TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Minor | Academic Advising Handbook

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) minor offered through the College of Education is intended to equip students with knowledge and skills necessary for teaching English as a second or foreign language.

The program prepares students for teaching English overseas and in various educational settings. Those who wish to enter a graduate degree program in TESOL will build a strong foundation in this field. This program does not lead to an endorsement in ESOL at K-12, unless students are already admitted to the undergraduate initial teaching licensure program in the College of Education.

Undergraduate students may earn a minor in TESOL by completing the following requirements.

Language and Cultural Competency Requirements

This requirement can be fulfilled by choosing option (1) or (2) below.

(1) Language courses (4 to 12 credits): FREN, CHIN, SPAN, GERM, JAPN language courses (through 201)


(2) Foreign language proficiency equivalent to FREN, CHIN, SPAN, GERM, JAPN 201 and one of the language or cultural studies courses from the following list (4 credits):

  • FREN, CHIN, SPAN, GERN, JAPN Language course (202 or above)
  • ANTH/MUS 241 Intro to World Music
  • ARTHI 276: Art and Architecture of Asia
  • ARTHI 342: Islamic Art and Architecture
  • HIST 111 Foundations of East Asia
  • HIST 112 East Asia
  • HIST 113 Islamic Middle East
  • HIST 211 Japan Past and Present
  • HIST 212 China Past and Present
  • HIST 213 Vietnam and U.S.
  • POLS/HIST 239 Latin America
  • HIST 315 Modern Japan
  • HIST 316 China from Mao to Tiananmen
  • HUM 204 Chinese Cultural Study
  • HUM 205 Japanese Culture
  • HUM 206 Latin America
  • HUM 207 German Film in English
  • HUM 305 West Meets East
  • PSJ 225 Middle East
  • PHIL 305 Asian Philosophy
  • POLS 231 Contemporary Middle East
  •  SPAN 325: Mexican-American Cultural Studies
  • WORL 325 Mentoring and Tutoring in the Languages
  • WORL 365 Teaching Language and Culture in Elementary Schools

TESOL Core Course Requirement (13 credits)

  • ESOL 444: Educational Linguistics for ESOL Teachers (3 cr)
  • ESOL 460: Foundations of ESOL Methods (2 cr)
  • ESOL 464: ESOL Methods, Assessment, and Technology (2 cr)
  • ESOL 450: Cultural Constructs and Diversity in ESOL Education (2 cr)*
  • ESOL 470: Bilingualism and Biliteracy Development (2cr)
  • ESOL 480: Pedagogical Grammar of English (2cr)

*ESOL 450 may be waived for those who take a study abroad course that is approved by the ESOL Program Coordinator in the College of Education. Note: eight hours of upper division credits are required for the minor.

Total: 17-23 credits**

** Credits required for the TESOL minor vary, depending on the student’s foreign language competency.

Those who wish to earn a minor in TESOL should consult with the TESOL minor advisor, Catherine Kim (catherinekim@pacificu.edu), to plan their course of study. A student enrolling in ESOL courses should have at least junior standing and must complete all courses with a grade of C or better.

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