The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) minor is designed for teachers 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 College of Education and Human Sciences: Education Studies. The minor must be combined with a 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 either Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence classrooms, Early Adolescence through Adolescence classrooms, or Early Childhood through Adolescence classrooms when combined with a major in a foreign language at the EC-A level.
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.
- Language in Culture and Society
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Methods of Teaching Content-Based ESL
- Phonetics: Theory and Application
- Introductory English Linguistics
- Second Language Acquisition Theory
- Topics in the Structure of English
- Topics in Language in Society
- Normal Communication Development
- Special Topics in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Learn more about the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (MC-EA) minor in the UWEC catalog.
Learn more about the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (EA-A) minor in the UWEC catalog.
Learn more about the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (EC-A) minor in the UWEC catalog.
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