If you enjoy helping speakers of other languages learn to speak and write English, this program is for you. The certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program is not a major, but an 18-hour minor that complements any major available at Grace College.
Graduating from college with a Certificate in TESOL is the best way to get a work visa in international settings and a great method to use in missions around the world. TESOL-trained instructors can get into closed countries when others cannot. In addition, TESOL instructors are in demand in every city and town in the U.S.
You do not have to speak another language to be a TESOL instructor; you will be taught methods that will enable you to teach English to anyone, no matter which language he or she speaks. At Grace, you will also be placed in a practicum or internship that will give you hands-on practice in applying what you are learning in your classes.
Examples of courses in this major:
A survey of the primary features of language, including phonology, morphology, semantics, first and second language acquisition, how the brain processes languages, and how languages change through linguistic examples and exercises drawn from a world-wide sample of languages.
An introduction to the current approaches to teaching English to non-native speakers and the theories of language learning which inform them. The course will review those features of English which non-native speakers find difficult and methods of teaching these features, as well as giving students experience in preparing lessons and teaching materials. Students are required to observe an ESL class and act as a tutor or conversation partner for a non-native language learner.
A study of curriculum and methods of teaching a foreign language on both the elementary and secondary level, with special emphasis on performance objectives and methodology with classroom practice.
A study of the principles and processes of communicating effectively with people from a second cultural context. The course focuses on functional perception and how cultural worldview, beliefs, and values affect the personal perception of each individual. The shaping of the message, style of communication, and communication networks for each cultural context are explored with a view to penetrating each culture as deeply as possible with the Gospel. The dangers of ethnocentrism and some current methods of contextualization are discussed.
A contemporary survey of English covering traditional grammar, structural linguistics, and transformational grammar. The course covers grammar and usage on a theoretical and explanatory basis, dealing as well in dialectology and the linguistic features of Black and Spanish-influenced English.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in English Education, Grace College; M.A. in English, St. Francis College Ph.D. in Literature, Composition, and Journalism, Ball State University
Dr. Sauders joined the faculty of Grace College in 1965. Her main areas of expertise in literature are in C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, and drama of all eras. She takes students every fall to Stratford, Canada, to see the plays at the Shakespeare Festival. She also takes students each spring break to England, visiting London, Oxford, Windsor, Stratford, Bath, Stonehenge/Salisbury, and Wales. She has presented papers at Taylor University's C.S. Lewis & Friends monthly meetings,as well as at their biennial C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium. She advises the school newspaper, the Sounding Board, and does editing work both for Grace College and for outside organizations and individuals.
Some of the positions you can obtain: