Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor

Studying TESOL will equip you with the essential skills to teach English to non-native English speakers. In TESOL courses, you learn about the fundamental aspects of linguistics and language education. You will also get practical experience in classroom management and lesson planning.

Courses focus on understanding the components of language and the relationship between language and cultural values and practices. You will learn how to teach English by studying language acquisition theories and teaching methodologies. In the capstone practicum, you'll have the opportunity to get hands-on teaching experience.

The Minor in TESOL has particular value for students:

  • Wishing to teach English to speakers of other languages within the U.S. or abroad
  • Pursuing graduate work in education, applied linguistics, or theoretical linguistics
  • Planning to apply for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program, Peace Corps, or Teach for America after graduation
  • Pursuing a career in academic advising or administration at an educational institution  
  • Wishing to develop English-language materials
  • Aspiring to have careers in governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations in international settings

It is not necessary to declare the minor to take TESOL courses.

Did you know?

1.5 billion people around the world are currently learning English. As English continues to expand as a medium for global communication, the demand for qualified English instructors increases.

"The TESOL minor has allowed me to reflect on my own language learning and use my personal experiences to help others. Through the courses I have taken, I learned not only how to teach grammar and how to structure a lesson, but also how to best support students in their personal goals, particularly in their desire for cultural understanding and broader communication, which are essential parts of learning a new language.

I was granted the opportunity to teach English in Germany after graduating through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. My experience with TESOL made me a better candidate for this fellowship and also prepared me for what being an English teaching assistant would entail. Being a part of the TESOL minor allowed me to pursue opportunities I would have otherwise felt incapable of doing.”
-Hye Sim Chung, Class of 2019

Learn more about TESOL student experiences.


  • Evidence of second language study equal to 4 semesters of a second language (the same language) through courses and/or placement tests
  • 18 credit hours 

Required/Core TESOL Courses (15 credits)

  • CSLC 20301: Introduction to Linguistics (Fall)
  • CSLC 30102: Methods in Second Language Teaching (Fall)
  • CSLC 20302: Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Spring of odd years)
  • CSLC 20303: Pedagogical English Grammar (Spring)
  • CSLC 30101: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (Spring of even years)

Practicum (3 credits)

  • CSLC 40000: TESOL Practicum (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

Declaring the Minor

The CSLC recommends that you declare the minor before your junior year. Contact Alessia Blad-Miller, Director of the CSLC, if you would like to declare.

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Olivia Wright, TESOL graduate

Meet the Newest TESOL Minor

Congratulations to Olivia Wright on the completion of her TESOL minor! Olivia taught the Spoken English Skills class as part of her TESOL Practicum this fall, and the CSLC is proud of her work. 

Upon finishing the class, Olivia said:
"I am so happy to have done this minor! It has been one of the best parts of Notre Dame, and I hope to be able to showcase it as an alumna. Truly, I get so excited when I think of being a teacher one day."