TESOL (Minor)

TESOL (Minor)

TESOL Minor

The TESOL minor is valuable to those interested in teaching or working with multilingual populations, or for teaching ESOL either in the U.S. or abroad

What is TESOL?

The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)minor is designed to prepare students interested in teaching and/or working with multilingual learners. You’ll be introduced to topics in linguistics, grammar, theory and methods of language teaching, as well as curriculum development. You’ll also develop a greater awareness of world languages and cultures. The minor is primarily for students pursuing careers in teaching but is also appropriate for students interested in a range of professions that require regular interaction with a multilingual population, such as social work, workforce development, public health and management.

Why study TESOL at UNH Manchester?

The hands-on TESOL minor at UNH Manchester is valuable to those interested in teaching or working with multilingual populations, or for teaching ESOL either in the U.S. or abroad. As the cultural and linguistic diversity in K-12 schools continues to increase, the TESOL minor is an excellent addition to any student interested in public school teaching. For students interested in teaching abroad, the TESOL minor provides a competitive edge through hands-on initiatives 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 like the Peace Corps and World Teach.

Potential career areas

  • Adult education
  • English language programs
  • Interpreting
  • Peace Corps
  • Private language tutoring
  • Social work
  • Teach for America

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor is set of courses designed to prepare interested students in teaching and/or working with multilingual learners The minor is primarily for students pursuing careers in teaching but is also appropriate for students interested in a range of professions that require regular interaction with a multilingual population (e.g., social work, work force development, public health, and management). It is also benefits students who want to later pursue K-12 ESOL certification or a graduate degree in education or linguistics at UNH or another institution. As the cultural and linguistic diversity in K-12 schools continues to increase, the TESOL Minor is an excellent addition to any student interested in public school teaching.

Furthermore, the TESOL Minor appeals to students who are interested in teaching English to bi-/ multilingual learners 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., Peace Corps, World Teach), and, in addition, opens up new international job-seeking possibilities.

 
 

For the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (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.

Required courses
EDUC 712Teaching Multilingual Learners 14
ENGL 716Curriculum, Materials and Assessment in English as a Second Language4
ENGL 791English Grammar4
Select two of the following 28
EDUC 500
Exploring Teaching (with an ESOL placement)
EDUC 797
Special Topics in Education (related to TESOL) 3
ENGL 719
Sociolinguistics Survey
Total Credits20

For more information, contact Judy Sharkey, Professor of Education or Susanne Paterson, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator.

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