College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language

The minor in teaching English as a second language (TESL) helps prepare undergraduate students to teach non-native speakers of English in the United States or abroad. This course of study combines linguistic theory, second language acquisition theory, and ESL teaching methodology.

The minor in TESL may be pursued concurrently with any undergraduate major. English majors concentrating in linguistics can apply up to nine credits in LING used for the major to the TESL minor.

For policies governing all minors, see the Academic Policies section of the University Catalog.

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Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

Five required courses (15 credits)

Students must have approval from the linguistics director to register for 500-level courses.

LING 306 - General Linguistics Credits: 3

LING 307 - English Grammar Credits: 3

LING 521 - Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language Credits: 3

LING 523 - English Phonetics Credits: 3

LING 582 - Second Language Acquisition Credits: 3

One elective course (3 credits) chosen from:

Other relevant courses may be applied to the minor with the prior written approval of the director. Students must have approval from the director to register for 500-level courses.

Any course in a foreign language beyond the college requirement for the BA degree.

ANTH 114 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3

COMM 305 - Foundations of Intercultural Communication Credits: 3

ENGH 318 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

LING 450 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics Credits: 3

LING 485 - Semantics and Pragmatics Credits: 3

LING 486 - Syntax I Credits: 3

LING 490 - Generative Phonology Credits: 3

LING 499 - Independent Study Credits: 1-3

LING 525 - Practicum in ESL Credits: 3

Total: 18 credits

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