TESOL Course Descriptions

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All of our TESOL certificate courses are offered in the evenings or on weekends. 

Basic Methodology

LING 268 Introduction to TESOL (3 sem. hrs.)

This introductory course will investigate the English language itself (what we teach), the various ELT methodologies and classroom techniques (how we teach), and the participants in the teaching/learning process (the who of ELT). LING 268 is a foundational course for further studies in the TESOL certificate program. No prerequisites. 

Core Cross-Cultural Communications

LING 210 Introduction to Language in Social Context (2 sem. hrs.)

This course focuses on the interaction between language and the social context within which it is used. Topics include: regional and social dialects; multilingualism; language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity; linguistic politeness; the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages; and the impact of modern technology. Applications to gender and education are explored in depth.

COMM 302 Cross-Cultural Communications (3 sem. hrs.)

The nature of cross-cultural interaction, drawing attention both to the unexpected variations in other cultures as well as to the presuppositions from one’s own culture that inhibit cross-cultural communication. The need to take into account the dynamic of constant cultural change will also be emphasized. No prerequisites.

Core Language/Linguistics

LING 305 The Grammar of English for TESOL (3 sem. hrs.)

LING 305 examines the structure, function, and usage of English grammar within the context of language teaching. Students become familiar with the areas of grammar that are problematic for language learners, and experiment with different ways to present grammar in the classroom.  LING 305 is a foundational course for further studies in the TESOL certificate program. Prerequisite or co-requisite LING 268, or instructor's consent. 

NEW  LING 306 The Sound System of English (3 sem. hrs.)

 Students explore the sounds of English, transcribing them with phonetic symbols, and discover how these sounds function within English to encode meaning.  These findings are then applied to assist language learners with their pronunciation.  Prerequisite or co-requisite LING 268, or instructor's consent.  

* Alternative options: See current academic calendar

Advanced Methodology

LING 410 Teaching Listening & Speaking in TESOL (3 sem. hrs.)

Students acquire the practical knowledge and skills necessary to effectively teach listening and speaking to English language learners.  It provides an orientation to the theoretical perspectives of teaching listening and speaking, to a variety of classroom strategies and assessment methods, and to printed and online resources. Pre: 10 s.h. in TESOL Certificate (including LING 268, 305, & 301). Co: LING 306 or LING 310 & LING 330. 

LING 420 Teaching Reading & Writing in TESOL (3 sem. hrs.)

Students acquire the practical knowledge and skills to effectively teach reading and writing to English language learners.  The course provides an orientation to the theoretical perspectives of teaching reading and writing, to a variety of classroom strategies and assessment methods, and to printed and online resources. Pre:  10 s.h.in TESOL Certificate (including LING 268, 305 & 301).

Core Practica

NEW  LING 301 TESOL Volunteer Practicum (1 sem. hr.)

This semester of classroom experience provides opportunities for students to link their TESL courses to school settings.  Students volunteer in an ESL classroom in order to become more confident in the classroom, interacting with students and teachers, and carrying out activities that prepare them for the 400-level practicum. Students will receive a pass or fail grade. Co: LING 268, 305 or 306

LING 401 TESOL Teaching Practicum (1 sem. hr.)

In this final course in the TESOL certificate, students spend a minimum of 25 hours in an approved ESL/EFL program.  Students utilize knowledge and skills learned in TESOL courses, learn to reflect on their classroom practices, and begin to articulate how their faith influences their classroom presence. Pre: 20 s.h. in TESOL Certificate (including LING 301 & LING 410 or LING 420)

Weekend Seminar Electives

NEW  LING 304 Tutoring English Language Learners (2 sem. hr.)

This course highlights the unique aspects of tutoring English language learners.  Students use needs assessments to design individualized programs and lessons, as well as explore the business side of tutoring.  Co:  LING 268 or instructor’s consent.

LING 312 Testing in TESOL (1 sem. hr.)

Students will be introduced to various methods of testing in TESOL for all four skill areas.  Based on this knowledge, students will create a variety of test materials for English language learners. Co:  LING 268 or instructor’s consent.

LING 313 Teaching English Phonology and Intonation (Accent Reduction) (1 sem. hr.)

An introduction to the principles of phonology (the sound systems of languages), especially contrast, complementation, and free variation, and the principles of orthography (alphabet) design. Knowledge of these principles enables an ESL teacher to recognize why students may have difficulty with particular English sounds and to teach accent reduction. English intonation patterns. Prerequisite: LING 268, and LING 310 or LING 306.

LING 314 Teaching Beginners English As a Second Language (1 sem. hr.)

Practical demonstrations of various methods for teaching beginning students with an emphasis on communicative theory and activities. Resource materials appropriate for classroom activities. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LING 268 or approval.

LING 315 Computer Assisted Instruction in ESL (1 sem. hr.)

Various theories underlying computer assisted ESL instruction. ESL software packages. Evaluation of the appropriateness of computer assisted learning software to various age groups, language abilities, and levels of English ability. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LING 268 or approval.

LING 316 Classroom Management in TESOL (1 sem. hr.)

Students will explore principles of classroom management, especially as they apply to TESOL.  They will become familiar with current sources of information on classroom management, and begin to develop a personal classroom management system that is appropriate to the varied TESOL audiences. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LING 268 or approval.

LING 317 Materials Creation & Evaluation in TESOL (1 sem. hr.)

This course highlights the foundational principles of materials design and evaluation in English language teaching. Students will evaluate published and teacher-made materials and apply the principles to their own created materials in a practical workshop setting.  Prerequisite or co-requisite: LING 268 or approval.

LING 318 Using Drama in TESOL (1 sem. hr.)

This hands-on course provides an introduction to using drama techniques in TESOL.  Students will critically examine and reflect on how drama activities can be used to contribute to the TESOL classroom.  Prerequisite or co-requisite: LING 268 or approval.

LING 319 Issues in TESOL and Missions (1 sem. hr.)

This course examines the role English language teaching has played within the modern foreign missions movement. Criticisms of this approach will be examined, issues clarified, and assumptions articulated, and principles of a biblical, ethical approach will be suggested. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LING 268 or approval.


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