Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The TESOL minor program prepares graduates to teach English to students in various educational settings, whether in the United States or overseas. It is available to any full-time student in a traditional, day-school major at Evangel, but state certification to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) in the public schools is available only to Education majors.
The TESOL program at Evangel offers three possible tracks. At the undergraduate level, students may take courses to complete a TESOL minor, which consists of 21 credit hours, or they may complete a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate, which consists of 14 credit hours. Graduate students may also complete TESOL courses as part of their program of study, choosing to make TESOL an emphasis in their graduate degree program.
The TEFL Certificate is advantageous for non-Education majors who want to teach English overseas in settings not requiring full-scale TESOL training.
The goal of the program is to give future TESOL teachers the skills and knowledge needed to teach ESL or EFL students effectively in a variety of educational settings. Students completing the program will gain a basic understanding of language acquisition, linguistic concepts, and ESL/EFL teaching methods, with an emphasis on how theory and practice combine in the ESL or EFL classroom.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
|Language and Culture||Focuses on the interrelationships of language and culture, aspects of linguistic and cultural diversity, cross-cultural communications, and cultural issues in the classroom. Emphasizes techniques for fostering cooperative learning, resolving conflicts, and meeting student needs in multicultural and language classrooms.|
|Second Language Acquisition||Theories and models of second-language acquisition. Psychological, political, and socio-cultural factors' contribution to second-language acquisition, processes involved in acquiring a second language, and implications of recent findings.|
|History and Structure of the English Language||Introduction to modern linguistic analysis and a brief history of the English language.|
|TESOL Curriculum, Materials and Assessment||Review and analysis of curriculum, materials, and assessment tools currently used in professional teaching of English to speakers of other languages; research-based discussion of up-to-date practices in course design that most effectively reach second-language students.|
|ESL Methods||Provides a knowledge of materials and methods for teaching English to speakers of other languages.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
NOTE: A minor is a secondary field of interest that is meant to complement your academic major. While your major is chosen for your intended career choice, your minor may be something you pursue for your personal interest or to augment your major.
Students completing the TESOL minor as part of their Education degree will be certified to teach ESL in U.S. public schools. They will also be legitimately competitive for many ESL jobs overseas.
Students not completing State Certification to teach in U.S. public schools in another subject area would be trained to teach in the following possible scenarios:
- Overseas Missionary Associate appointment to teach English
- Overseas private language schools
- Overseas church-based schools
- Overseas public schools (possibly, depending upon governmental regulations)
- United States ESL programs outside of the public schools: refugee and immigrant ESL programs, Workplace ESL programs, community and other non-profit ESL programs
No special requirements for this program.
General Undergraduate Requirements
The following are general requirements for all students beginning an undergraduate program at Evangel. For more information visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.
|Faith||As a boldly Christian university, all of our students have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.|
|Diploma||Graduation from high school, or having the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Education Development (GED) examination.|
|Core Subjects||A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in core college prep classes (English, math, social sciences and science with a lab)|
|Grade Average||A "C" average. However, in some cases, a student with a weak academic record may be considered. To remain at Evangel, however, the student must meet scholastic requirements.|
|Standardized Tests||>Entering freshmen should take the ACT or SAT test. The codes for Evangel are as follows: SAT: 6198. ACT: 2296.|
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