"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. Fieldwork starts in term 2, and can be completed in a range of settings in your own community or abroad.
In Term 2, each candidate 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 school site or another ESL/EFL setting each week.
In Term 3, each candidate will be responsible for:
- Designing a classroom-based assessment, administering it in their class, grading students' assessments and reflecting on them.
- Leading and designing a series of discussion groups and a month-long English workshop for their online field placement with a partner class of English language learners in Brazil, Korea or the U.S.
- Carrying out microteaching activities, in which candidates will be expected to consult an "expert" (e.g., a more experienced peer, a mentor teacher at their observation site or another teacher of their choice) and ask them for his or her opinion on an issue.
In Term 4, each candidate will complete a summative assessment and a professional development project, such as an action research project or a conference proposal.
Throughout the program, you will film your teaching experiences and upload the videos for evaluation and discussion with USC faculty and your peers in the program. Through this collaborative process, you will gain supportive feedback on your practice as well as insights from your peers and instructors.
Supporting Your Fieldwork
If you are a beginning teacher, our Placement Coordinator will find you a field placement in or near your local community and ensure that the chosen school and district meet the fieldwork requirements as part of your program of study.
If you are a current teacher, our Placement Coordinator will confirm whether your school will allow you to fulfill your fieldwork requirements as part of your program of study.
Whether you are a beginning or experienced teacher, you will receive continuous feedback from USC faculty, host teachers and classmates as you hone your 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.