New Minor in TESOL

Author: Joachim Castellano

On November 11, 2015, the University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters approved a Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

The TESOL Minor is designed to instruct Notre Dame students in the essential aspects of linguistics and language education while giving them practical experience in classroom management, tutoring, and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Courses in TESOL focus on understanding the components of language— sounds, words, syntax, and grammar—and the interrelationship between language and cultural attitudes, values, and practices.

As English continues to expand as a medium for global communication, the demand for qualified English language instructors increases.

The Minor in TESOL would have particular value to

  • students wishing to teach English as a second or other language;

  • prospective Peace Corps Volunteers, Teach for America applicants, and

    Fulbright English Teaching Assistants;

  • individuals searching for English-language positions while living abroad

    or studying another language outside the United States;

  • and job seekers wanting to enhance their résumés.

    A Minor in TESOL is excellent preparation for professions in teaching ESL/EFL (English as a Second/Foreign Language)—both within the United States and in other countries—as well as careers with government agencies and non-profit organizations in an international setting.

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