Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor

(All colleges)

19 credits (not including language proficiency requirements)

Language proficiency admission requirements for all TSL minors

Students must complete both A and B requirements to be admitted into the TSL minor.

A. Proficiency in a foreign language (no credits) as demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language exam score of 3 or higher
  • Placing into a 201-level or higher foreign language course at UWL
  • A score of 70 or higher on the La Crosse Battery (non-native speakers of English)
  • A grade of "B" or better in a 102-level or higher foreign language course (taught in the foreign language) taken at UWL. See below foreign language course list.1
Foreign language requirement courses: 1
ARA 102Elementary Arabic II4
ARA 201Intermediate Arabic I4
ARA 202Intermediate Arabic II4
CHI 102Chinese in a Global Society II4
CHI 201Chinese Language and Culture in Action I4
CHI 202Chinese Language and Culture in Action II4
CHI 301Advanced Chinese3
ESL 250ESL Speaking4
ESL 252ESL Writing/Grammar4
FRE 102French in a Global Society II3
FRE 201French Language and Cultures in Action I3
FRE 202French Language and Cultures in Action II3
FRE 300Visual Encounters3
FRE 301Sound, Speech, and Proficiency3
GCL 102Elementary Languages II4
GCL 201Intermediate Languages I4
GCL 202Intermediate Languages II4
GER 102German in a Global Society II4
GER 201German Language and Cultures in Action I4
GER 202German Language and Cultures in Action II4
GER 300Advanced German3
HMG 204Hmong Heritage Language: Intermediate4
HMG 304Hmong Heritage Language: Advanced4
JPN 102Elementary Japanese II4
JPN 201Intermediate Japanese I4
JPN 202Intermediate Japanese II4
RUS 102Russian in a Global Society II4
RUS 201Russian Language and Cultures in Action I4
RUS 202Russian Language and Cultures in Action II4
SPA 102Spanish in a Global Society II4
SPA 103Spanish in a Global Society I & II4
SPA 201Spanish Language and Cultures in Action I4
SPA 202Spanish Language and Cultures in Action II4
SPA 300Oral Proficiency Through Grammar Review4
B. Proficiency in English (no credits) as demonstrated by a grade of "B" or better in one of the following courses:
English language requirement courses:
ENG 110College Writing3
ENG 112College Writing AP (Advanced Placement)3
ENG 303Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric Studies3
ENG 304Writing in the Arts and Humanities3
ENG 306Writing in Education3
ENG 309Writing in the Sciences3

Curriculum

Core:

TSL 200Introduction to English Language Learners and Advocacy1
ENG 331Introduction to Linguistics: Sounds and Words3
GCL 310Theories and Research in Second Language Acquisition3
TSL 345Intercultural Interactions3
TSL 400Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Policies and Program Models3
TSL 463Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Methods3
Total Credits16

Electives:

Take three credits from the following:
TSL 350ESL Program Development3
TSL 425Global Issues in TESOL3
TSL 450TESOL National/International Internship Program1-3
TSL 498Independent Study1-3
ANT 196Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology3
ANT 375Language, Power, and Inequality3
ENG 332Introduction to Linguistics: Phrases and Sentences3
ENG 334Language Study for Teachers3
PSY 436Psychology of Language3

Teacher certification

Students seeking certification to teach English language learners must complete School of Education program requirements, complete a certifiable teacher education major2 and the TESOL minor, pass the ESL Praxis II exam and the Praxis II exam(s) for the certifiable major(s) or meet the GPA requirement, and student teach English language learners at appropriate levels.

Also see English as a Second Language Institute.