Modern Languages

Academics

Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (B.A.)


Residential Program

A major in teaching English as a second language will provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of second language acquisition and teaching methods and materials. Students will also learn about the syntax and phonology of the major languages of the world and develop solutions to various cross-cultural and cross-linguistic problems involved in oral and written communications.


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Academic Information

Courses

Sampling of program courses:

  • LING 213: Introduction to Linguistics
  • TESL 333: Modern Grammar
  • TESL 403: Second Language Acquisition
  • TESL 405: Issues and Practices in TESL
  • TESL 499: Internship in TESL

Degree Options

B.A. in TESL

  • 36 credit hours classroom courses
  • 40 clock hours practicum experience
  • 3 credit hours (135 clock hours) internship in TESL
  • Degree Completion Plan (DCP)

B.A. in TESL with Teacher Licensure

  • 33 credit hours classroom courses
  • 40 clock hours practicum experience
  • 31 credit hours Teacher Licensure (including 250 hour student teaching)
  • Degree Completion Plan (DCP)

B.A. Individualized Study Degree with TESL/GLST (see CASAS)

  • 21 credit hours in TESL classroom hours
  • 3 credit hours (135 clock hours) internship in TESL*
  • 21 credit hours in GLST classroom hours
  • 3 credit hours (135 clock hours) GLST internship*
  • * Requires one full semester of living abroad
  • May vary as curriculum develops

CLEP

Students with prior language study are encouraged to consider CLEP for lower level language credits.


Selected Internship/Career Opportunities

Testimony from former student

"The TESL/FL program shaped me as an educator and as a person.  I was surrounded by incredible professors who genuinely care for their students and instill a love of learning.  I have received many compliments about my teaching techniques and knowledge of ESL learners from other teachers, and it is because of the solid TESL/FL program at Liberty University."-Alexis Hagopian, TESL/FL major