Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


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

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Foundation and Core Courses

Foundation Course
Select one course from the following: 3
Linguistic Variation
Introduction to Linguistic Analysis (Mason Core)
Core Courses
LING 321 Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 3
LING 322 English Grammar and Pedagogy 3
LING 323 English Pronunciation and Pedagogy 3
LING 342 Second Language Acquisition 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
Syntax A
Phonology A
Semantics and Pragmatics
Independent Study
Total Credits 3

Other relevant courses may be applied to the minor with the prior written approval of the director. 


Students must have approval from the linguistics director to register for 500-level courses.