TESOL Minor

TESOL Science Lab

The TESOL minor is a set of courses related to teaching English to speakers of other languages. This minor primarily is for students who are interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages, but it is also appropriate for students who are going into social work or other professions that require regular interaction with nonnative English speakers. It also benefits students who want to later pursue ESL certification or an M.A. in TESOL at UNH or another institution.

Furthermore, the TESOL Minor appeals to students who are interested in teaching ESOL in non-K-12 settings, either in the US or abroad.  In the U.S. this includes teaching at the post-secondary level, e.g. community colleges, academic enrichment centers at Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and at adult learning centers. For students interested in teaching abroad, the TESOL Minor provides a competitive edge over other BS/BA candidates, including prestigious opportunities such as the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program.  The Minor is also attractive to students who are interested in using the credential to pursue overseas opportunities (e.g., Fulbright, Peace Corps, World Teach), and, in addition, opens up new international job-seeking possibilities.

To earn the the TESOL Minor at UNH Manchester, students must complete 20 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in these courses overall and with no individual grade lower than a C-. No more than 8 transfer credits will be accepted.

  • EDUC 712 - Teaching Multilingual Learners (4 credits)
  • ENGL 716 - Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in ESL (4 credits)
  • ENGL 791 - English Grammar (4 credits)
  • Two electives (8 credits) from the following:
    • EDUC 500 - Exploring Teaching (with an ESOL Placement)
    • EDUC 703A - Sociolinguistics*
    • EDUC 797 - Special Topics related to TESOL.  Recent examples include: Teaching Grammar across the Content Areas; Language and Culture in Schools and Schooling; Immigrant Experience in Film and Literature

* Since 1998, EDUC 712 and 703A have been recognized by the Durham English Department as the equivalents of ENGL 715: TESOL Theory and Methods and ENGL 719: Sociolinguistic Survey, respectively.

For more information, contact Judy Sharkey, associate professor of education, at 603-641-4121 or Susanne Paterson, Literary Arts & Studies program coordinator, at 603-641-4115.

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