Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Minor

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Students will know what the field of linguistics is and understand how language works.

Objective 1.1: Identify the main areas of linguistic analysis by providing relevant examples and explaining how linguistic analysis is used to describe how language works. 

Goal 2: Students will know how to perform linguistic research.

Objective 2.1: Conduct original linguistic research according to standards within the field.

Goal 3: Students will discuss linguistic topics and apply what they learn to real-life settings.

Objective 3.1: Communicate effectively in oral presentations and discussions on linguistic-related topics.

Objective 3.2: Analyze linguistic issues or problems (qualitatively or quantitatively) in real-life settings and formulate creative responses.

Goal 4: Students will be aware of and appreciate language differences that exist among speakers of the same or different languages in light of their own language background.

Objective 4.1: Identify particular aspects of linguistic beauty and creativity in their various forms (i.e., sounds, instances of lexical variation, acquisition stages, morphological irregularities, etc.).

Objective 4.2: Identify their own language beliefs and values as well as those of others and respectfully discuss linguistic differences that characterize speakers from various linguistic backgrounds.

The Linguistics Program, housed within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, offers two majors and two minors.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a six-course minor that provides essential training for the challenging task of teaching the English language at home or abroad in private language schools, community centers or bilingual programs, and in other contexts that do not require state certification. A minor in TESOL incorporates important pedagogical training that prepares students to teach English with both cultural and linguistic sensitivity. This minor opens doors to opportunities to travel, live, and work around the globe. Students who are interested in TESOL might also be interested in studying linguistics, including areas such as dialectology and forensic linguistics.  While completion of a TESOL minor does not certify students to teach English as a second or foreign language, it does offer undergraduate students numerous professional and volunteer opportunities. TESOL can be combined with any number of majors or minors and enhances students' applications for fellowships such as the Fulbright. The coursework also provides general background for related graduate study and equips students to serve as English language teachers in the United States and in other countries.

Visit the TESOL website (http://www.sju.edu/majors-programs/undergraduate/minors/teaching-english-speakers-other-languages-tesol) for more information. Students who minor in TESOL may also want to consider adding a second minor in Linguistics. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Ewald (jewald@sju.edu) and visit the Linguistics Program website (http://www.sju.edu/int/academics/cas/linguistics/index.html)

A TESOL minor consists of 6 courses (18 credits) including the following:

LIN 201English Grammar3
LIN 301Teaching Lang at Home/Abroad3
LIN 490TESOL Internship 13
Select three of the following:9
Introduction to Linguistics
First Year Sem in Linguistics
Lang. Acquisition & Learning
Communication in Soc Contexts
Bilingualism & Lang Diversity
Literacy, Language and Culture

As an increasingly interdisciplinary field, Linguistics is closely related to many other academic fields including Autism Studies, Classical and Modern Languages, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and TESOL.  Students of Linguistics often pursue careers as clinical psychologists, educators, information technology specialists, lawyers, linguists, marketing and advertising consultants, social workers, speech pathologists, speech therapists, teachers, translators and interpreters. For that reason, several courses in other SJU programs count toward a major or minor in Linguistics while fulfilling requirements in their respective programs:

EDU 246Literacy, Language and Culture3
ENG 381History of the Eng Language3
PHL 220Logic3
PHL 240Symbolic Logic3
PHL 474Language and Thought3
PHL 475Language and Meaning3
SOC 260Language and the Law3
SOC 317Sociolinguistics3
SPA 342Advanced Spanish Grammar3
SPA 380Intro to Spanish Linguistics3
SPA 460A Ling Approach to Oral Com3
SPA 461Methods for Teaching Spanish3
SPA 466Spanish Dialectology3
SPA 467Lang Contact & Pol in U.S.3
SPA 468Spanish Phonetics & Phonology3
SPA 480Topics in Spanish Linguistics3
FRE/GRM/ITA 470Topics in French3