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2013 - 2014

Minor in TESOL
(18 hours)


BYU's Department of Linguistics and English Language offers a minor and a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Students may earn a minor, or a certificate and a minor as completion of the minor occurs in the process of completing the certificate.

Note: For education majors, the TESOL K-12 minor is available to those earning a teaching major and leads to an ESL Endorsement. It is offered through the School of Education. For more information, contact the David O. McKay School of Education Advisement Center.

Career Opportunities

TESOL minor students are qualified for many overseas positions teaching English as a foreign language. They may also work in various ESL programs in the United States and other English-speaking countries. Possible teaching settings include adult education classes, intensive English programs, and English language learning programs around the world. Students in any major may apply for the TESOL minor.

Difference between the TESOL certificate and the TESOL minor

The TESOL minor will be indicated on a student's official transcript, whereas the TESOL certificate will not. Students should apply to the minor program by going to their college advisement center. Requirements will be tracked by the MyMap system and the student's progress report. If all requirements are met, the minor will be awarded at the time of graduation. Students who also want to complete the TESOL certificate must provide evidence to the Linguistics and English Language Department that requirements have been met. Once the certificate requirements have been met, the department will prepare and mail the certificate to the student.

Choosing whether or not to complete the certificate depends largely on the student's career goals. A TESOL certificate is a term that is recognized around the world. It is viewed as more applied and usable in the professional world. A certificate may be particularly useful if a student plans to teach abroad.

Students may choose to complete either a minor only or a minor and a certificate.

Program Requirements

  1. Complete the prerequisite course:
  2. Complete the following foundation courses:
  3. Complete the following courses:
      ELANG 477 : TESOL Basic Course and Lesson Planning. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ELANG 477 : TESOL Basic Course and Lesson Planning. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: For Fall 2013 & forward admits, ELang 325 & ELang 375 & ELang 376.
      DESCRIPTION: Design English as a second or foreign language course and lesson plans on principles and knowledge of learning outcomes, assessment plans, methods, materials, classroom management, and learning activities; access and use professional resources.

      Course Outcomes


      ELANG 478 : TESOL Practicum. (3:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ELANG 478 : TESOL Practicum. (3:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: ELANG 325 & ELANG 375 & ELANG 376; ELang 223; and ELang 477 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Synthesize and apply the foundational knowledge of the English language systems and competencies in teaching English as a second or foreign language.

      Course Outcomes


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