Guide to the MA TESOLFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:August 12, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230224318

ISBN - 13:9780230224315

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Extra Content

Table of Contents

Situating Ourselves
Language, Learning, and Teaching
Key Concepts in TESOL
Learning to Learn in Graduate School
Research and the (Future) TESOL Instructor
Professional Development in and beyond Graduate School
Appendix A: Common Acronyms in TESOL
Appendix B: Websites for TESOL Information and Professional Development

Editorial Reviews

'The book provides an excellent, accessible general introduction to core content areas and issues for students entering MA TESOL programs. It will be of great assistance to students in making sense of what can be a fairly bewildering span of theoretical perspectives, and it will also allow academic teaching staff to readily situate the particular orientations they wish to explore in more depth. It is a welcomed innovation in the professional development literature in the TESOL field.'- Susan Hood, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.