The Student Experience

Online MA TESOL Program

MeganWorkmanMegan Workman

"My foundational interest in the field of TESOL is a passion for uniting communities and broadening the individual’s communicative capabilities. I am particularly interested in exploring the connections between language, culture, and identity; the role of the arts in language education; and the impact of a learner’s home environment on her/his competency level of language acquisition. I chose to pursue my MA-TESOL through USF’s online program primarily because their social justice approach to education and the flexibility online courses provide." — Megan Workman


ryan_jJames Ryan

"I had always wanted to teach. When I retired, I became a volunteer for the local library tutoring adult literacy. I enjoyed that very much and wanted to increase my skills teaching English to non native speakers. I enrolled in a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate course through the School for International Training. After a couple of years of teaching I realized that I wanted to take my education to the next level. I had received a bachelors degree from USF years earlier and checked out USF’s MATESOL program. I was impressed that they offered the course with a concentration in digital technology, and the course was on line. I was also impressed by the Jesuit commitment to education. I think this program broadens my base and positions me well at the front for a career in teaching English.." — James Ryan

dianeyangDiane (Chiawei) Yang

"As an ESL student from Taiwan, I understand the challenges that non-native English speakers face in life and the support they need. I wouldn’t be what I am today without others’ help in my journey. Therefore, teaching ESL has always been my dream because I want to be in the position of assisting others, like those who have helped me. I want to encourage my students to see beyond themselves and have the same opportunities in school and in life as others." - Diane (Chiawei) Yang


anthony.bAnthony Baltiero

"Continuing my education in the MATESOL program at USF has been one of the most significant decisions of my academic and professional life. As education shifts toward online learning and technology-based platforms, it was important to me that I found a graduate program that is at pace with the changing trends in education. The MATESOL program with a concentration in Digital Media & Learning has far exceeded my expectations. The practical experience and plethora of tools and resources that I have gathered from the program have become invaluable assets to my career. From a linguistic perspective, the program excels at delivering varied approaches to understanding language acquisition and how to apply what we have learned to our classroom teaching experiences. I now feel confident that I have the skills and tools to make a significant impact in the field of TESOL during the current technological renaissance" - Anthony Baltiero 

lisa headshotLisa Ortman

"I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a concentration in Digital Media and Learning through the University of San Francisco. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in Environmental Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

I spent most of my professional career working in the Wine Industry, specializing in marketing, social media and event planning.  However, it was a volunteer ESL class I developed and taught for parents in the local school district that sparked my interest in the field of TESOL. After I complete my graduate degree, I would like to develop curriculum for ESL students in the United States and eventually live and teach abroad." — Lisa Ortman

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