About the Teaching English as a Second Language Minor (TSL Minor)
The TSL minor prepares students to teach English as a second language to children and adults of all ages in Pre K-12 school or in community settings. Students learn how to effectively teach English listening, speaking, reading and writing to groups of children or adults with multiple levels of English language proficiency and diverse backgrounds.
It provides candidates with a theoretical background in critical issues in second language learning, language education, assessment and evaluation. Candidates will be exposed to and evaluated on a variety of teaching methodologies used in the TESOL profession.
Completion of the minor allows teacher education candidates to add an ESL endorsement to their elementary or secondary Michigan teaching certification by successfully completing the courses in the program, practicum experiences, and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).
Why should you choose the TSL minor?
This minor prepares teacher education candidates to meet the demands of a growing population of immigrants from other language groups in the United States or for teaching English internationally. Students have an added advantage when they combine the Reading minor, or Spanish or French minors of majors.
Practicum experiences for teaching English are required in the program, thus students are sent into the community to teach ESL or arrange options on campus to enhance the global experiences and outreach ministry opportunities for SAU.
This minor involves a sequence of online and face-to-face courses, making the program accessible to students studying abroad. Students with any major can match the 12-credit TSL Certificate courses to their program.