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Second Language Education & Culture (SLEC) Program TESOL & Foreign Language Education


Wecome to the web site for Second Language Education & Culture. Our primary programs are composed of Second Language Education & Culture and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

We hope that you will take the time to explore our website and see the various features our programs. You will also find answers to your questions and contact information on how to contact us.

Our Program

The Second Language Education Program is an innovative, vibrant and growing unit at the University of Maryland. Housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) in the College of Education, this program contains both Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Foreign Language Education (FLEd.). The Second Language Education Program powerfully combines theory, research, and practice.

A unique feature of the program is the variety of ways in which Second Language Education components are combined in preparing students to adapt methods, materials, and curricula to a variety of culturally and linguistically diverse settings in the United States and abroad. The program's options are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Our Graduate Students

Our outstanding, highly diverse students come from different cultures and dozens of countries around the world. Several graduate students are Fulbright Scholars, and others have won prestigious fellowships from the Graduate School, the State of Maryland, and elsewhere. Many students are just starting their careers, but others bring relevant work experience, including teaching in K-12, university and adult education programs or coordinating language programs for large school districts or the federal government. Yet others are midlife career-changers coming from diverse fields.

Some Second Language Education practitioners teach foreign languages (FL) such as Spanish or French in public or private elementary, secondary or postsecondary institutions; others teach English as a foreign language (EFL) in other countries; and yet others teach English to speakers of other languages (ESOL or ESL) in this country.

Graduates of our undergraduate and master’s programs take positions as K-12 and adult education teachers, community college teachers, university professors, researchers, supervisors and coordinators of language programs, consultants, language and diversity policy analysts, and project officers in non-profit organizations and government agencies.