MA in Language Teaching

Language Teaching

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Language Teaching (formerly the MA in Teaching International Languages) is a 36-unit interdisciplinary program that prepares students for diverse careers in second and foreign language education, including teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Chico State's unique program emphasizes meaning-oriented language instruction – such as communicative, task-based, content-based and process-oriented approaches – with a focus on intercultural communicative competence, technology in language learning, teaching second language writing, and teaching heritage language learners. Students in the program gain a broad and multifaceted understanding of second language learning processes in their cognitive and social contexts and learn how theories and research in second language acquisition (SLA) inform current approaches to language teaching and the design of pedagogical materials and innovative curricula.

The MA in Language Teaching prepares students for careers in language education in varied instructional and cultural settings in the United States or abroad or for further graduate study or research in related fields.

The Master of Arts Degree in Language Teaching fosters the study of languages as an integral part of a world-class education in a global society. The program:

  • Promotes the development of knowledgeable, reflective, inquiry-oriented professionals prepared to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and foreign languages.
  • Promotes the development of educators who use curriculum, assessment, and professional standards in foreign languages and TESOL to guide effective practice.
  • Prepares language professionals for a broad spectrum of cultural contexts and instructional settings in the United States and abroad.
  • Enables students from all nations to fully participate in the multilingual, interdependent communities of the twenty-first century. 
  • Serves as a pre-doctoral preparation program for language educators.

If you are interested in learning more about the  program, please contact the program director:

Dr. Friederike Fichtner
Assistant Professor of German & Second Language Acquisition
ARTS 332

2023 Info Session: MA in Language Teaching
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