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TESOL Emphasis

TESOL Emphasis – Curriculum Requirements

The following six courses are required:

ENGL 540 General Linguistics
ENGL 670 Methods & Materials in TESOL
ENGL 671 Phonology
ENGL 672 Syntax
ENGL 675 Practicum (Student Teaching)
ENGL 679 First and Second Language Acquistion

Three courses must be chosen from the following:

ENGL 544 History of the English Language
ENGL 550 American English
ENGL 577 Language, Gender, and Power
ENGL 673 Discourse Analysis
ENGL 676 Semantics
ENGL 677 Language and Communication Across Cultures
ENGL 678 Sociolinguistics
ENGL 695 Topics in English (Linguistics)
ENGL 705 Discourse and Rhetoric Across Cultures
ENGL 770 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
ENGL 773 Seminar in Discourse Analysis
ENGL 778 Seminar in Sociolinguistics

Students have 6 hours of electives approved by the Graduate Program Director. In some cases, a 700-level course may be substituted for the corresponding 600-level course.

  •  ENGL 696 Independent Readings. Available for students with more than 18 hours in the program. Students should write a proposal and receive written permission from the appropriate faculty member before signing up for this course.
  •  ENGL 698, 699 Thesis. Students may elect to write a thesis or may choose six hours of elective courses appropriate to their individual career choices.

No more than 12 hours may be taken at the 500 level, and no more than 12 hours may be transferred in from another program. Other appropriate electives include courses in composition, reading, education, or linguistics. These should be chosen with the help of your advisor.

TESOL Certificate and ESL Endorsement

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This graduate certificate qualifies students to teach ESOL to adult learners. This certificate may be of particular interest to students who want to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) abroad or teach ESL in the private sector or in non-governmental organizations (e.g., private language institutes, corporate settings, immigrant & refugee centers, etc.). In order to obtain this certificate, students need to take ENGL 670, 671, 672, 675, 677.

Commonwealth of Virginia Endorsement for English as a Second Language (ESL)

Students who already have a teaching license (e.g., licensure to teach in elementary or secondary education) may pursue an added endorsement in ESL. This endorsement requires a minimum of 24 semester hours of course work. Some of these credits can be earned by taking graduate level courses in our program. For more information on the ESL add-on endorsement, contact Nola Nicholson, M.S. Ed.