The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at Western Washington University intends to prepare students to teach English to non-native speakers, a career becoming more and more in demand. English has become the international communication language, and in our increasingly global society many people find themselves needing to learn it. The online format allows for students to work at their own pace, though courses can also be taken on campus. There are also two chances for extra intensive courses during the summer, allowing students the opportunity to earn their degree at a faster pace.
Students will learn about in linguistics, grammar, methodology, and second language acquisition skills. There is also a mentoring teaching practicum which aims to give students the chance to practice their skills with real people; this can be completed locally or abroad. There are also two elective courses students have the option of taking which focus on Spanish. Students who complete this program should be able to teach English to a variety of international youth and adults, work with non-English speaking immigrants, and teach visiting international students intensive programs to develop their English. The program teaches students to work in an environment that is diverse culturally and linguistically as they provide a vital service to many different people.
Students must have had previous study or experience of another culture (either through travel or approved coursework) as well as one year of college-level study of a foreign language to graduate from this program. Graduates of the field should be able to teach English both domestically and internationally, and employment opportunities are often found is places such as language schools, public and private sectors, community language courses for recent immigrants, and ESL classes at community colleges.
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