Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language

Catalog Year: 2022-2023


This minor helps prepare undergraduate students to teach non-native speakers of English in the United States or abroad. This course of study combines linguistic theory, second language acquisition theory, and ESL teaching methodology.

The minor may be pursued concurrently with any undergraduate major. English majors concentrating in linguistics can apply up to nine credits in LING used for the major to the TESL minor.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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Core Courses

LING 306 General Linguistics (Mason Core) 3
LING 307 English Grammar 3
LING 521 Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 1 3
LING 523 English Pronunciation and Pedagogy 1 3
LING 582 Second Language Acquisition 1 3
Total Credits 15


Select one elective course from the following: 1 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Mason Core)
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Semantics and Pragmatics
Syntax I
Generative Phonology
Independent Study
Practicum in ESL 2
Total Credits 3