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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

A TESOL  minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours (normally 6 courses), distributed as follows:

  • MDLL 345. TESOL Methods, or EDUC 442
  • MDLL 346. Foreign Language Acquisition Processes: Theory and Practice
  • MDLL 347. TESOL Curriculum Design and Materials Development or   MDLL 348  Teaching English Abroad
  • ENGL 220/ANTH 220 (The Study of Language) or FREN 304 (French Phonetics), or HISP 287 (Phonetics and Phonology)
  • MDLL 400. Internship/Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • MDLL 411. Independent Study*

*Another 300/400 level relevant course may substitute, if approved in advance by the Director of the TESOL program.

Description of Courses
150. Freshman Seminar

Fall or Spring (3) Staff.

Topic of this course will vary year to year. An exploration of a specific topic in literary, culture or linguistic studies. Writing is emphasized. Normally available to first-year students. Course may be repeated for credit if topic varies.

345. Methods in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Spring, Summer (3) Arries. Prerequisite: Two semesters of a modern foreign language or consent of instructor.

Instructional methodology for teaching foreign languages including English as a second or foreign language. Focus on skill development, teaching methodologies,  assessment, cultural instruction, and technology in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

346. Foreign Language Acquisition Processes: Theory and Practice

Fall, Summer (3) Kulick. Prerequisite: Two semesters of a modern foreign language or consent of instructor.

How are foreign languages acquired? Factors influencing individual variation in skill and fluency include language transfer, optimal input, age, learning styles and language dysfunction. Focus on foreign language acquisition with respect to learning theory, and physical, cognitive and social development.

347. TESOL Curriculum Design and Materials Development

Fall, Summer (3) Kulick

Curriculum design for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: the development of ESL lessons and instructional materials, adaptation of content instruction for English Language Learners; cross-cultural factors faced when intergrating ELLs into content classes and communication with ELL family members.

348.  Teaching English Abroad

Spring (3) Kulick

Logistics and practical considerations in preparing to teach English Abroad. Social, cultural, and institutional influences on the overseas classroom, curriculum design and instructional materials development, lesson planning, specific approaches and techniques for adapting to (sometimes) less than ideal teaching settings.

360. Topics in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Fall and/or Spring (variable credit) Staff.

The topic of this course will vary from year to year, but will cover material related to literary, linguistic or cultural aspects of world civilizations. Course may be repeated for credit if topic varies.

400. Internship/Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language

Fall, Spring, Summer (3,3,3) Arries, Kulick. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

The internship/practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  Provides students the opportunity to apply in a practical setting, the theories, techniques and strategies of TESOL. Requirements include a pre-approved project, a journal, a portfolio and final paper or presentation.

411. Independent Study

Fall, Spring (3,3) Arries, Kulick. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Designed to permit an in-depth study in an area of foreign language pedagogy or second language acquisition not available in current course offerings. A written petition to the instructor and approval are required before registration.

490. Topics in TESOL

Summer (3) Arries, Kulick.

A seminar in foreign language teaching pedagogy for teachers and prospective teachers about second language acquisition with a focus on classroom applications. May be offered abroad by William and Mary faculty; may be repeated for credit If topic varies.

545.  Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Spring, Summer (3) Arries

Instructional methodology for teaching foreign languages including English as a second or foreign language.  Focus on skill development, teaching methodologies, assessment, cultural instruction and technology in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

546.  Foreign Language Acquisition Processes: Theory and Practice

Fall, Summer (3)  Kulick

How are foreign languages acquired?  Factors influencing individual variation in skill and fluency include language transfer, optimal input, age, learning styles, and language dysfunction.  Focus on foreign language acquisition with respect to learning theory, and physical, cognitive and social development.

547.  TESOL Curriculum Design and Materials Development

Fall, Summer (3) Kulick

Curriculum design for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages:  the development of ESL lessons and materials, adaptation of content instrution for English Language Learners; cross-cultural factors faced when integrating ELLs into content classes and communication with ELL family members.