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Master's Program in International Language Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language

Introduction to our TESOL Program
Introduction to our TESOL Program
The program emphasizes the development of a broad understanding of second language acquisition theory and research methods as well as individualized supervision and practical experience for all students as each works closely with experienced faculty. In addition, the program allows students the flexibility to pursue their professional interests.

The ILE: TESOL program has four core components that are emphasized throughout the two-year program:
  • Understanding and utilizing learning theory and methodology
  • Understanding, utilizing, and conducting research
  • Practical experience and practice
  • Specialization through research, practical interests, and elective courses
While based in Japan, the ILE: TESOL Program is a rigorous academic program at the graduate level, comparable to similar programs in the United States, Australia, or the United Kingdom. The program employs a distinctively western approach to graduate study, requiring students to actively prepare for and participate in class discussions, write academic papers based on surveys of research, and deliver presentations. There are few lecture-style classes. Although challenging, the program staff and faculty are dedicated to providing support for students so that they can meet their educational goals and the expectations of our program successfully.

Upon completion of the program, graduates can expect to have the foundation knowledge and skills as well as the confidence to become effective language educators in a variety of contexts, or to pursue graduate study at the doctoral level.

The ILE: TESOL Program welcomes
Professor Willy A Renandya as a Visiting Faculty Member in the Fall of 2021

Willy A Renandya

Dr Willy A Renandya is a language teacher educator with extensive teaching experience in Asia. He currently teaches applied linguistics courses at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a frequent plenary speaker at ELT international conferences and has published extensively in the area of second language education. His publications include Language Teaching Methodology: An anthology of current practice (2002, Cambridge University Press), Student-centred cooperative learning (2019, Springer International), and a recently published book chapter Growing Our Research Impact (2020, Springer International). 

Selected publications
Ivone, F. M., & Renandya, W.A. (in press). Bringing Extensive Listening into the L2 Classroom. In M. Reed & T. Jones (Eds), Listening in the Classroom: Before and Beyond Note Taking. TESOL Press.
Jacobs, G.M., & Renandya, W.A. (2019). Cooperative learning in language education. Malang, Indonesia: TEFLIN Publication.
Jacobs, G.M., & Renandya, W.A. (2019). Student-centred cooperative learning. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Nature.
Renandya, W.A., & Day, R. (2020). The primacy of extensive reading and listening: Putting theory into practice. In D. S. Anshori, P. Purnawarnan, W. Gunawan & Y. Wirza (Eds), Language, Education, and Policy for the Changing Society: Contemporary Research and Practices: A Festschrift for Professor Fuad Abdul Hamied (pp 90-104). Bandung: UPI Press.
Renandya, W., Hu, G., Christison, M., & Broady, C. (Vol. Eds.). (2018). The TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching: Vol.3. Teaching listening & Teaching speaking and pronunciation. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Renandya, W.A., Tangkiengsirisin, S., & Floris, F.D. (2021). Bridging the reading-writing gap in second language learning. In N. Hayati, U. P., Astuti, S. Andreani, & Suharyadi (Eds.), The changing face of ELT: A festschrift for Prof. Ali Saukah and Prof. M. Adnan Latief (pp. 1-13). Malang, Indonesia: Universitas Negeri Malang Press.

For more information about Professor Willy A Renandya, please see the Visiting Faculty Member webpage.


Soka University offers a graduate program in International Language Education (ILE): TESOL that produces exceptional language educators by providing opportunities for students to develop a deeper understanding of language acquisition, language teaching, and intercultural communication.

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