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This minor helps prepare undergraduate students to teach non-native speakers of English in the United States or abroad. This course of study combines linguistic theory, second language acquisition theory, and ESL teaching methodology.

The minor may be pursued concurrently with any undergraduate major. English majors concentrating in linguistics can apply up to nine credits in LING used for the major to the TESL minor.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: TESL

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

LING 306General Linguistics (Mason Core)3
LING 307English Grammar3
LING 521Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language 13
LING 523English Phonetics 13
LING 582Second Language Acquisition 13
Total Credits15


Select one elective course from the following: 13
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Mason Core)
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Semantics and Pragmatics
Syntax I
Generative Phonology
Independent Study
Practicum in ESL 2
Total Credits3