Applied Linguistics

The Applied Linguistics track in NAU’s MA TESL program covers a blend of theoretical and practical issues, ranging from linguistics to ESL methodology. In addition, you will have the opportunity for a one-semester supervised teaching experience.


Central courses include:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • ESL Methods
  • Assessment for Second Language Skills

All MA TESL students take Foundations of Language Teaching and Learning, Grammatical Foundations, Introduction to Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics.

In the Applied Linguistics emphasis, you will take four electives, two of which must be graduate TESL/applied linguistics courses.


One goal of this track is to prepare students for Ph.D. level study in applied linguistics.

More information

Please refer to the academic catalog for specific course information.

Graduate Student Association of Applied Linguistics