The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) minor is designed for teachers K-12 looking to teach English to speakers of other languages in an American school.
Coursework throughout the minor will help you to develop an understanding of the cultural and social needs of students who speak other languages amid an English-speaking majority. You'll learn to recognize the language difficulties of non-native speakers and effectively teach sounds, basic structures and vocabulary of English. Field experience will provide you with an opportunity to modify course materials, instructional strategies and assessments so that English language learning students can engage in course content, while simultaneously developing their new language.
The teaching of English to speakers of other languages minor is only for students in the department of education for equity and justice. The minor must be combined with a K-12 teaching major. Students should also have at least one year of language classes (other than English) prior to pursuing the minor.
Completion of the program leads to licensure in TESOL in K-12 classrooms when combined with a major in a language other than English, a major in music education or a major in physical education.
Real-world preparation. Professional development is a key focus of the minor. Prior to graduation, you will be required to complete a 40-hour minimum field experience where you'll take what you've learned and put it into practice. Working in a classroom setting, you'll have the opportunity to build your leadership and communication skills, identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners.
Mentoring from diverse, supportive faculty. While fulfilling the minor, you'll learn from supportive faculty members from a variety of departments and backgrounds. Our professors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise and will use it to inspire and motivate you. Here, you won't just be a number. Faculty will know you by name and go out of their way to help you become the best teacher you can be.
As a future teacher, it's vital for me to be well-rounded in the many cultures and ethnicities I will be teaching so I can better serve them. By knowing different cultures and ethnicities, I'm able to widen my perception of the world I'm in and stand up for them when a stereotype or prejudice arises against them.
What classes do teaching of English to speakers of other languages minors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Language in culture and society
- Methods of teaching content-based ESL
- Communication development
- The theory and application of phonetics
Learn more about the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) minor (K-12) in the UWEC catalog.
Understanding TESOL as it relates to TEFL
What is the difference between Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)?
Professionals in the field use the distinction between second language environments, where English is spoken in the community outside of the classroom, and foreign language environments, where the students' native language is spoken outside of the classroom. If you want to teach in the U.S. (a second language environment) with a state of Wisconsin license, you would pursue the TESOL minor. If you want to teach overseas, you would pursue your TEFL certificate.
Can I obtain the TESOL minor for an in-state license and complete the TEFL certificate so I can teach internationally?
Yes, you may add the TEFL certificate to your TESOL minor with very little additional course work.
Find more information about the TEFL certificate
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