Department of English at Illinois State University

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

For students interested in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL), we offer a set of courses which can be used as a concentration in TESOL. The courses offer students an exposure to the fundamental topics of language description, second language acquisition, and cultural-pragmatic or sociolinguistic aspects of language contact and second language acquisition as a preparation for effective EFL/ESL teaching.

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Undergraduate Options

The English Department offers two options for undergraduates pursuing work in TESOL: the TESOL minor and the Teaching Certificate in TESOL.

Minor in TESOL

The minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) requires 18 hours of coursework. Students enrolling in this program must have at least 2 years of a foreign language or equivalent at the college level in the case of a native speaker of English, or demonstrated proficiency in English at a level commensurate with the student’s role as a language model and instructor in the case of a non-native speaker of English. Students who wish to enroll in this minor should first meet with the undergraduate English Department advisor.

Learn more about the requirements for a minor in TESOL.

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Students who are or who have completed the Teacher Education Certification requirements for the state of Illinois are eligible to learn a certificate in TESOL. The Certificate offers pre-service or in-service teachers a way to improve and enlarge their skill set.

Learn more about the requirements for the Approval Certificate in TESOL.

More Information

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact one of the English Department's undergraduate advisors.

Graduate Options

Graduate students in the English Department who wish to study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) may choose either the Master's degree with a concentration in TESOL or the Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

Master's in English (emphasis in TESOL)

Students studying for their Master's in English can choose to emphasize in TESOL. The emphasis in TESOL will form a major part of the student's course work, but he/she will also work in other areas of English Studies.

Learn more about the requirements for the Master's in English (emphasis in TESOL).

Graduate Certificate in TESOL

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL is open to any graduate student attending ISU. The certificate offers the opportunity for graduate students to prepare for teaching in diverse and multilingual classrooms.

Learn more about the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

More Information

For more Information about the graduate programs in TESOL, please contact the ISU English Department Graduate Office at (309) 438-3651. (Ask for Dr. Susan Burt, Dr. Hyun-Sook Kang, or Dr. Aaron Smith.)