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MAESL Grad Wins Award

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James J. Riley, a recent graduate of Hamline’s Master of Arts in English as a Second Language (MAESL) program, has received the best instructor award at Daegu University in the Republic of Korea. Riley is currently in his second semester as a full-time English instructor within the university’s Foreign Language Education Center where he teaches freshman and sophomore conversation classes. Riley will also be teaching an economics class for foreign exchange students this semester. The university is located in Gyeongsan, which is a suburb of the third largest city in Korea. Riley credits part of his success to his time as a student in Hamline’s MAESL program.

The MAESL program offers students a chance to learn how to make a difference in the lives of immigrants, refugees, and international students. Hamline offers three strands of degree options for MAESL students: ESL for Adults, ESL for K-12, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Completing the coursework requires 4-5 semesters, about a year and a half, at 8-10 credits per semester followed by two years to complete a capstone. Hamline’s MAESL program offers experienced faculty, great career opportunities, and flexible scheduling for classes. Graduates of the program, such as Riley, have a strong relationship between language, culture, and instruction, are able to pose and investigate questions relating to language and have the knowledge to take on leadership roles.