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Minor in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Why Study TESOL?


The minor in TESOL is usually an 18-credit program focusing on the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.  It prepares individuals for entry-level positions teaching English in a variety of educational, community, business, and government contexts, with the exception of public K-12 school settings. For specific requirements, please see the Course Catalog.

Sample Curriculum Requirements

Students must complete 18 credits, 12 of which must be at the 300 level or above.

Required courses:

  • LIN 301, Introductory Linguistic Analysis 
  • LIN 421, Introduction to Methods for Language Teaching
  • LIN 422, Advanced Methods for Language Teaching

Language requirement:

One (three or four-credit) course in a language other than English or demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.

Elective courses:

Students will choose two courses from an approved set as long as a total of 12 credits in the minor are taken at the 300 level or above.

Culture & Society

  • CRS 384 Discourse and Society
  • CRS 430 Intercultural Communication
  • LIN 571 Topics in Sociolinguistics
  • LIN 473 Language Variation and Change
  • LIN 481 Global Communication Through World Englishes

Language Acquisition

  • CSD 422 Development of Speech and Language
  • LIN 591 Second Language Acquisition
  • LIN 471 Dimension of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism

Language Structure

  • CSD 316 Intro to Applied Phonetics
  • CSD 345 Speech Science
  • ETS 325 History and Varieties of English
  • ETS 410 Topics in Forms and Genres
  • LIN/ANT 202 Languages of the World
  • LIN 251 English Words
  • LIN 411 Semantics of Human Languages
  • LIN 412 Pragmatics: Meaning and Context
  • LIN 426 Structure of Standard Arabic
  • LIN 431 Phonological Analysis
  • LIN 441 Syntactic Analysis
  • LIN 451 Morphological Analysis
  • LIN 461 Introduction to Historical Linguistics
  • SPA 435 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • SPA 436 Structure of Spanish

Learning Populations

  • CFS 365 Language Development in Children & Families (pre-req CFS 202)
  • CRS 331 Interpersonal Communication
  • CRS 333 Small Group Communication

CSD 303 Communication in the Classroom (or CSD 212 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders)

  • EDU 310 The American School
  • EDU 321 International Education for Transformation
  • EDU 355 Fundamentals of Teaching for Non-Majors
  • ELL 301 Tutoring English Learners in Schools within the US and Abroad
  • SPE 311 Perspectives on Disabilities

Literacy

  • WRT 331 Peer Writing Consultant Practicum (pre-req WRT 205)
  • WRT 427 Emerging Technologies in Professional & Technical Writing (pre-req WRT 205)
  • WRT 428 Studies in Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy (pre-req WRT 205)
  • WRT 447 Professional & Technical Writing in Global Contexts (pre-req WRT 205)

Instructional Materials

  • IDE 201 Integrating technology into Instruction I
  • IDE 301 Integrating technology into Instruction II (pre-req IDE 201)
  • IDE 401 Integrating technology into Instruction III (pre-req IDE 301)
  • IDE 456 Computers as Critical Thinking Tools
  • IDE 457 Design of Online Courses
  • IDE 552 Digital Media Production

Program Management

  • SOM 354 Managing in a Global Setting
  • CRS 323 Presentational Speaking