TESOL Course Descriptions

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All of our TESOL certificate courses are offered in the evenings or on weekends. 

Basic Methodology

LING 268 Introduction to TESOL (3 sem. hrs.)

This introductory course investigates the English language itself (what we teach), the various ELT methodologies and classroom techniques (how we teach), and the participants in the teaching/learning process (the who of ELT). LING 268 is a foundational course for further studies in the TESOL certificate program. No prerequisites. 
*note: a minimum grade of C+ is required in all 200-and 300-level prerequisite courses to proceed to 400-level courses

Core Language/Linguistics

LING 305 The Grammar of English for TESOL (3 sem. hrs.)

This course examines the structure, function, and usage of English grammar within the context of language teaching. LING 305 is a foundational course for further studies in the TESOL certificate program. Prerequisite: LING 268 or instructor's consent. *note: a minimum grade of C+ is required in all 200-and 300-level prerequisite courses to proceed to 400-level courses

LING 306 The Sound System of English (3 sem. hrs.)

In this course, students explore the sounds of English, transcribing them with phonetic symbols, and discover how these sounds function within English to encode meaning. These findings are then applied to assist language learners with their pronunciation. NB: Linguistics majors should take LING 310 and 330 rather than LING 306. Pre: LING 268 or instructor’s consent.  *note: a minimum grade of C+ is required in all 200-and 300-level prerequisite courses to proceed to 400-level courses

Core Cross-Cultural Communications

LING 210 Language and Society (3 sem. hrs.)  Please note the change from 2 to 3 credit hours, as of Fall 2015.

This course focuses on the interaction between language and the social context within which it is used. Topics include: regional and social dialects; multilingualism; language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity; linguistic politeness; the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages; and the impact of modern technology. Applications to gender and education are explored in depth. No prerequisites.

LING 302 Cross-cultural Communication (3 sem. hrs.)

The nature of cross-cultural interaction, drawing attention both to the unexpected variations in other cultures as well as to the presuppositions from one's own culture that inhibit cross-cultural communication. The need to take into account the dynamic of constant cultural change will also be emphasized. No prerequisites.

Advanced Methodology

LING 410 Teaching Listening and Speaking in TESOL (3 sem. hrs.)

This course helps students acquire the practical knowledge and skills necessary to effectively teach listening and speaking to English language learners. The course provides an orientation to the theoretical perspectives of teaching listening and speaking, to a variety of classroom strategies and assessment methods, and to printed and online resources. Pre: 10 s.h. in TESOL Certificate (including LING 268, 301, & 305). Co: LING 306 or LING 310 & LING 330. 

LING 420 Teaching Reading and Writing in TESOL (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to help students acquire the practical knowledge and skills to effectively teach reading and writing to English language learners. The course provides an orientation to the theoretical perspectives of teaching reading and writing, to a variety of classroom strategies and assessment methods, and to printed and online resources. Pre: 10 sem. hrs. in TESOL Certificate (including LING 268, 301, and 305).

Core Practica

LING 301 TESOL Volunteer Practicum (1 sem. hr.)

This semester of classroom experience provides opportunities for students to link their TESL courses to school settings. Students volunteer in an ESL classroom in order to become more confident in the classroom, interacting with students and teachers, and carrying out activities that prepare them for the 400 level practicum. Co: LING 268, 305 or 306.

LING 401 TESOL Teaching Practicum (1 sem. hr.)

In this final course in the TESOL certificate, students spend a minimum of 25 hours in an approved ESL/EFL program. Students utilize knowledge and skills learned in TESOL courses, learn to reflect on their classroom practices, and begin to articulate how their faith influences their classroom presence. Pre: 20 sem. hrs. in TESOL Certificate (including LING 301 and LING 410 or 420).

Weekend Seminar Electives

LING 304 Tutoring English Language Learners (2 sem. hrs)

This course highlights the unique aspects of tutoring English language learners. Students use needs- assessments to design individualized programs and lessons, as well as explore the business side of tutoring. Co: LING 268 or instructor’s consent.

LING 307 The Lexical System of English (1 sem. hr.)

This course explores how words are formed (morphology) and used to create meaning and identifies common problems students encounter with vocabulary development in order to provide practical application for the classroom context. Pre: LING 268 or instructor’s consent.

LING 308 Introduction to Canadian Language Benchmarks (1 sem. hr.)

This course introduces the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and their application to language assessment and lesson planning. Pre: LING 268 or instructor’s consent.

LING 312 Testing in TESOL (1 sem. hr.)

Students are introduced to various methods of testing in TESOL for all four skill areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Based on this knowledge, students create a variety of test materials for English language learners. Pre: LING 268 or instructor's consent.

LING 313 Teaching English Pronunciation (1 sem. hr.)

An exploration of principles and resources for the teaching of pronunciation and application of these to the language learning classroom. Pre: LING 268, and LING 306 or 310.

LING 314 Teaching Beginners ESL (1 sem. hr.)

Practical demonstrations of various methods for teaching beginning students with an emphasis on communicative theory and activities. Resource materials appropriate for classroom activities. Pre: LING 268 or instructor's consent.

LING 315 Computer Assisted Language Learning in TESOL (1 sem. hr.)

An exploration of the history and theory underlying computer assisted ESL instruction, as well as the evaluation of online resources and the application of new technologies to both individual and classroom learning. Pre: LING 268 or instructor's consent. This course is offered as an online course.

LING 316 ESL Classroom Management in TESOL (1 sem. hr.)

Students explore principles of classroom management, especially as they apply to TESOL. They become familiar with current sources of information on classroom management, and begin to develop a personal classroom management system that is appropriate to the varied TESOL audiences. Pre: LING 268 or instructor's consent.

LING 317 Materials Creation in TESOL (1 sem. hr.)

This course highlights the foundational principles of materials design and evaluation in English-language teaching. Students evaluate published and teacher-made materials, and apply the principles to their own created materials in a practical workshop setting. Pre: LING 268 or instructor's consent.

LING 318 Using Drama in TESOL (1 sem. hr.)

This hands-on course provides an introduction to using drama techniques in TESOL. Students critically examine and reflect on how drama activities can be used to contribute to the TESOL classroom. Pre: LING 268 or instructor's consent.

LING 319 Issues in TESOL and Missions (1 sem. hr.)

This course examines the role English language teaching has played within the modern foreign missions movement. Criticisms of this approach are examined, issues clarified, assumptions articulated, and principles of a biblical, ethical approach are suggested. Pre: LING 268 or instructor's consent.

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