Penn State College of the Liberal Arts Department of Applied Linquistics

Academic Programs

Undergraduate TESOL Minor

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor



The program of study includes an introduction to the study of language use, culture, and social interaction from a variety of perspectives and to the role that English plays in globalization. It also provides students with practical knowledge and skills that will qualify them for basic teaching positions in a variety of language programs for linguistically and culturally diverse adult learners of English in the United States and around the world.


Students who obtain a minor in TESOL may participate in one of the teaching exchanges sponsored by the Department of Applied Linguistics upon graduation. Students may also find teaching positions in private language institutes or as private language tutors in the United States and abroad and well as through organizations such as the Peace Corps and the Fulbright Exchange.  


Requirements for the minor

The minor consists of 18 credit hours. A grade of C or better is required in every course used to satisfy the requirements for the minor.


Prescribed courses (12 credits)   

APLNG 200 Introduction to Language, Culture, and Social Interaction

APLNG 210 The Ecology of Global English

APLNG 484 Discourse-Functional Grammar

APLNG 493 Methods for Teaching ESL



Additional Courses (6 credits)  

Students will choose 6 credits from a list of courses that include the following:

APLNG 083S First-year seminar in Applied Linguistics

APLNG 410 Teaching American English Pronunciation 

APLNG 412 Teaching Second Language Writing 

APLNG 482 Introduction to Applied Linguistics 

APLNG 491 Theory in Second Language Acquisition



Admission requirements

To apply for the TESOL minor:

  1. Login to eLion
  2. Select “Minor Declaration” from left hand menu options
  3. Select the semester you wish to enter the minor
  4. Follow directions for choosing minor

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