Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

The Department of Modern Languages and Literature, in cooperation with the Department of Education, offers a program of four courses designed to acquaint the student with language study and an understanding of the process of learning another language along with effective methods and skills needed to assist speakers of other languages in their learning English. A certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language will be awarded to the candidates who have completed this program and have at least 60 semester hours of college level credit.

The courses listed below will serve to satisfy the competencies as set forth by the State Department of Public Instruction (SDPI) for an add-on in ESL. These courses, considered electives with any major or minor, may be taken in any sequence. Upon successful completion of the entire sequence of 12 s.h., the Department of Modern Languages and Literature will award the official certificate.This certificate will serve many purposes. Interested students should discuss this program with the TESL coordinator.

The required courses (offered at least once a year) are as follows:

  • ACL 3600 Exploring Cross-Cultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4160 Teaching Methods for Foreign Languages & TESL (3 s.h.)
  • LAN 3200 Introduction to Linguistics (3 s.h.)
  • LAN 3300 Second Language Acquisition (3 s.h.)

Contact the Program Coordinator

Scott Michael Stouch

Scott M. Stouch, M.A.

Instructor of English as a Second Language; Coordinator, Teaching English as a Second Language
(910) 630-7361
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Scott Michael Stouch
Scott M. Stouch, M.A.

Instructor of English as a Second Language; Coordinator, Teaching English as a Second Language

B.A., Antioch College; M.A., Ohio University

(910) 630-7361
Trustees 113


Course Descriptions

(GP) indicates that the course fulfills the Global Perspective Elective requirement in the General Education core curriculum.

ACL 3600 EXPLORING CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION (3 s.h.)

(GP) This course examines the complex relationship between communication and culture including major domains such as recognition of cross-cultural dynamics, broadening of cultural experiences, cultural sensitizing, and skill building for effective communication with people of diverse cultures as well as a variety of sub-cultural groups in the United States. Attention is also given to the formation of one’s worldview. This course fulfills the Communications general education core requirement.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


EDU 4160 TEACHING METHODS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES & TESL (3 s.h.)

These courses introduce pre-service candidates to methods, materials, and evaluation procedures for teaching foreign languages and English as a second language. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of these courses.


LAN 3200 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS (3 s.h.)

(GP) The primary purpose of the course is to provide a framework for the formal study of language. As language is one of the most basic of human abilities and activities, the study of language overlaps with many other disciplines and areas of human interaction. The course includes general introductions to the fields of morphology, syntax, semantics, phonology, historical and comparative linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.

Prerequisite: none


LAN 3300 SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (3 s.h.)

This course will provide the student with an in-depth study of both theoretical issues in second language acquisition and the practical application of theories in the ESL or Foreign Language classroom. Included will be an overview of the historically important and current theoretical models of second language acquisition. In addition, the course will cover affective and socio-cultural factors in language learning, contrastive analysis, and error analysis.

Prerequisite: none