TESOL Courses and Curriculum
Western’s interdisciplinary TESOL Certificate Program is designed to provide training in linguistics, grammar, second language acquisition, and methodology. Participants receive hands-on experience with language learners, culminating in a mentored teaching practicum, which students can complete in their home community or internationally.
Most students finish in 3 academic quarters (9 months), but the program easily allows for extension to up to 2 years or an intensive 2 quarter (6 month) option with our intensive option. Check out the sample schedules below for some options.
Coursework can also be integrated into undergraduate or graduate programs at Western. Undergraduates can earn a minor in TESOL and important upper-division credits. Linguistics and American Cultural Studies welcome a concentration in TESOL within the majors. The master’s degree in Adult & Higher Education allows TESOL credits to be used as program electives under advisement. The program provides recognized academic credit that may be transferable to other institutions. Contact us for details!
See the TESOL section of the University Catalog for additional information.
Required Courses (27 credits)
- TESL 401: Introduction for English Linguistics for TESOL (4 credits) Abbreviated Syllabus
- TESL 404: Understanding English Grammar for TESOL (3 credits) Abbreviated Syllabus This class will be TESL 406 as of Fall 2018.
- TESL 405: Methods for Teaching English Grammar (2 credits) Abbreviated Syllabus
- TESL 410: Second Language Acquisition Theory for TESOL (4 credits) Abbreviated Syllabus
- TESL 420: Methods and Materials for Basic Communication (5 credits) Abbreviated Syllabus
- TESL 421 (437B): Methods and Materials for Academic Language Proficiency (5 credits) Abbreviated Syllabus
- TESL 432 (437C): Seminar for TESOL (2 credits) Abbreviated Syllabus
- TESL 435 (437D): Practicum in TESOL (2 credits) Abbreviated Syllabus
Students are also required to demonstrate study of another culture (gained through experience, or the minimum of 3 credits of approved course work) and complete the equivalent of one year of college-level foreign language study (consult with the program director for more information and for options).
2018-19 Tentative TESL Schedule