The TESOL minor includes concentrated coursework in TESOL designed for students from all disciplines who wish to teach English — at home or abroad. Students will be able to qualify for many English teaching opportunities for supplemental income or ministry.

Upper Division Requirements


ENG432 Sociolinguistics

Sociolinguistics is the study of the relationship between language and society. This course explores key areas within the field of sociolinguistics. It also gives students practice in reflecting on how sociolinguistics of English and other languages affects how they speak. Students will investigate a topic in sociolinguistics and write a review of literature about it as well as develop a language policy report. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; As offered)

Walker, Deron
01/08/2024 Th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM TBA

ENG442 Teaching Second Language Writing

This course prepares students to teach writing to second language learners, especially but not exclusively at the college level. Course materials and activities focus on current composition philosophy, research-based method and teaching techniques for collegiate level second language writing courses. At a minimum, this course is designed to introduce students to major theories, research, and practice in the teaching of English writing to second language learners. Thus, students should complete this course being able to do what ESL/EFL writing instructors do: design lesson plans for college composition; evaluate (read, respond to, grade, and assess) college level writing; and engage in research in at least one relevant issue in ESL/EFL composition pedagogy. This course should train students to be reflective practitioners and researchers of collegiate level English composition. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Fall)

Walker, Deron
09/05/2023 T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 245

ENG446 Second Language Reading

As the title indicates, this course will be about reading in a second language, primarily, but not exclusively English. In particular, the class will emphasize teaching reading in English to learners whose native language is not English. Since research and theory inform sound pedagogical practice, we will also research and review research on a variety of relevant topics to teaching reading from both linguistic and educational perspectives. Finally, given the importance of literacy in so many contexts today, we will consider a multitude of variables which affect the teaching and learning of reading skills for both children and adults, in second and foreign language settings, and explore the implications of the research for all concerned. Prerequisite: ENG 123 (3 units; Spring)

Walker, Deron
01/08/2024 T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM TBA

ENG452 Secnd Lang Curr Dev and Assmnt

This course is designed for future ESL teachers who are interested in current thinking and research in second language material development and assessment and in the application of such in classroom teaching. There are two major goals: one is developing a solid understanding of the core issues in these areas and the other, which requires students to design their own materials and assessment tools and to evaluate existing ones, is facilitating the application of such an understanding in classroom teaching. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Spring)

Liu, Carla
01/08/2024 W 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM TBA

ENG463 Lang Structure and Acquisition

Linguistic theory and method. Includes the study of the five universal elements of language (phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics) as well as the use of language and its variants in culture. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or ENG 123E. (3 units; Fall & Online)

Liu, Carla
09/05/2023 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 036

ENG472 Theory and Methods of TESOL

This course will focus on the application of linguistic theory in education. Students will be introduced to various teaching philosophies and methodologies, focusing on their application to language learning. Students will be familiarized with various movements in education and psychology such as behaviorism, cognitivism, social constructivism, and humanism. Students will be instructed as to how diverse language teaching methods have been informed by various educational movements and how these philosophies and methods take form in the second language classroom. This course will build on the concepts taught in ENG 463 but will focus more on second language learners both in ESL and EFL settings. Prerequisite: ENG 123 (3 units; Fall)

Walker, Deron
09/05/2023 Th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 245