Do you have a heart for teaching and a desire to effectively meet language needs in our world? The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program equips students with linguistic knowledge, pedagogical skill, cultural competency, and professional resources necessary to become competent, highly-effective teaching professionals. You will collaborate with classmates as you learn best-practice teaching methods and versatile techniques from faculty experts. With a B.A. in TESOL from Multnomah University, you will have numerous opportunities to serve local or international communities in schools, mission organizations, and community centers.

Ways to study

Undergraduate (Major or Minor) | On-campus

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Teach Locally or Internationally

This program features hands-on learning with international practicums and local, on-campus opportunities. You will gain invaluable skills and sensitivities needed to work effectively with people from different languages and cultures. You have the option to complete a practicum requirement by teaching community language learners on-campus or teaching anywhere in the world with an internet connection. A faculty mentor will work with you every step of the way, no matter where your journey takes you. You may also choose to participate in an MU-sponsored English Bible camp in Japan.

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Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

After exposure to research and theory related to the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, current methodologies will be examined and used to formulate materials and lessons for classroom implementation.

This course provides a survey of descriptive English grammar that will equip students to teach the grammar structures that prove most challenging for second language learners.

A practical extension of LIN445, this course addresses learner needs and helps students create courses, develop and evaluate ESOL materials, prepare lesson plans, and construct assessment tools.

The practicum serves to give students a supervised teaching experience in an authentic English-language learning classroom. Students will also meet with faculty and classroom teachers to assist in processing and integrating previously learned material with their present experience. This practicum can be completed on-campus through our community ESOL classes. It can also be fulfilled through other teaching assignments including area colleges, community organizations, on-campus English and culture camp, or a study abroad experience.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree. Whether you are beginning college for the first time or are a transfer student, we’ve got you covered.

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Meet Your Professors

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Kristyn Kidney, M.A.
Assistant Professor and Chair, TESOL; Director, Master of Arts in TESOL

God of Everything

God of Language

Professor Kristyn Kidney, M.A. approaches TESOL with an appreciation for language as a gift from God. She and the other TESOL professors at Multnomah believe language is a tool that has the opportunity to connect people from a variety of backgrounds and all around the globe.

Career Placement

Whether students are looking to teach overseas or in the U.S., the demand for highly trained English language teachers is on the rise.

With your B.A. in TESOL, you will be equipped for a variety of roles, such as:

• ESOL Instructor • ESOL Program Director • Teacher
• Academic Advisor • Online Language Teacher • Teacher Abroad
• Missionary • Textbook or Materials Author

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