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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor

The TESOL Minor is a program of study for undergraduate students at The Pennsylvania State University. It 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 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 Teacher Exchange Program

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 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 250 Peer Tutoring for Multilingual Writers 
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
APLNG 497 Special Topics

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

Please also view the TESOL Minor Flyer 


If you have additional questions about the program, please contact the Coordinator, Dr. Sharon Childs ().