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LIU Post Offers TESOL Master’s Degree in Blended Format


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

George LekakisGeorge Lekakis originally went to college to study accounting with the intention of working for a CPA firm in his native New York City. But then an opportunity to attend a summer student conference in Japan, followed by a semester abroad, led him to begin his career in Asia, living in Japan and Singapore for 10 years. During that time, he taught English as a foreign language in central Japan for two years, eventually landing a position with an American accounting firm.

Now, Lekakis is back in New York, earning a master’s degree at LIU Post in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) – a degree that is now offered in a blended format, which combines online and in-classroom learning. It is one of a growing number of Long Island University blended programs that make it easier for busy people to earn graduate degrees. In the new format, the M.A. in TESOL can be completed in as little as 16 months.

For Lekakis, teaching English to speakers of other languages is a rewarding way to bridge divides between countries and cultures. “A master’s degree in TESOL will allow me to combine my love of teaching with my foreign language skills to work with students who may be struggling as a result of their new environment,” Lekakis said. “I also plan to leverage my expatriate experiences to provide the cultural support that English language learners require for long-term academic success.”

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages prepares students to help children in all grades overcome language barriers and learn how to speak the English language effectively. The program also fosters greater awareness of the special needs of children in multilingual/multicultural school districts. Required courses include Psychological and
Developmental Foundations of Education; Race, Class and Gender: Teaching Diverse Populations, and Bilingual Education & ESL: Theory & Practice. The degree is capped with a semester of student teaching or other experiential learning.

This highly specialized program prepares students for New York State certification. It also provides advanced training for experienced TESOL teachers, supervisors and administrators. The program consists of 39 to 42 credits, depending on course selection and the culminating experience. The program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), signifying that the course of study is exemplary in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in Kindergarten through grade 12 schools.

To learn more, visit or call 516-299-2146.

Posted 09/14/2012

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