I taught English at a junior high school in Japan from 2007 – 2010 through the JET Program. Participating in JET provided a great opportunity to gain teaching experience in an EFL classroom setting, while also learning about Japanese culture. Returning to the US, I started the MA TESOL/Linguistics program at BSU and continued to work with international students on campus. Studying TESOL opened opportunities to teach around the world, make a strong impact in the classroom, travel, learn about different cultures, and is still incredibly useful in my current career path.

~Leslie Erlenbaugh, International Student Academic Advisor, BA English Literature, MA TESOL/Linguistics


Interested in a career in teaching English abroad? Want to work with linguistically and culturally diverse people? The minor in TESOL offers the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching English to non-native speakers of English both domestically and internationally.

Knowledge you will gain through the minor includes:

  • Linguistic, psychological, and sociocultural factors in learning/teaching English as a second/foreign language
  • Second language teaching methods
  • How to plan a lesson and create teaching materials
  • How to assess student learning

The minor in TESOL begins in Fall 2016. Get in on the ground floor of this exciting new opportunity!

For more information, contact Lynne Stallings, download our brochure or check out the degree requirements.