TESL (teaching English as a second language)

The TESL minor is designed for non-education majors who plan to teach ESL outside the United States and/or in a church or community-based program in the United States. If you're an education major who plans to teach ESL in a K-12 setting, consult the education department's TESL endorsement requirements.

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Minor requirements

Foreign language 0-9 credits *
ENG 283 - Grammar in the Classroom
Most middle schools and high schools expect their English teachers to teach writing and grammar. What are the goals of teaching grammar? What grammar should young writers know? This course takes a rhetorical approach to the study of grammar and to its use in the teaching of writing. Prerequisite: NWC101/105 and sophomore standing. (2 credits)
ENG 345 - Linguistic Perspectives on English
In this course, we learn the rudiments of language study, trace the history of English, and gain a rigorous appreciation for the power of words. We follow the English language from its origin in a warlike Germanic tribe to its present state as the dominant medium of international communication. We learn the historical reasons for our irregular spelling and enormous lexicon. We sample varieties of English across America and throughout the world. Along the way, we learn to read basic Old and Middle English, challenge common assumptions about the nature of language, and confront the devastation of the world's linguistic ecology. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
TSL 207 - TESL Grammar
Study of English grammar as it applies to the teaching of English as a second language. Designed for active speakers of English who anticipate teaching ESL and wish to learn about those grammar topics of concern to ESL students. (2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
TSL 222 - Practicum in TESL
Designed primarily for students who plan to teach English as a second language but who are not part of the TESL endorsement, this practicum places TESL minor students in an ESL teaching setting, primarily with recent immigrants in Sioux County. Students teach ESL to immigrants, either on a one-to-one basis or with small groups. Prerequisite: 201 proficiency in a foreign language, TSL307 or permission of instructor. (2 credits)
TSL 224 - Applied Linguistics in Language Education
The course is a survey of key issues in socio-and applied linguistic inquiry on case studies of topics such as the nature of language, bilingualism and bilingual education as well as language planning and language policy. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
TSL 225 - Language Development and Acquisition
This course will examine the similarities and differences between the acquisition of first and second languages. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
TSL 307 - Methods in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
Study of the unique problems and opportunities in teaching English to classes made up of individuals from heterogeneous language backgrounds. Discussion of recent research, methodology and grammar concepts unique to ESL. Prerequisite: one year of a foreign language or permission of instructor. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

Total credits required: 20-29


* 201 proficiency in modern foreign languages