will introduce a new program in the Fall of 2006: TESOL (Teaching English to
Speakers of Other Languages). Approved by NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities) and ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education),
TESOL marks the beginning of an expansion of program offerings at the College
and the Seminary.
shorter certification programs, Multnomah's TESOL program provides thorough
preparation in the theoretical and practical aspects of English language
teaching. "Students will be ready to teach in a wide variety of
situations both in the United
States and abroad," says Kristen Hubert,
chair of the TESOL program. "I believe professional competence is an essential
part of engaging people for Christ in these various settings."
"With the rapid growth of English as a worldwide language,
English language educators have unprecedented opportunities for service in
intercultural settings," says Hubert. "Those interested in teaching English to
speakers of other languages should consider Multnomah's new Intercultural
Studies Track and Certificate Program."
The 18-hour TESOL program can be
added to any major at Multnomah
It has been designed to prepare students to teach English in cross cultural
settings and in other countries, teach ESL in the US, design language programs in countries
where English has growing demand, and pursue graduate studies in TESOL or
applied linguistics. The new program is also anticipated to increase employment
prospects in Oregon
and other states where ESL needs have grown.
According to Hubert, TESOL prepares students for a profession that is
in demand around the world. "English has become the most widely used language
in the world today, particularly in the areas of science, commerce and
education. Students in numerous countries are required to learn English or
choose to learn English in order to pursue careers and academic degrees
requiring proficiency in English. In the US, refugees and immigrants desire
English to provide for and establish themselves in their new homeland. There is considerable demand for qualified
English teachers both here and abroad."
On an institutional level, this
program gives Multnomah another way to fulfill its mission "to
produce, through collegiate education, biblically competent, culturally aware,
maturing servants of Jesus Christ whose love for God, His Word, and people
shapes their lives into a transforming force in the church and world." It
also allows students another way to apply what they've learned in their bible
and theology classes to numerous work settings.
For more information concerning the TESOL program
contact Kristen Hubert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.445.5185