From the Director
What is the calling upon your life? What is the purpose for which you were made? How might teaching English to speakers of other languages fit into your sense of mission?
Here at Azusa Pacific University, the heart of the TESOL Programs is serving the needs of the world's diverse peoples for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. Our calling as faculty is to train and support teachers with a desire to teach English to adults from a variety of languages and cultures, and in so doing, glorify God and be used by His Spirit.
The need is certainly greater than ever. English has become the official language of commerce throughout the world. More than a fourth of the world's periodicals and the majority of scientific and technical journals are published in English. English is the primary language taught in 100 countries and has official status in 70 countries, more than any other language.
What better place to practice the skills of teaching English to speakers of other languages than in the international microcosm of Southern California? With more than 200 languages and innumerable dialects, California is the most linguistically diverse state in the nation. The Los Angeles area alone boasts more languages (more than 120) than any other American metropolitan area.
Corresponding to this distinctive location, the on-campus M.A. in TESOL Program at APU maintains an international focus. Unique among TESOL programs, APU's program is housed in the Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL. The faculty, all of whom have cross-cultural experience serving overseas, share a passion to prepare teachers for intercultural and international service. And in cooperation with English Language Institute/China and other sending agencies, we also offer a cutting-edge field-based program that enables participants to earn an M.A. while teaching abroad.
If you are looking for a TESOL program that provides solid practical training, I encourage you to consider APU. We have shaped the program to blend a sturdy theoretical foundation with rigorous practical preparation. All of our faculty are experienced ESL/EFL instructors, and the project-based course work focuses on application to the classroom. Our graduates are in high demand in nearby community colleges and adult schools.
One final word: while the students in our program come from a variety of religious backgrounds, they together enjoy the warmly Christian environment provided by APU. Furthermore, the TESOL faculty are all motivated to "press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold" of us (Philippians 3:12). I sincerely invite you to join us in that quest.
With great hope for God's best,
Richard E. Robison, Ph.D.
Director, On-Campus M.A./TESOL Program
Chair, Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL