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An introduction to the concepts and methodology of the scientific study of language; includes language description, history, theory, variation, and semantics as well as first and second language acquisition. (Cross-listed with ENGL 8615).

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1160 or equivalent.

Distribution: U.S. Diversity General Education course and Social Science General Education course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

Vision Statement In the United States, the need for well-prepared language teachers is constant. Teachers are more likely than ever to have the opportunity to teach students who come from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The Department of English offers students the opportunity to obtain a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This is a 15-hour/5-course certificate.  Normally, students are able to complete the certificate requirements within three or four semesters. The TESOL faculty have designed the certificate to help students get up to speed on language theory and pedagogy. You’ll start with ENGL 3610 Introduction to Linguistics , which sets the foundation for upper-division courses. Then, you’ll learn specifics about the English language so that you can explain sounds, words, sentences, and meanings to your students. In addition, you’ll study theories about how adults learn languages as well as strategies for teaching language and designing curriculum. A TESOL certificate does not certify a graduate to teach in Nebraska public schools. Instead, it is an academic credential meant (1) for teachers already certified in other areas, (2) for people who plan to teach in venues other than public schools, and (3) for anyone who works in some capacity with non-native speakers of English. The TESOL Certificate is a rigorous program that will make you very attractive to future employers, whether you remain in the U.S. or work overseas. But learning how to be a good teacher isn’t easy. Are you ready for the challenge? Students in Teacher Education or in Speech/Language Pathology should contact the TESOL director before applying to this program. Program Contact Information Sarah Osborn, PhD, Director 189S Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 402.554.2955 Program Website

Language Teaching, MA

...recommendation are required Applicant must have taken ENGL 3610 or SPAN 4080 or an equivalent...