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Minor in TESOL

School of Education


English has become the most widely used language in the world today and there is great demand for trained professionals to teach with integrity. The mission of the TESOL minor is to prepare students for service in North America with immigrants, refugees, and international students, as well as for mission and employment opportunities around the world through teaching English as a second or foreign language. Students who take the units specified in the catalog receive a Certificate in TESOL.


Below are the course requirements for this academic program. In addition to these program-specific requirements, all majors include Biola's traditional undergraduate core curriculum. For more program details, including a sample course sequence, visit Biola's academic catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program's academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Core Courses

Study of major features of standard American English structure, with applications for ESL/EFL teachers. Grade Mode: A.
Basic concepts, methods and techniques of teaching English (ESL or EFL) to speakers of other languages. Introduces principles of second language learning along with techniques for teaching both separate and integrated skills to adult or post-secondary students. Grade Mode: A.
Principles of ESL/EFL materials design to enable teachers to (a) evaluate and adapt published materials and (b) prepare their own materials. Grade Mode: A.

This course develops professionalism in TESOL teachers in three areas: effective intercultural communication, appropriate communication of different worldviews and values, and ethics for teachers in various contexts.

Topics are listed in the class schedule each semester. Notes: Course may be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Grade Mode: A.
Structured practice teaching in an ESL classroom under the supervision of a master teacher, plus weekly group discussion of issues in language pedagogy. Grade Mode: A.
Total Program Credits
Every program at Biola University features rigorous academics, biblically integrated curriculum and vocational preparation.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

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