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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor

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The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) minor includes studies in linguistics, education, teaching English as a second language, and courses focusing on other cultures. Students who choose this minor often major in business, education, nursing, reconciliation studies, or biblical and theological studies.

Why should I study TESOL?

English is an important tool in a global economy and interconnected world. With a TESOL minor, you’ll be prepared to equip others to advance their careers and interact with people from English-speaking cultures. A TESOL minor is also an excellent addition to any education license, making candidates highly sought after by schools hiring for jobs in elementary, middle, and high school positions.

What skills will I develop?

With a TESOL minor, you'll be prepared to:

  • Understand second language acquisition and teaching, particularly English
  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills
  • Teach group activities
  • Work with learners of multiple ages
  • Practice cultural awareness
  • Communicate across language barriers
  • Think on your feet
  • Cultivate resourcefulness and creativity
  • Look at your own language and culture from someone else’s perspective


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