Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This TESOL program provides students with the professional knowledge and skills necessary to teach English to speakers of other languages in the United States or abroad. The program offers three tracks to accommodate students with differing educational needs:

  1. a TESOL licensure minor;

  2. a TESOL minor, and

  3. a TESOL certificate.


Foreign Language Requirement:

Completion of a minimum of a one-semester college-level foreign language course or its equivalent.

English Language Requirement:

A grade of “C” or higher in ENGLISH 1230.


The TESOL minor is designed for students who are interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language or pursuing a higher degree in TESOL, linguistics, applied linguistics or a related field.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ENGLISH 2210Introduction to Linguistics3
ENGLISH 3250Sociolinguistics3
ENGLISH 3260Language and Culture3
ENGLISH 3610Second Language Acquisition3
ENGLISH 3940Grammar in Context3
ENGLISH 4670Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language3
ENGLISH 4740Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language3
Elective Course
Select one course from one area below:3
History of the English Language
Upper-division literature or civilization courses in any foreign language
Ethnic Studies:
Chicano Literature
African-American Literature
Asian American Literature
American Literature of Ethnicity and Immigration
Wisconsin Indian Literature
Race, Gender, and United States Labor History
Ethnic and Gender Equity in Education
Ethnic Rights and Politics
International Education:
The World Novel
Contemporary Global Literature and Empire
International Relations
Politics of the Global Economy
Total Credits24