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Sophia University

Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics

M.A. in Linguistics (TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The M.A. Program in Linguistics (TESOL) builds on Sophia's traditional strengths in linguistics and foreign language education. It provides graduate courses similar to those in the United States and Canada with emphasis on both theory and practice.
The faculty members have advanced degrees from leading universities in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Japan, and are actively engaged in research, teacher training and publication in their specializations.
The size of the program is kept small to encourage close student-faculty interaction. The students work on their M.A. thesis under the guidance of an academic advisor and are required to take three compulsory courses--TEFL(Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in Japan, Introduction to Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition—as well as a designated number of credits from courses offered in the Core Courses, as well as Integrated Seminars I and II in consultation with faculty members.
The TESOL program is designed so that all required credits and consultation can be attained through the medium of English, but there are also courses which are offered in Japanese as well. Additional opportunities to learn are available via lectures, workshops and participation in conferences.

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Arts in Linguistics
Subject - Humanities (History, Linguistics, etc.)
Major Linguistics
Duration 2 years
Entry Date April 1 (Spring Entry)
Location 7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started 2006
No. of Students Please refer to the Sophia Factbook website
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members Please refer to the Sophia Factbook website
Tuition Fees Please refer to the Tuition website
Additional Information
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 33
Application Type Open to everyone
Application Period For details, see the Admissions Website
Examination Type & Date For details, see the Admissions Website
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process
Admission Fee For details, see the Admissions Website

As of July 12, 2023


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