Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

As the world becomes more interconnected, it is increasingly important to build connections through language. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a six-course minor that provides essential training for the challenging task of teaching the English language at home or abroad in private language schools, community centers or bilingual programs, and in other contexts that do not require state certification. The Linguistics Program also offers a ten-course Linguistics Major-TESOL concentration.

A minor in TESOL incorporates important pedagogical training that prepares students to teach English with both cultural and linguistic sensitivity. This minor opens doors to opportunities to travel, live, and work around the globe. Students who are interested in TESOL might also be interested in studying linguistics, including areas such as dialectology and forensic linguistics.

While completion of a TESOL minor does not certify students to teach English as a second or foreign language, it does offer undergraduate students numerous professional and volunteer opportunities. TESOL can be combined with any number of majors or minors and enhances students' applications for fellowships such as the Fulbright. The coursework also provides general background for related graduate study and equips students to serve as English language teachers in the United States and in other countries.