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


Sampling of program courses:

  • LING 301: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENG 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


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

TESL Opportunities for 2016/2017

  • Brazil: ESL Teacher
    Involves developing an ESL school using a biblically based curriculum
    Two different classroom settings:
    Teaching students in fee-based classes
    Teaching teens from lesser developed parts of the city who are part of the ministry and take English classes in addition to their Bible studies.
    3-6 month commitment, but length of duration is flexible
  • China:
    Language and Culture Exchange

    Involves learning Chinese while also helping Chinese students learn English
    Will be mentored on site by a Christian worker
    Conversational English Teacher
    Involves teaching conversational English to university students in classroom settings
    Involves building lasting relationships with students inside and outside of the classroom through sharing meals and interacting with students
    Involves significant, meaningful interaction of cultures
    Requires respect for the parameters of Chinese culture
    China Trip with Chinese Student Impact (May 17 - June 4, 2017): Visit www.chinesestudentimpact.com to learn more.
  • Cote D'Ivoire:
    ESL Teacher
    Involves developing and running English classes for students who need to pass English exams and for business men who need to learn English
    Survival level of French encouraged
    TEFL/TESL Teacher
    Involves planning and teaching English appropriately to the language level and group characteristics
    Survival level of French or a bi-lingual helper encouraged
    TEFL Intern
    Involves holding English language club meetings twice weekly to help high-schoolers improve their English capacity after school
    Also presents ministry opportunities in translation or video/audio recording work
    French helpful
  • Guinea:
    English/Computer Teacher
    Involves teaching English as well as teaching computer information while learning French and Maninka as needed
    Other ministry opportunities such as evangelism, discipleship, and church planting available as the ministry develops
    Short and Long-term internships
    English Language and Ministry Center TESL Intern
    Involves teaching/tutoring college-age and adult students primarily from an Islamic background
    Uses a pre-selected curriculum, but is flexible for personalization
    French knowledge preferable, but French tutoring will be available for long-term interns
  • Japan: Summer ESL Workers
    Involves teaching conversational English classes, assisting the church in outreach, with other possibilities for participation in one's area of interest (i.e. music, children, etc.)
  • Pakistan: ESL Teacher
    Involves teaching English writing and speaking skills to nursing staff at a hospital in rural Pakistan
  • Austria: English Camp and Vision Trip Team Member
    Involves creative English outreach and opportunities in music ministry, youth ministry, and church planting

Selected Internship/Career Opportunities

"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