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 5 courses (15 units):

Take both of the following courses (6 units):

  • LING 325 – Modern English Grammar (3 units)
  • LING 486 – Second Language Teaching Methods (3 units)

Take one of the following courses (3 units):

  • LING 329 – Introduction to Language Acquisition (3 units)
  • LING 339 – Linguistics for Crosscultural Academic Development [in Secondary School Settings] (3 units)

Take two of the following courses (6 units):

  • LING 170 – Introduction to Linguistics (3 units)
    (ANTH 170 may also be taken instead of LING 170)
  • LING 420 – Phonology (3 units)
  • LING 421 – Syntax (3 units)
  • LING 423 – Semantics (3 units)
  • LING 425 – Education Across Cultures (3 units)
  • LING 438 – Psycholinguistics (3 units)
  • LING 460 – Teaching Second Language Composition (3 units)
  • LING 477 – Language Socialization (3 units)

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 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?

Please contact the undergraduate advisor, Dr. Nancy Hall (nancy.hall@csulb.edu).