Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TSL)

TESOL Minor

(All colleges) - Teacher certification programs: 25 credits plus student teaching. All other majors: 26 credits.

Requirements for all TESOL minors: proficiency in a foreign language demonstrated through completion of 102level course work or equivalent experience, and suitable proficiency in English as determined by the TESOL coordinator.

Core Requirements: 18 credits - TSL 300, ANT 350 or CST 332, ENG 332, 401; CI 463; three credits from: PSY 280, PSY 382, SOC 480, EFN 486, TSL 350 (depending on the topic), MLG 455 (depending on the topic), TSL 498 (depending on the topic).

Additional Requirements: 7-8 credits

ESL certification for majors in teacher certification programs, see program coordinator. All education majors are required to take SPE 431 as part of ESL certification. Note that certification at the Early Childhood-Adolescence level is only available to French, German Studies and Spanish majors.

All other majors (8 credits): 3 credits from SPE 431, ENG 334, PSY 436; and TSL 450 (5 credits).

Modern language majors and minors in education

- In order to be certified to teach a foreign language, students must take CI 467, Teaching a Foreign Language, and student teach at the appropriate levels. Prior to student teaching, students are required to 1) demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to Intermediate High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Scale, 2) complete an approved foreign language immersion experience, and 3) pass the Praxis II content test(s) in the language(s) to be certified for teaching. (official test score report required prior to student teaching enrollment). Questions should be referred to the department of modern languages.

Also see English as a Second Language Institute on the English as a Second Language page.


TSL 300 Cr. 3 Introduction to TESOL

This course provides an overview of resources available for teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Emphasis is given to classroom applications of proficiency guidelines. Students gain experience tutoring English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students enrolled in the UWL ESL Institute. Prerequisite: ENG 110, CST 110, and three credits from the following: EFN 205, ERS 100, SOC 225. Offered Sem. I.

TSL 350 Cr. 1-6 TSL Program Development

This course is designed for teachers or prospective teachers working toward teacher certification or recertification in ESL. Program topics, which focus on special needs of ESL learners and teachers, include methods, curriculum development, culture, language acquisition, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and sociopolitical concerns. Repeatable for credit -- maximum 12.

TSL 450/550 Cr. 1-12 TESOL National/International Intern Program

Practical experience tutoring or teaching nonnative speakers of English. Examples of sites are adult literacy programs, afterschool enrichment programs, university-level ESL programs, and EFL programs abroad. Prerequisite: junior standing, consent of TESOL coordinator, ENG 110, CST 110. Repeatable for credit - maximum 12. Pass/Fail grading.

TSL 498 Cr. 1-3 Independent Study

Field work, research, individual projects in a specific area related to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Registration with the consent of instructor and the department chairperson. Prerequisite: junior standing. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.