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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Non-Licensure TESOL Minor

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Coordinator: Dr. Katya Koubek
Phone: (540) 568-6760

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is designed to enable students to complete the TESOL non-licensure minor or the TESOL PK-12 licensure. Both programs prepare students to work effectively in promoting English language acquisition of children and adults who are not native English speakers. These programs also promote development of skills in cross-cultural competence and draw heavily upon theories of linguistics, research on social and cultural variables that influence second language acquisition, and the knowledge required to facilitate second language learning. 

Candidates currently enrolled in initial teaching licensure programs may be able to complete the TESOL requirements in conjunction with completing their other preparation program. With careful planning, dual licensure is possible. Candidates interested in dual licensure should consult with the TESOL coordinator and the other program area adviser for more information.

Non-Licensure TESOL Minor

The non-licensure minor program in TESOL is designed for students in various fields, who wish to acquire professional knowledge related to teaching English to speakers of other languages, but who do not want to pursue Virginia teaching licensure. Students will acquire skills in cross-cultural competence, understand and implement more equitable and effective ways of working with English learners (ELs), and become familiar with the processes of first and second language acquisition. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of effective teaching practices to assist and assess ELs. The TESOL non-licensure minor requires a minimum of 19-20 credit hours; 16 credits are required core courses and 3-4 credits are electives selected in consultation with a program adviser.

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