The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) 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 and lesson planning. 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. Students learn how to teach English by studying language acquisition theories and teaching methodologies as well as through authentic classroom experiences in the capstone practicum course.

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

A TESOL Minor would have particular value for:

  • Students pursuing graduate work in education, applied linguistics, and theorectical linguistics
  • Students wishing to teach English to speakers of other languages
  • Prospective Peace Corps Volunteers, Teach for America applicants, and Fulbright English Teaching Assistants
  • English-language teaching positions while living abroad or studying another language outside the United States

A TESOL Minor 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.


  • 4 Semesters (or the equivalent) of a Second Language
  • 18 Credit Hours in TESOL courses
Required TESOL Courses
  • CSLC 20301: Introduction to Linguistics (Fall)
  • CSLC 20303: Pedagogical English Grammar (Spring)
  • CSLC 20302: Sociolinguistics of Second Language Acquisition (Fall/Spring) 
    or CSLC 20304: Topics in Linguistics (Fall/Spring)
    or CSLC 20306: Language, Literacy/ies, and Pedagogy in 21st Century Schooling and Society (Spring 2018)
  • CSLC 30101: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (Spring)
    Pre-Requisite: CSLC 20301
  • CSLC 30102: Methods in Second Language Teaching (Fall)
    Pre-Requisite: CSLC 20301 and CSLC 30101
  • CSLC 40000: TESOL Practicum (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
    Pre-Requisite: CSLC 20301, 20303, 20302/20304, 30101, and 30102

Course Descriptions

Declaring the Minor

Ideally, students should apply for admission to the minor before their junior year and be in good academic standing. Those interested in declaring a minor in TESOL should schedule an appointment with one of CSLC's staff members.

Students do not have to be enrolled in the minor to take TESOL Courses, and anyone interested in TESOL are encouraged to sign up to the CSLC Information list.

Read about the benefits of the TESOL program from a recent grad here.