TESOL Masters Project
The TESOL Masters Project is a partnership between Kabul Education University, Indiana University, American University of Afghanistan, and Educational Support Organization to not only build and implement the first English medium graduate degree, but also the first terminal degree for the public universities in Afghanistan. IU proposed a university-to-university partnership assisting KEU to develop a high quality, practice-based, sustainable Master of Education degree program meeting international standards in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.Ed. TESOL). The proposed program, conceptualized with input from KEU, provides Afghans with the knowledge and skills to teach at the tertiary level and is designed to meet the goals and objectives contained therein as well as coordinate with other measures underway, such as the existing Master of Education, which is implemented in Dari, at KEU. The Master of Education for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.Ed. TESOL) with a minor in Service Learning is a 40 credit hour program that endeavors to raise the level of English teachers in Afghanistan through focus on practice, experiential learning, and an intense focus on project-based instruction. This project will afford each of the cohorts the opportunity to create and complete projects and tasks that are relevant to Afghanistan, but more importantly illustrate the English Language Teaching theory in action. Additionally, this program has a heavy focus on teacher practice and each graduate student will go through extensive observation cycles where they plan lessons based on theory, implement them, and receive feedback from international experts from IU and AUAF. The curriculum is based on Indiana University Bloomington’s Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (M.A. TEFL) for Peace Corp volunteers, another population with experience in teaching in resource deficient environments.