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.

Foundation and Core Courses

Foundation Course
Select one course from the following:3
Linguistic Variation
Introduction to Linguistic Analysis (Mason Core)
Core Courses
LING 321Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)3
LING 322English Grammar and Pedagogy3
LING 323English Pronunciation and Pedagogy3
LING 342Second Language Acquisition3
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
Syntax A
Phonology A
Semantics and Pragmatics
Independent Study
LING 525
Total Credits3

Other relevant courses may be applied to the minor with the prior written approval of the director. 


Students must have approval from the linguistics director to register for 500-level courses.