"The field of TESOL is a multifaceted academic discipline and profession with a distinct pedagogy that requires specialized training. That someone speaks English does not by itself qualify that person to teach it, especially to those who are learning English as an additional language. TESOL focuses on how to use English as a world language and how to understand and become acquainted with the various cultural practices of English-speaking people." (TESOL, 2008) This interdisciplinary "academic discipline requir[es] training in linguistics, language acquisition, language pedagogy, methodology, materials development, testing and research, curriculum and syllabus design, program administration, and cross-cultural communication." (TESOL, 2008) In addition, the MATESOL program at APU "provide graduate students from around the world with opportunities to acquire the values, attitudes, concepts, and skills required for teaching English to diverse student populations in a variety of educational contexts locally and internationally, in a manner marked by professional innovation, intercultural sensitivity, and spiritual passion" (Dep. of Global Studies, Sociology, & TESOL, 2009). For more information on the MATESOL program at APU go to http://www.apu.edu/clas/globalstudies/graduate/.
Since TESOL draws from multidisciplinary fields, this guide identifies a variety of resources that will facilitate research. It contains scholarly and professional, print and electronic resources for graduate students in TESOL. The resources listed in this guide are available through the APU Libraries website - http://www.apu.edu/library/.