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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


TESOL faculty and students will be presenting at the ITBE Convention 2019 on Feb. 22 and 23, including William Stone Ph.D., who will present as a featured speaker:

Feb. 22: 

William Stone, Ph.D.: "Lies, Damn Lies and English Verbs"  

Feb. 23: 

Jeanine Ntihirageza and Anne Gil-Bloyer "Bridging Gaps with Refugees and Immigrants through a Gardening Project: Language Instruction through STEM and Health Literacy"

Gina Wells, Ph.D. and Courtney Francis M.A.: "African American English: The Elephant in the Room"

Ulugbek Nurmukhamedov, Ph.D. "Assessing Productive Vocabulary: Test Formats to Support Instruction"

August Garnsey (M.A. TESOL Student): "Teaching Business English that Develops Higher Order Thinking Skills"

Jeanine Caughlin (M.A. TESOL Student) "Product vs Process: Teachers Weigh in on Written Corrective Feedback"

Rachel Adeodu, Ph.D. (M.A. TESOL) "Lessons Learned: Making Language Accessible for ESL College Students"

"The Contribution of Collocation Tools to Collocation Correction in Second Language Writing" by Ulugbek Nurmukhamedov published in the International Journal of Lexicography.


The program for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Northeastern Illinois University has a long history of preparing professionals in TESOL who work in the Chicago area and beyond. It is aligned with the professional standards of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Inc. at

The program offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in TESOL, a Graduate Certificate Program, a minor in TESOL, and courses toward ESL Endorsement in the State of Illinois and a general education course as part of the first-year experience. We are open to working with individual schools and school districts to provide contract or cohort classes on site. In addition, we welcome the possibility of working with schools in other states and countries in order to explore partnerships and/or provide teacher exchanges for the teaching of English and language teacher training.


The M.A. in TESOL gives students an understanding of the nature of language, culture, instruction, assessment and professionalism, and their interrelationships. The M.A. in TESOL prepares you to teach English in the United States or overseas. Within the United States, our graduates teach ESL in public and private schools, as well as in city and community colleges and in adult education programs.

For certified teachers possessing a valid teaching certificate through the State of Illinois, fulfillment of this degree includes the courses that would help them to complete the requirements necessary to teach ESL in K through 12. As an alternative, students can elect to complete only the sequence of courses leading for the State of Illinois endorsement to teach ESL. (To see Illinois ESL endorsement requirements visit the Illinois State Board of Education at

The program is designed for full- or part-time students, and all master's level courses offered in the fall and spring semesters are held in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Careers and opportunities

TESOL is the application of linguistics to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. A degree in TESOL is in great demand, both in the United States and abroad. A career path in TESOL will prepare you for the more traditional professions related to education (e.g., English language teaching, teacher training, program administration, curriculum development, materials development) at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, as well as a variety of other professions that require the skill set developed within a TESOL degree program (e.g., research, publishing, advocacy, government).


The program has been designed in accordance with the standards established by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL). View detailed information about the domains and their standards along with performance criteria or visit the TESOL website.

News and Events

For information regarding our alumni and current program events please go to News and Events.

Contact us

Mailing Address:

TESOL Program
Northeastern Illinois University
Lech Walesa Hall Office 3062
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-5870

TESOL, ELP and SAELL Office Manager

Perla Torres
Phone: (773) 442-5870
Email: OR
Location: Lech Walesa Hall Office 3062

For questions regarding a Master of Arts in TESOL please contact Dr. Gina Wells.
For questions regarding a minor in TESOL please contact: Dr. William Stone.
For questions regarding the Graduate Certificate please contact John Armour.