Share Your Love of Language
Teaching English to others who primarily speak another language is rewarding and in high demand in today's academic, private and corporate environments. Our minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) develops your practical and theoretical skills for English instruction. This minor is not an ESL endorsement for K-12 teachers. Earning the TESOL minor enhances your major course of study and prepares you for pursuing linguistics at the graduate level.
If you are a current undergraduate student pursuing any major at A&M-Commerce, you can easily add this minor to your course of study.
This minor consists of 18 credit hours that prepare you for teaching students whose primary language is not English.
Required courses include:
- ENG 301 Modern Grammar
- ENG 331 Introduction to Linguistics
- ENG 358 Language and Society
- ENG 457 Teaching English as a Second Language
- ENG 462 Language Acquisition and Processing
Required support courses include:
- 3 credit hours of a foreign language
You will analyze the sentence-level grammar of English employing contemporary as well as more traditional methodologies. You will focus on the relationship between the structure of language and that of everyday experience and develop an appreciation of change and variation. Prerequisites: ENG 1302.
You will study human social behavior and sociocultural interaction as you consider language acquisition, use, and structure. You will examine topics such as sociolinguistic relativity, communicative competence, multilingualism, social and regional dialects, speech-act types, language styles, gender-related issues, and sociolinguistic field methodology. Prerequisites: ENG 1302.
You will investigate the linguistic, psychological, and sociocultural foundations for teaching English to speakers of other languages. You will explore historical and current trends in the methods and materials of ESL, of language testing, and of language-program evaluation. Prerequisites: ENG 1302.