Graduate program

Teaching English as a subsequent language is a complex process, with a knowledge base combining such diverse areas as applied linguistics, language-teaching methodology, curriculum design and testing.

The Master of Arts program is designed to integrate these important elements in an educational experience promoting a high level of expertise and professionalism.

Graduates of this professional program will be well prepared as TESL professionals practicing in Canada or abroad, and will enjoy a strong foundation for further graduate study at the doctoral level.

Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Linguistics with a Specialization in Teaching English as a Subsequent/Foreign Language (TESL)

Program entry options:

Application Deadline:
January 15

Coursework: Major Research Paper or Thesis

Length: 12 months for course work and Major Research Paper (Candidates should anticipate commencing in September. Course work will normally be completed by April and the Major Research Paper completed by the end of August) OR 16-24 months for Thesis route.

For applicants who lack adequate background in TESL/Linguistics/Applied Linguistics, we will automatically consider you for our two-year program, including a qualifying year, followed by the 12-month MA program.

To be considered for admission, all applicants who have not studied in a recognized institution for three years or more in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia or New Zealand must present an English language proficiency test score from within the last two years that meet with the entry criteria requirements noted below.

  • TOEFL PBT 630
  • TOEFL CBT 267
  • TOEFL iBT 109
  • TWE 5.5
  • TSE 55
  • IELTS 8 and writing band 8 (no individual score under 7.5)

Language of instruction waivers are not accepted for the MA Applied Linguistics (TESL) program. English language proficiency test scores are accepted for application purposes for up to 2 years from the test date.

Direct Entry may offer funding, including paid Teaching Assistant assignments. The amount of funding will be outlined in an applicant’s offer letter.

Our unique Bridged Entry program is designed for students who would benefit from further assistance using academic English, providing hands-on, preparatory instruction plus one-on-one mentoring throughout the academic year.

While course work is taken with the Direct Entry students at the same academic and professional level, Bridged Entry students have an additional preparatory course (LING 5N01) running from the beginning of July to the end of August before coursework begins. This preparatory course covers topics from academic integrity to the appropriate construction of an academic paper for applied linguistics. In addition, from September to August, Bridged Entry students have regular access to a Writing Mentor who is able to help with the mechanics of writing effective research papers, essays and other assignments.

Application deadline:
January 15

Coursework: Major Research Paper route only

Length: 14 months (July-August) 8-week preparatory course; (September-August) Course work and Major Research Paper. Candidates joining the Bridged Entry Program should anticipate commencing courses in the month of July. Course work will normally be completed by the end of April, with the Major Research Paper to be submitted by the end of August.

For applicants who lack adequate background in TESL/Linguistics/Applied Linguistics, we will automatically consider you for our two-year program, including a qualifying year, followed by the 12-month MA program.

To qualify for Bridged Entry, students must achieve the following scores on an English language proficiency test:

  • TOEFL PBT 550
  • TOEFL CBT 213
  • TOEFL iBT 80 (no individual score under 19)
  • IELTS 6.5 and writing band 6.5 (no individual score under 5.5)

Language of instruction waivers are not accepted for the MA Applied Linguistics (TESL) program. English language proficiency test scores are accepted for application purposes for up to 2 years from the test date.

The Bridged Entry program is not eligible for OSAP funding. Refund policy

The MA Applied Linguistics program has strong links with other ESL programs and professional associations, such as TESL Canada and TESL Ontario, and combines practice and research, preparing you for workplace and/or further studies.

All courses are designed to be interactive, up-to-date and pertinent in today’s workplace. Courses cover a broad range of topics to develop and challenge individual students’ knowledge base. There are also opportunities for students to participate in research and well-equipped Second Language Speech lab, with sound booth, audio and video recording equipment and a Second Language Acquisition lab are available for student projects.

Faculty teaching in the program bring a valuable range of attributes, including extensive international experience, hands-on proficiency in ESL teaching in Canada, capacity in a range of different languages beyond English, and energetic research and scholarship published and presented around the world.

The Department is committed to providing competitive funding to all qualified graduate students in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships.

MA Applied Linguistics (TESL) Scholarship

Our department offers one Scholarship award of approximately $5,000 to an incoming student accepted into the MA Applied Linguistics (TESL) program.

Graduate Program Director
Ron Thomson, Professor
Office: MC D 450H
905-688-5550 x5842
rthomson@brocku.ca

Graduate Program Assistant
Mae Leong
Office: MC C414
905-688-5550 x5165
gradapplingTESL@brocku.ca