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Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi


TESOL at the University of Mississippi

Why Study Applied Linguistics and TESOL?

The Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (AL/TESOL) program offers students opportunities to develop their teaching skills by learning methods of teaching English language learners, become experts in teaching English as a second language, and take advanced coursework in applied linguistics and second language acquisition in preparation for further graduate study. The AL/TESOL program offers an undergraduate minor, Masters and Doctorate programs, and coursework for ESL Endorsement on a Mississippi teaching license.

Degree Requirements

Language Heads

Student Resources


Extracurricular Activities

Community English as a Second Language (CESL) Program

AL/TESOL students have the opportunity to work in the CESL Program as teachers and administrators. A student association, the CESL Program is jointly sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and the Intensive English Program, and offers weekly classes for family members of international faculty and scholars at the University of Mississippi.


The Applied Linguistics and TESOL faculty at the Department of Modern Languages has expertises in several fields, including Second Language Phonology, Foreign/Second Language Teaching Methodology, Sociophonetics, Classroom and Professional Discourse, Language Teacher Education, Linguistic Anthropology of Education, and Academic Literacy in Second Language Learners. The linguistics faculty is enthusiastic, supportive, and committed to working closely with its students.

TESOL Letters

Contact Information

Undergraduate Minors:

Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Tamara Warhol, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Linguistics and TESOL
Howry 213

M.A. and Ph.D. Students:

M.A. Program Coordinator for TESOL Certificate and Linguistics:

Maria Fionda, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Bondurant E-205B

Ph.D. Program Coordinator for TESOL and Applied Linguistics:

Dr. Felice Coles
Bondurant East 210A

Howry Hall

Financial Assistance

Scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships help many students study Linguistics. Modern Languages awards scholarships to students of Linguistics, the College of Liberal Arts awards additional scholarships, and other financial support is available from the Office of Financial Aid.