TESOL Minor

TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Most people in the world today grow up learning multiple languages at various stages of life and for various reasons. From this perspective, when English is learned, it is not assumed that it will be their second language (as in English as a Second Language, or ESL), as it could be their third, fourth, or fifth language. There are many aspects of language teaching that need to be understood, considered, and learned in order to make TESOL a fulfilling and rewarding vocation.

The courses which comprise the TESOL program are designed to prepare you for understanding theoretical issues of language acquisition and language teaching, methodological and curricular considerations, and sensitivities of the role of a Christian English Teacher. The courses include:

Minor

REQUIRED (21 Units)

  • ENGL 3290 Seminar in English Grammar
  • LING 4320 Language Learning
  • LING 4330 Communicating Cross-Culturally
  • TESL 3000 TESOL Theory
  • TESL 3020 TESOL Materials and Methods
  • TESL 4500 TESOL Practicum

One of the following:

  • LING 4400 Sociolinguistics
  • TESL 4100 TESL Curricula and Assessment

TESOL Concentration (CCS Majors)

REQUIRED (21 Units)

  • ENGL 3270 History of English
  • ENGL 3290 Seminar in English Grammar
  • LING 4320 Language Learning
  • LING 4400 Sociolinguistics
  • TESL 3000 TESOL Theory
  • TESL 3020 TESOL Materials and Methods
  • TESL 4500 TESOL Practicum
  • TESL 4100 TESL Curricula and Assessment

Receive a certificate in TESOL as either a specialization as part of the Cross-Cultural Studies major or as a minor along with another major (English, Psychology, Business, Liberal Studies, Spanish, or another major).

Many organizations, businesses, and schools who hire English teachers require a TESOL certificate. There is a great demand for qualified English teachers in the US and around the world, and this demand is growing each year. Whether you want to teach English in your home town or internationally, a TESOL certificate will prepare you for many of these opportunities.

Practicum Experience

Students have been able to have a wide variety of experiences for the required TESOL Practicum course, viewed as the capstone course for the TESOL specialization or minor. Students have taught English here in Redding, CA, other places in California, Russia, Jordan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, among various other places.