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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Concentration - Liberal Studies

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This is a concentration within the Bachelor of Arts program in Liberal Studies.  Please view the information for the Department of Liberal Studies  in conjunction with this concentration information.

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The TESOL Concentration in Liberal Studies is an excellent undergraduate preparation for California teaching credentials, and provides minimum preparation for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in language institutes in the U.S. or overseas. With the increasingly multi-cultural and multi-lingual makeup of our public schools, and the need for ESL approaches in the K-12 classrooms, the TESOL Concentration is increasingly valued by California school districts. The concentration does not require fluency in any language other than English.


Fluency Requirement & TESOL Certificate

Fluency in a foreign language is not required for the TESOL Concentration. However, the TESOL Concentration for the Liberal Studies (undergraduate, pre- credential) program includes a language requirement that parallels the requirement in the credential programs. The credential programs require at least three units of a college-level foreign language, or the equivalent, i.e., two years of high-school foreign language, a community college course, a High Intensity Language Teaching (HILT) course, study abroad, or demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language. (See “Options for Completing the Second Language Experience” in Credential Office.) See your advisor about how to meet this requirement.

Liberal Studies students who wish to complete a TESOL Certificate  (to complement their Liberal Studies Concentration) will need to take three additional courses: (1) ENGL 4600 - Tutorial Projects in English , (2) a British or World Literature course (2000 or above), and (3) an American Literature class (at 2000 or above) .

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