Program Description: The Certificate Program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a non-degree option that prepares students to teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of situations ranging from public school instruction to community college instruction to overseas instruction. It is well-suited for both those who have a background in education as well as those who wish to make a career change and move into an exciting and diverse field. The topics covered are governed by the guidelines established for the English as a Second Language Curriculum by the NC Department of Public Instruction.
The program enable students to analyze the linguistic components of English- syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, phonetics, and discourse. Students also cover sociolinguistic questions concerning the relationship of language to culture and issues related to dialects and varieties of English. In addition, students will study language acquisition and have opportunities to apply theoretical insight to the practical task of designing and implementing lesson plans and courses of study.
A student who selects the TESOL Certificate Program must successfully complete the following 18 hours of graduate coursework in TESOL: