Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

A minor in TESL offers students the opportunity to explore teaching English as a second language (ESL) to immigrants and refugees as a future career as well as prepares them to teach English as an international language overseas.  In addition to four required language studies courses in the English department, including a course on Teaching ESL, students complete a semester-long (or equivalent) teaching practicum at an adult learning center in the Twin Cities or overseas at one of several sites.  The minor takes a critical perspective on language and English language teaching and learning and embraces linguistic variation and diversity.

This minor is offered in the College for Women only.


ENGL 3450Introduction to Linguistics4
or ENGL 2480 History and Structure of English
ENGL 2350Rhetorical Grammar4
or ENGL 2480 History and Structure of English
ENGL 2450WLanguage in Society 14
or ENGL 3400W Language as Power
ENGL 3490Topics in Language Studies (Teaching English as a Second Language)4
ENGL 4602Internship2-4
or ENGL 4604 Internship
Total Credits18-20

 ENGL 2450W is a more appropriate course in language diversity for students who plan to teach in the U.S. and ENGL 3400W for those who plan to teach overseas. Other topics courses in language studies, such as Endangered Languages and World Englishes, would also fulfill the requirement for a course focused on linguistic diversity.