Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor & Certificate

Who is the TESOL Minor or TESOL Certificate for? globe made of countries flags

Are you interested in other cultures?  Would you like to teach? Are you interested in languages?  Are you interested in living overseas? Or, does the idea of working with new arrivals to the United States sound exciting?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should consider minoring in TESOL or completing the TESOL certificate.  You don’t need to already know a language other than English, or to be good at learning languages, to minor in TESOL or to complete the TESOL certificate.

What’s TESOL?

TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

At Plymouth there are two ways for undergraduates to study TESOL, the TESOL Minor or the TESOL Certificate.

What’s the difference between the TESOL Minor and the TESOL Certificate?

The TESOL Minor is 6 classes (19 credits) plus two semesters of a foreign language. To minor in TESOL you must be completing a teacher certification in your major. Students who minor in TESOL will get the New Hampshire Department of Education TESOL K-12 teaching license/endorsement.
TESOL Minor Requirements
TESOL Minor Course Descriptions.

The TESOL Certificate is 5 classes (16 credits). For the certificate you do not need to complete two semesters of a foreign language. The certificate in TESOL is open to any undergraduate major, and certificate credits may be applied to any undergraduate degree program. The TESOL Certificate does not lead to the New Hampshire Department of Education TESOL K-12 teaching license/endorsement.
TESOL Certificate Requirements and Course Descriptions

What are the classes like?

Both the TESOL Minor and the TESOL Certificate prepare students to teach English language learners (ELLs) of different ages and abilities. All classes are practical and hands-on. Students learn how to effectively communicate with and teach multicultural, multilingual  learners. Specific classes include the theories of second language acquisition, the use of technology in the language classroom, and assessment and literacy for ELLs.

Why study TESOL?

There is a growing need for teachers and para-educators trained in working with students who don’t speak English. The TESOL Certificate and the TESOL Minor train prospective teachers to meet this growing demand for ELL teaching positions in the United States and overseas. All classes are taught by professors who are trained, licensed and experienced English language  teachers themselves.

General Education and the TESOL Minor and TESOL Certificate:

The TESOL minor includes three General Education courses, LLDI 2950 Language Acquisition (Scientific Inquiry Direction), LL 3300 Foundations of Multilingual Multicultural Studies (Diversity Connection), and LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (Quantitative Reasoning, for some majors).

The TESOL certificate includes two General Education courses, LLDI 2950 Language Acquisition (Scientific Inquiry Direction), and LL 3300 Foundations of Multilingual Multicultural Studies (Diversity Connection).

Visit the Division of Online and Continuing Studies (DOCS) TESOL Certificate page for more information.

Visit the College of Graduate Studies M.Ed. in TESOL page.

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Other questions about TESOL at Plymouth?

Please contact:

James Whiting, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
Chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics
jcwhiting@plymouth.edu
(603) 535-2370

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