Teaching English as a Second Language


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Teaching English as a Second Language

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On Campus

Program Description

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) minor prepares you to teach students in the United States and throughout in the world. You will about linguistics and English language teaching from specialists who have lived, worked, and taught throughout the
world. You can complete the minor alone, or, by adding an appropriate major, foreign language study, and the Professional Education Sequence (described below), you can earn a Minnesota teaching license in ESL.



College of Liberal Arts



Admission Requirements

What previous degree and/or experience is required prior to admission to this program?

Specific Courses, High School / GED

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Specific coursework required for admission.


Required GPA for graduation



Program Learning Outcomes


Master a high level of proficiency in English commensurate with the role of an instructional model and develop an awareness of the process of formal language learning by learning a second language through two years of second language instruction in a high school setting or one year of second language instruction in a postsecondary setting, or the equivalent.


Identify, select, design, and prepare a variety of methods, techniques, and program models suitable for second language instruction with diverse learners including adapting existing materials to meet the needs of the students with limited English proficiency.


Identify, select, design, and prepare various content- based methodologies and integrate language acquisition and use of language functions across learning experiences to facilitate full inclusion of students with limited English proficiency in the school setting.


Plan, prepare and communicate successfully with students, parents, colleagues, and community members.


Identify, select, design, and prepare communicative instruction in the second language context with a focus on the importance of developing communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing across the curriculum.


Identify, select, design, prepare and use formal and informal second language assessment techniques to determine appropriate placement and to evaluate the progress of students with limited English proficiency in order to implement criteria for determining the readiness of students to enter and exit limited English proficiency programs.


Identify, describe, analyze, and explain or classify the contributions of general and applied linguistics to second language education.


Identify and utilize the fundamentals of the first and second language acquisition processes and their similarities and differences. Identify and utilize the historical, social, and political aspects of language and cultural patterns in the United States influence second language instruction.


Observe, analyze, evaluate and reflect on teaching of English as a second language that integrates understanding of English as a second language with the teacher's understanding of pedagogy, students, learning, classroom management, and professional development.

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