Curriculum

The Teaching Foreign Language master’s degree can be completed in an intensive three-semester program. Students can also extend their program to four semesters in order to take advantage of elective courses and specializations in Language Program Administration (LPA) and in International Education Management (IEM).

Three Semester Option

Click on the links in the table below to view course descriptions from the Monterey Institute's course catalog.

Semester 1

Principles & Practices of Language Teaching (3)

Introduction to Classroom Observation (1)

Language Analysis (3)

Sociolinguistics (3)

Educational Research Methods (3)

Semester 2

Curriculum Design (3)

Pedagogical Grammar in Foreign Language Education (4)
or Language (4)

Language Assessment (3)

Second Language Acquisition (4)

Semester 3

Practicum Capstone (3)

Applied Linguistics Capstone (2)

Languages (4)

Four Semester Option

Semester 1

Principles & Practices of Language Teaching (3)

Language Analysis (3)

Sociolinguistics(3) or Language (4)

Educational Research Methods (3)

Introduction to Classroom Observation (1)

Semester 2

Curriculum Design (3)

Language Assessment (3)

Pedagogical Grammar in a Foreign Language Education (4)
or *Language (4)

* You must take Language (4) if you did not take it in Semester 1

Sociolinguistics (3) or Language (4) 

Semester 3

Second Language Acquisition (4)

Language (4)

*Electives (4)

*while no elective are required for TFL, students who need to maintain full time status for financial aid or visa purposes must take enough elective to maintain their status. 

Semester 4

Applied Linguistics Capstone (2)

Practicum Capstone (3)

*Language (4)

*only needed if you have not completed the 12 credit requirement 

TFL Capstone Requirements

As part of the graduation requirements,students in the MIIS TFL Program will complete a double Capstone as their exit mechanism. The Capstone, which includes an Applied Linguistics Capstone and a Practicum Capstone, provides a balance of the multiple foci of this unique program.

The Applied Linguistics Capstone is designed to help TFL students refine their skills as applied linguistics professionals. Students will develop either a curriculum project, an empirical research report, or an assessment tool, using original data that they have collected and analyzed. This capstone also aims to encourage student reflection on their previous coursework, as well as explore and clarify their future plans for careers as language teaching professionals.

The Practicum Capstone combines reflective practice and professional development in preparing students for a career in language education. Students integrate theory, research, and conceptual foundations into a coherent and well-informed approach to planning and executing lessons. They also incorporate these three components when developing and deploying instructional materials and assessment instruments. Activities and products prepare students for entering the language teaching profession and performing admirably therein.