Program: Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
The TESL minor program in the College of Humanities provides foundational and introductory preparation for teaching English to speakers of other languages by gaining an understanding of how languages are acquired; through knowledge of English forms, meanings and uses; and by developing the skills needed to teach English.
1. Core Courses (12 units)
2. Electives (6 units)
Choose two courses from the following:
CHS 433 Language Acquisition of the Chicana/o and ESL Speakers (3)
COMS 356 Intercultural Communication (3)
ENGL 302 Introduction to Modern Grammar (3) (if not taken as a core course)
ENGL 406 Advanced Expository Writing for Teachers (3)
LING 309 Language and Social Interaction (3)
LING 402 Phonology (3)
LING 404 Syntax (3)
LING 408 Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
LING 441 Sociolinguistics (3)
LING 447 Bilingualism in the U.S. (3)
SPAN 497 Comparative Structures of Spanish and English (3)
Total Units in the Minor: 18
Department of Linguistics/TESL
Chair: Anna Joaquin
Associate Chair: Stephanie Kim
Sierra Tower (ST) 805
Program Learning Outcomes
Students receiving a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) will be able to:
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of linguistic theory in phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of TESL theory, practice, methodology and assessment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of theories of language structure, acquisition and language in context.
- Demonstrate basic skills to read, analyze and critically evaluate research, including a high level of critical thinking and problem solving.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between language use and culture.