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TESOL Minor

Would you like to teach English abroad?

Would you like to explore TESOL as a career?

Are you interested in later pursuing an M.A. in TESOL?

If any of these apply to you, you may want to consider a minor in TESOL.

What is it?

The TESOL minor consists of 6 courses:

  • LING/ANTH 170: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 325: Modern English Grammar
  • LING 329: Introduction to Language Acquisition
  • LING 420: Phonology
  • LING 460: TESOL Composition
  • LING 486: Second Language Teaching Methods

After taking these courses, you will have a thorough background in English sound structure and grammar. You will be familiar with research on how people learn a second language. You will also be trained in specific methods of teaching English, including how to teach writing.

Who can do this minor?

The minor is open to students graduating Fall 2015 or later, who are not majoring in Linguistics. (The university does not allow students to major and minor in the same department.)

What can I do with this minor?

The minor will help you obtain and succeed at jobs teaching English abroad, in countries such as Japan, China, and South Korea.

If you are thinking of later earning a Graduate Certificate in TESOL, or an M.A. in TESOL, the minor will cover some of the prerequisite coursework.

The minor is NOT a credential for teaching English in public schools.

How can I add this minor?

The minor will debut in the 2015-2016 Catalog, which will come out in late spring 2015. You can’t officially add the minor until it appears in the Catalog, but you can begin taking the classes earlier and they will count.

If you plan to add the TESOL minor, please contact the undergraduate advisor, Dr. Hall (nancy.hall@csulb.edu).