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The TESOL and World Language Education (TWLE) program at the University of Georgia engages multilingual and/or multicultural students in questions about research, theory, and practice concerning more than one language in educational settings. From working with young learners to adults, in formal school settings to informal community learning, from language science to language art, our research faculty introduce students to diverse experiences, research paradigms, and theories in fields related to second language acquisition.

Some of the many benefits students can experience in our program:

  • Take courses on several platforms including face-to-face, online, or hybrid, and working with students through a variety of creative platforms.

  • Work across the intersections between TESOL, world language, foreign language, and bilingual education.

  • Share in diverse connections TWLE faculty make to a wide variety of professional organizations, academic and literary journals, conference organizations, and leadership roles at local, national, and international levels.

  • Connect with distinguished TWLE alumni who are recognized leaders in the state and around the globe.

  • Attend the Mary Frances Early College of Education, one of the largest and most comprehensive education schools in the nation, named in honor of UGA's first African American graduate and a pioneering music educator.

  • Access the intellectual and artistic resources of a top research university composed of 17 schools and colleagues with over 100 research centers on campus with access to extensive technology and library services, athletic facilities, arts experiences, and much more.

TWLE Program Overview

Students in our program are involved in research, theory, and practice in six strands:

  1. TESOL and world language education methods, curriculum design, and assessment

  2. Second language acquisition and instructed second language learning

  3. Bi/multilingualism, bilingual and translingual literacies, and education

  4. Creative and arts-based pedagogies and inquiries

  5. Discourse studies

  6. Language education planning and policy

Ongoing Faculty Research

Ongoing Faculty Research

Our faculty are dedicated to addressing the needs of global learners, and as a result, our research stretches beyond the typical classroom boundaries into creativity, narrative inquiry, and multiculturalism.

The Student Experience

The Student Experience

Join an innovative, diverse group of learners in the TESOL and World Language Education program. Our students come from across the country and the world, and interact through several student organizations.

Financial Advice

Financial Advice

We offer several options for graduate assistantships and other forms of financial aid for different degree programs. Find out what programs you may qualify for.

ITA Testing Program

In order to teach at UGA, international students must demonstrate English proficiency. The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Testing Program in the TESOL and World Language Education program provides two spoken English proficiency assessments for students seeking teaching positions: a) the ITA Test of English Proficiency (ITA-TEP) and b) Duolingo English Test video assessment.

Learn more about these tests and who should take them.

Faculty and Staff

Usree Bhattacharya

  • Assistant Professor

David L. Chiesa

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Director

Dell Perry Giles

  • Part-Time Assistant Professor

Linda Harklau

  • Professor

Ruth M. Harman

  • Professor
  • Professor on Special Assignment
  • Program Coordinator

Victoria Hasko

  • Associate Professor

Lou Tolosa-Casadont

  • Clinical Associate Professor and World Language Program Coordinator

Contact Us

315 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Phone:
    706-542-4505 (general inquiries)
    706-583-8130 (student inquiries)
  • Fax: 706-542-3817
  • Email: lled@uga.edu