TESOL Certificate

Overview

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.

TESOL Certificate and Minor

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

ENG 3300 Introduction to Linguistics

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.

ENG 3600 TESOL Methods

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.

ICS 3110 Intercultural Communication

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. 

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