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Teaching English as a Second Language Minor

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Dr. Alex Poole, TESL AdvisorThe minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) provides students with the pedagogical skills and cultural knowledge they need to teach in public and private educational settings. It requires nineteen (19) semester hours of core coursework, in addition to six (6) hours of a foreign language. Topics covered include first and second language acquisition theory, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, teaching methods, and assessment. Students also gain teaching experience in a 30-hour practicum taken at the end of the program.

 

 

For more information on the Teaching English as a Second Language minor at WKU or to discuss whether the program is right for you, please contact:

 Dr. Alex Poole
Associate Professor
Teaching English as a Second Language Advisor
alex.poole@wku.edu 


 Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language

The minor in teaching English as a second language (TESL) (reference number 478) will prepare students interested in linguistics and language teaching to pursue teaching opportunities in private corporations or overseas in both corporations and public schools. The TESL minor requires a minimum of 19 credit hours.

Students who complete the TESL minor and also qualify for teacher certification may also qualify for the TESL endorsement.

View the Teaching English as a Second Language Advising Worksheet to see a list of required courses and electives.

View English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog here.


Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!

Check out our Career Opportunities page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!

TESL Faculty:

(Click to learn more about each faculty member)

Dr. Alex Poole

Dr. Elizabeth Winkler

Dr. Alison Youngblood

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