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Advising

TESOL Minors should seek advising with the TESOL Director each semester before registering for classes. Typically, the TESOL Advising Day occurs in early November (advising for the Spring semester) and early April (advising for the Fall semester). TESOL Minors can also visit the TESOL Director during office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

 

Contact: TESOL Director, Dr. Heather A. Linville
315 Graff Main Hall 
608-785-8326

Advice for New TESOL Minors

Follow these steps as you begin your Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) minor. For questions, contact the TESOL Director at tesol@uwlax.edu or (608) 785- 8326 at any time.

Prerequisites
1. Complete ENG 110, 112, 303, 304, 306, or 309 with a grade of B or better to demonstrate proficiency in English.

2. Complete a 102-level foreign language class (taught in the foreign language) with a grade of B or better to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. You can also demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by placing into a 201-level or higher foreign language class at UWL, receiving a foreign language score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, or receiving a score of 70 or higher on the La Crosse Battery exam. Contact the TESOL Director for additional information if you are proficient in ASL or if you are a heritage speaker of a language other than English (e.g., if you speak Hmong in the home).

Requirements
1. Declare TESOL as your minor at the CLS office (235 Morris). 

2. Take the following TESOL minor courses in your sophomore year if possible.

  • MLG 340: The Study of Language (offered each fall) or ENG 331: Introduction to Linguistics (offered each spring)
  • MLG 345: Intercultural Interactions (offered each spring)
  • MLG 306: Second Language Acquisition (offered each spring)

3. Take the following sequence of courses in this order in your junior year (education majors) or senior year.
  • TSL 400: TESOL Policies and Program Models (offered each fall; prerequisite for TSL 463)
  • TSL 463: TESOL Methods (offered each spring)

4. Take additional required courses in your junior or senior year.
  • TSL 450: TESOL National/International Internship (offered all semesters; non-education majors)
  • MLG 406: Language Assessment (offered each fall; education majors)
  • 1 elective course (3 credits)
    • TSL 350: ESL Program Development (usually offered fall)
    • TSL 425: Global Issues in TESOL (usually offered summer)
    • ENG 332: Modern English Grammar (usually offered each semester)
    • ENG 334: Language Study for Teachers (usually offered each semester)
    • MLG 406: Language Assessment (offered each fall; for non-education majors)
    • TSL 450: TESOL National/International Internship (offered all semesters; for education majors; must take for 3 credits)

Additional Requirements for Education Majors
1. Take and pass the Praxis II (ESOL) exam. It is recommended that you take the exam after you complete your TESOL minor coursework, but it should be taken at least 1½ semesters before student teaching.

2. Complete TESOL student teaching in your last semester of study. You must have completed all your coursework, including your TESOL minor courses before you student teach.

For more information, please contact Dr. Heather Linville, UWL TESOL Director at hlinville@uwlax.edu or 608-785-8326.

TESOL Internship

The TESOL Internship provides you with the opportunity to gain practical experience tutoring or teaching non-native speakers of English. The TESOL Internship is offered each semester, including summer and J-term. One credit of TSL 450 (TESOL National/International Internship) requires 35 - 40 hours of service in the field over the course of the semester (an average of 2.5 hours/week during a 15-week semester). Most TESOL Minors need to complete 3 internship credits. It is recommended that you complete no more than two credits at the same site or during the same semester. You will receive a pass/fail grade for the TESOL Internship. To receive a passing grade you must submit a monthly work progress report to Career Services and a reflective paper for each credit of TSL 450 you receive.

You may complete your internship at a wide variety of internship sites, such as adult literacy programs, after-school enrichment programs, university-level ESL programs, or EFL programs abroad. Available sites every semester are the ESL Institute at UWL, the ELL Program at Western Technical College, and the MARC (pre-college tutoring) program at UWL, or you may propose your own. Prior approval for any internship site and the number of credits received is required.

To apply for an internship:

  1. Meet with the TESOL Director for advising and to discuss possible internship options.
  2. Complete the TESOL Internship Application by December 1 (for Spring or J-term internships) or by May 1 (for Fall or Summer internships).
  3. Complete your class registration, leaving enough credit hours free for the TSL 450 credits you will take. (You will be registered for TSL 450 by Career Services after completing the next step.)
  4. After you receive notification of your acceptance for the internship, complete the registration process at Career Services by December 15 (for Spring or J-term internships) or by May 15 (for Fall or Summer internships). 


Once you are registered as an intern:

  • Stay in contact with your internship site. Expect to receive an email a few weeks before the internship begins with instructions. Read and respond to all emails.
  • Read the TSL 450 information online in D2L and acquaint yourself with the requirements.
  • Submit work progress reports to the Career Center monthly (first report due October 1 for Fall, March 1 for Spring, June 15 for Summer, and January 20 for J-term).
  • Plan to complete one reflective paper for each credit of TSL 450 for which you are registered. (Reflective papers are typically due at mid-term and final; check the due dates with D2L for more information.)

TESOL minor requirements

(All colleges)

21-22 credits

Language requirements:

A. Proficiency in a foreign language (no credits) as demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language exam score of 3 or higher
  • Placing into a 201 level or higher foreign language course at UWL
  • A score of 70 or higher on the La Crosse Battery (non-native speakers of English)
  • A grade of "B" or better in a 102 level or higher foreign language course (taught in the foreign language) taken at UWL (Foreign language classes taken at UWL also count toward general education credits.) See below foreign language course list.
Foreign language requirement courses:  
FRE 102 Elementary French II 3
FRE 201 Intermediate French I 3
FRE 202 Intermediate French II 3
GER 102 Elementary German II 4
FRE 300 Visual Encounters 3
FRE 301 Sound, Speech, and Proficiency 3
GER 201 Intermediate German I 4
GER 202 Intermediate German II 4
GER 300 Advanced German 3
MLG 102 World Languages: Elementary II 4
MLG 201 World Languages: Intermediate I 4
MLG 202 World Languages: Intermediate II 4
MLG 204 Heritage Language: Intermediate 4
MLG 304 Heritage Language: Advanced 4
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II 4
SPA 103 Elementary Spanish I and II 4
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 4
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II 4
SPA 300 Oral Proficiency Through Grammar Review 4
SPA 303 Integrated Skills Development I 4
SPA 304 Integrated Skills Development II 4
CHI 102 Elementary Chinese II 4
CHI 201 Intermediate Chinese I 4
CHI 202 Intermediate Chinese II 4
CHI 301 Advanced Chinese 3
RUS 102 Elementary Russian II 4
RUS 201 Intermediate Russian I 4
RUS 202 Intermediate Russian II 4
ESL 250 ESL Speaking 4
ESL 252 ESL Writing/Grammar 4

B. Proficiency in English (no credits) as demonstrated by a grade of "B" or better inone of the following courses:

English language requirement courses:  
ENG 110 College Writing I 3
ENG 112 College Writing AP (Advanced Placement) 3
ENG 303 Advanced Composition 3
ENG 304 Writing in the Arts and Humanities 3
ENG 306 Writing in Education 3
ENG 309 Writing in the Sciences 3

Core:

Education majors complete 19 core credits, comprised of the following courses:
MLG 306 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition 3
MLG 340 The Study of Language 3
or ENG 331 Introduction to Linguistics
MLG 345 Intercultural Interactions 3
MLG 406 Language Assessment and Testing 3
TSL 400 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Policies and Program Models 4
TSL 463 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Methods 3
Total Credits 19
All other majors complete 18 core credits, comprised of the following courses:
MLG 306 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition 3
MLG 340 The Study of Language 3
or ENG 331 Introduction to Linguistics
MLG 345 Intercultural Interactions 3
TSL 400 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Policies and Program Models 4
TSL 450 TESOL National/International Internship Program 2
TSL 463 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Methods 3
Total Credits 18

Electives:

Education majors take 3 credits from the following:
TSL 350 ESL Program Development 3
TSL 425 Global Issues in TESOL 3
TSL 450 TESOL National/International Internship Program 1-3
ENG 332 Modern English Grammars 3
ENG 334 Language Study for Teachers 3
All other majors choose one of the following courses:
TSL 425 Global Issues in TESOL 3
TSL 350 ESL Program Development 3
MLG 406 Language Assessment and Testing 3
ENG 332 Modern English Grammars 3
ENG 334 Language Study for Teachers 3
TSL 498 Independent Study (must take for 3 credits to fulfill elective) 1-3

Teacher certification To teach English language learners in public schools, a student must complete requirements in professional education, complete a certifiable major and TESOL minor, pass the ESL Praxis II exam and the Praxis II exam(s) for the certifiable major(s), and student teach English language learners at appropriate levels.

TESOL minors are additionally encouraged to consider these courses which may be considered as substitution for the elective requirement (prior approval of TESOL director required).

PSY 436 Psychology of Language (3 cr.)

ANT 196 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3 cr.)

TESOL minors who study abroad for at least 8 weeks may substitute the three course sequence INS 250INS 251, and INS 252 (a total of 3 credits) for MLG 345 Intercultural Interactions with prior approval of the TESOL director.

Also see English as a Second Language Institute.

For more information, please contact Dr. Heather Linville, UWL TESOL Director athlinville@uwlax.edu