Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Our Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) curriculum emphasizes the integration of pedagogy and practice, as well as the theories and research that underlie pedagogy. You'll gain skills and expertise through the practical application of theory through such activities as designing curricula and materials, developing language tests, conducting research project and teaching classes.

Teaching Foreign Language Program Options

The Teaching Foreign Language master’s degree can be completed in an intensive three-semester program or a four-semester program to add a specialization, such as Language Program Administration (LPA), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or International Education Management (IEM).

Three Semester Curriculum

Course descriptions are from the Institute's course catalog.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3


Four Semester Curriculum

Course descriptions are from the Institute's course catalog.

Semester 1

Semester 2

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

Requirements for the Teaching Foreign Language Capstone

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.