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Advice on Placement of TESOL Program

Date Submitted: 24-Feb-2012
From: Amal Altoaimy
Subject: Advice on Placement of TESOL Program
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Notice: Greetings from Saudi Arabia!

I am a faculty member in the department of English/College of Arts in one of the Saudi universities. As we are in the process of evaluating, and improving our current programs, I suggested to have an applied linguistics program with concentration on the TESOL field. Unfortunately, the other members, who were linguists and applied linguists, rejected the idea. They believe that TESOL comes under the Teaching and Methodology departments which fall under the College of Education. I have gone through different university programs and found that the TESOL program/degree/major mostly comes under linguistics and applied linguistics department. Academically and scientifically, how can I approach this topic and include this major in our English department?

Thank you in advance for your time and support.

Best Regards,
Applied Linguist