Multnomah University

TESOL

With the continued growth of English as a worldwide language, professionals teaching English to speakers of other languages have numerous opportunities for service in schools, community centers, mission organizations, and more. Individuals who are passionate about engaging the international community will find that TESOL offers an excellent platform.

Job outlook

“Given the broad geographic spread of English, and the variety of world Englishes being spoken globally, English is seen less and less as a “foreign” language, and more as an additional language. In other words, learning English is no longer viewed as something optional, but essential. English has become the most widely taught language in the world.”  -- TESOL Position Statement on English as a Global Language (2008)

Whether students are looking to teach overseas or in the US, the demand for highly trained English language teachers is on the rise.  As the discipline of English language teaching has expanded its horizons, there is a great demand, not just for teachers, but for highly qualified and trained professionals who can implement best practices in diverse classrooms and help their students achieve success.  

Points of distinction

  • We offer an overseas practicum opportunity.  Students have the option to participate in a week-long English Bible Camp in Kobe, Japan.
  • We provide on-campus teaching practice through Multnomah’s Community ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program. 
  • Through our coursework students will receive a balance of the necessary theoretical foundations and practical techniques for professional language teaching.
  • Our programs seek to help students integrate faith with educational practice.
  • Our students are prepared to skillfully serve diverse student populations in the U.S. and around the world

Program options

  • ESOL Endorsement – For students who already have or are working toward a degree in education, we offer a 14 semester hour licensure track program.  This program can be completed via evening and summer courses.  An ESOL Endorsement gives students the opportunity to pursue state teaching licensure and become eligible to teach ESL in a K-12 teaching environment.
  • BA with a Major in TESOL – The major consists of 30 semester hours of Intercultural Studies and Linguistics in addition to the Bible and General Education requirements.
  • BA with a minor in TESOL- The minor consists of 18 hours of TESOL and Intercultural Studies coursework Linguistics in addition to the Bible and General Education requirements.
  • Advanced Certificate - Any Multnomah student completing the 6 TESOL core courses (18 semester-hours)  earns an Advanced Certificate in TESOL.  This certificate program is available for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are not seeking a full degree from Multnomah.
  • Foundations in TESOL Certificate – This three-credit hour (one course) introductory certificate course provides instruction for those wishing to gain initial exposure to TESOL theory and practice. Content includes a broad overview of general principles of language learning and teaching and an introduction to the teaching of each skill area

Outcomes

  • Understand universal components of language. (TE1)
  • Gain exposure to current language acquisition theory. (TE2)
  • Understand theoretical foundations and practical approaches for teaching each skill area. (TE3)
  • Skillfully employ a wide variety of teaching techniques. (TE4)
  • Design curriculum for language courses. (TE5)
  • Understand the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and educational contexts in which English is taught around the world. (TE6)

Common career paths

  • The major, minor, or certificate programs provide students with a variety of employment opportunities including:
  • Teaching English in the U.S. to refugees and immigrants through community-based programs
  • Teaching abroad in elementary and secondary educational settings, language schools, and multinational corporations.
  • Becoming a teacher-trainer and curriculum developer for global ministries’ organizations

Real-world learning opportunities 

  • Students spend time observing a variety of ESL classrooms and reflecting on their observations.
  • Students have the option to participate in a week-long English Bible Camp in Kobe, Japan as an overseas practicum.
  • We provide on-campus teaching practice through Multnomah’s Community ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program.  Students teach English classes for international adults in our local community.

Meet Your Professors

fall 2015 linguistics Courses:

lecture

LIN415 (01) Introduction to Linguistics Mrs. Kristi French
LIN445 (01) Foundations of ESOL/TESOL Ms. Kristyn Kidney
LIN455 (01) Course & Curriculum Development Mr. Michael Bess