Dustin De Felice Appointed MAFLT Program Director


June 23, 2016

Dr. Dustin De Felice has been appointed to a one-year term as Director of the Master of Arts degree in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT) program, effective August 16, 2016. In this role, he will oversee recruitment efforts and increase enrollments, provide oversight of MAFLT faculty, and coordinate course offerings.

An Assistant Professor in MSU’s Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA), De Felice teaches courses on English Structures & Functions, Experiential Modules, Foreign Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Program Development & Administration, Introduction to Language Teaching Methods, Language Concepts for Foreign Language Teaching, Methods of Second & Foreign Language Teaching, Pedagogical Grammar, Practicum in Adult ESL Teaching, and Teaching Foreign Language with Technology.

The online MAFLT program is housed within CeLTA and is designed for current and aspiring foreign language teachers. Coursework focuses on communicative and task-based language teaching principles and methods, as well as computer-assisted language teaching, language assessment, and language-program administration.

Through online instruction and collaboration with faculty members and peers, students receive a solid foundation in second language acquisition (SLA) and applied linguistics, and learn how SLA theories and research apply to current foreign language teaching approaches, methods, and materials design.

In addition to the PhD, De Felice holds a BA in Speech Communication with a minor in Spanish and Linguistics, and an MA in Linguistics with a concentration in TESL from Northeastern Illinois University. 

De Felice’s current research interests include the development of community/teacher based materials aimed at increasing literacy and/or documentation of endangered languages; phenomenological inquiries and language teaching practices.