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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), founded in April 2006, 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 approximately 10 faculty members in TESOL 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. They represent a diverse spectrum of applied linguistics and language education, ensuring a comprehensive program for anyone interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language. Every year 8 applicants are admitted to pursue the M.A. degree, and although the TESOL program is a M.A. program, many students go on to study for their Ph.D. in the Applied Linguistics program. The size of the program is kept small to encourage close student-faculty interaction. The M.A. Program in Linguistics (TESOL) and the Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics offer the degrees of M.A. in Linguistics and Ph.D. in Linguistics respectively. The students 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 students work on their M.A. thesis under the guidance of an academic advisor, who also chairs their M.A. thesis committee. Ph.D. students in Applied Linguistics work on their dissertation under the guidance of an academic advisor, but are not required to do any specific course work. Both the TESOL and Applied Linguistics Ph.D. programs are designed in such a way that all required credits and consultation can be attained through the medium of English. However, there are also courses which are offered in Japanese as well. The TESOL and Applied Linguistics programs draw on the resources of the Sophia Linguistics Institute for International Communication. The institute sponsors many lectures and workshops by both Japanese and international scholars—many of whom give their presentation in English--providing additional opportunities for the students to learn about their areas of specialization through the medium of English. The students are also encouraged to give presentations at domestic as well as international conferences starting from the M.A. level.

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, 2019
Location 7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started 2006
No. of Students 25
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members -
Tuition Fees 921,400 yen
Additional Information
Contact Addressee: Sophia University Admissions Office
Phone: 03-3238-3517
Fax: 03-3238-3262
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 33
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility Those who meet one of the following criteria and two of the following prerequisites can apply to the TESOL Program:
(1) Applicants who have graduated, or are expected to graduate from a university in Japan before entering the Master’s program.
(2) Applicants who have completed, or are expected to complete16 years of formal education at a foreign educational institution before entering the Master’s program.
(3) Applicants aged 22 or over who have been screened by Sophia University Graduate School and have been approved as having academic ability equivalent to that of a student who has graduated from a university.
(4) Applicants whose academic ability has been approved by Sophia University Graduate School as equivalent to that of a student who has completed an undergraduate course at Sophia University.
Applicants who fall under any of 3, 4, of the above and who completed university education in a country that regards the length of formal education as 15 years are required to go through a screening of eligibility. Please contact the Admissions Office at least one month prior to the application documents submission deadline.

【Prerequisites】 Applicants must meet the following prerequisite 1 and one of the prerequisites in 2.
1. [For non-native speakers of English only] TOEFL scores higher than 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT) or 79 (iBT), IELTS (Academic) scores higher than 6.0 or First Grade of the Jitsuyo Eigo Gino Kentei (Eiken, Test in Practical English Proficiency). These tests should be taken within two years of the application deadline. We do not accept TOEFL ITP (Institutional Testing Program).
2. Applicants should meet one of the following four criteria:
(1) The applicant holds a teacher’s license.
(2) The applicant is expected to obtain a teacher’s license before entering the Master’s program.
*Even though applicants may have been accepted to Sophia University on the basis of certificate of expected teacher’s license, failure to obtain a teacher’s license or have the results submitted before our deadline (March 25, Friday, 2016) will result in cancellation of their acceptance.
(3) At the time of application, the applicant has experience of teaching a foreign language for one year or more at educational institutions and companies in Japan or in other countries.
*Private tutoring does not fulfill the one-year teaching experience requirement.
(4) The applicants holds a CELTA certificate.
Application Period First application: July 2 through July 18, 2018
Second application: December 3 through December 21, 2018
Examination Type & Date Application Document
Oral examination:
- First application: September 13, 2018
- Second application: February 14, 2019
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee 35,000 yen

As of July 19, 2018


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