"I love watching students attain a new aspect of the English language and the confidence that results from this language acquisition. Knowing that the words I speak and actions I take in the classroom can assist students' development and help influence their overall communicative competence is indescribable."
—Christina Fritsch, Master of Arts in Teaching–TESOL graduate
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Whether you are an aspiring or experienced teacher, the MAT – TESOL fieldwork is structured to support your professional development through live observations, small-group assignments and real-world teaching both virtually and in a classroom with English language learners around the world. Beginning in the first term, students will practice applying theories and instructional methods in fieldwork assignments. Throughout the program, students will film many of their fieldwork experiences for evaluation and discussion with USC Rossier faculty and peers in the program. Throughout this collaborative process, students will gain supportive feedback on their practice as well as insights from their peers and instructors.
In term one, students will be responsible for:
- Tutoring a language learner for one hour per week
- Conducting video-based observations and analysis of selected classrooms for discussion and reflection
In term two, students will be responsible for:
- Conducting a mini-ethnographic case study of a K–12 or adult student who is an English language learner (ELL). The case study is organized around a theoretical focus with three sub-themes of analysis that examine the ELL's social and academic experience as well as their linguistic development.
- Tutoring an English language learner and submitting a series of written reports.
- Carrying out guided observations at their fieldwork site or another ESL/EFL setting each week.
In term three, students will be responsible for:
- Designing a classroom-based assessment, administering it in class, grading students' assessments and reflecting on the results.
- In groups, designing and co-leading a series of online learning experiences with partner classroom sites
- Carrying out micro-teaching activities
- Conducting expert interviews by consulting with a more experienced peer, a guiding teacher at their fieldwork site or another master teacher on selected issues
- Completing a summative assessment and a professional development project
Supporting Your Fieldwork
The USC Rossier placement coordinator helps beginning teacher students find a field placement in or near their local community and ensures that the chosen school and district meet the program requirements.
For current teachers, the placement coordinator will confirm whether their school will allow them to fulfill their fieldwork requirements as part of their program of study.
Whether students are aspiring or experienced teacher, they will receive continuous feedback from USC faculty, host teachers and classmates as they hone their TESOL instructional skills in real-world classroom settings.
For questions about the MAT – TESOL fieldwork or the role of the Placement Coordinator, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 1-888-628-1872.