English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) concentration allows students to focus beyond their core English literature, language, and writing courses. Specialized study in ESL methods and in language assessment provides students with the basic skills needed to teach ESL in the US and abroad.

In addition to the English Major requirements and electives, ESL students must choose 12 hours from the following list following the Program Notes as outlined below and in the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog - English (BA):

  • ENGL 4101-4109 Special Topics in English (only if topic is ESL)
  • ENGL 4530 Practicum in ESL
  • ENGL 4531 Methods and Techniques in ESL
  • ENGL 4532 Skills, Approaches, and Assessment for ESL
  • ENGL 4533 Issues and Techniques in English as a Foreign Language

Program Notes:

  • Students are encouraged to take 4531 and/or 4532 as part of their concentration.
  • Students may apply up to 6 hours of courses chosen from Language and Linguistics toward the ESL concentration with the approval of the English Undergraduate Advisor.
  • Students may apply up to 6 hours of English 4530 (Practicum) toward their concentration.
  • Students who wish to satisfy the requirements for both the English major and the endorsement to teach English in high school should consult the College of Education for licensure requirements.