TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language. The TESL minor at Muskingum University enables students to teach English to non-native English speakers all over the world, as globalization is spreads and more people are immigrating to English-speaking countries. 

Many institutions, both American and overseas, are in need of qualified people to teach English at all levels of study. Many of our study abroad students get jobs overseas as English instructors, but being a native-English speaker is not enough to prepare you teach the language. Many situations require potential teachers to have a TESL minor or certificate in order to teach English. Having a TESL minor can prepare you pedagogically to teach the language. If you are planning on studying abroad, working on or having a TESL minor can give you valuable skills to offer to non-native English speakers as an English tutor. You can also use your TESL minor after you graduate. There are opportunities to teach English all over the world. TESL can open up many new opportunities for employment.

The TESL minor matches well with any major; it is a great complement to degrees in Education, World Languages, International Affairs, International Business, and many others. Adding TESL to your current major simply gives you another skill set to offer.

TESL Course Offerings

101. ESL Listening and Speaking (3)
102. ESL Reading and Writing (3)
103. Introduction to American Culture for Non-native English Speakers (2)
104. Academic English for Non-Native English Speakers (3)
251. ESL Conversation Table for Non-Native English Speakers (1)
351. ESL Conversation Table for Non-Native English Speakers (1)

World Language Course Offerings (WRLD)

200. Cross-Cultural Communication (3)
250. Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (3)
300. TESOL Methods and Approaches (3)
360. Topics in World Language and Culture (1-3)
375. English for TESL (3)
397. Methods in Teaching World Languages (3)

Minor Requirements (19 credit hours)

  • WRLD 200: Cross-Cultural Communications
  • WRLD 300: TESOL Methods and Approaches
  • ENGL 361: Language: Structure and Usage
  • WRLD 397: Methods in Teaching World Languages
  • FREN, GERM, or SPAN 211 (or completion of another college course, at or above the intermediate level, taught in a non-native language)


Students with four years of study in high school language are not permitted to take the beginning-level (111) language classes for graduation credit. Students with three years of high school language usually begin on the intermediate level (211). The World Language Department aids students in determining the level at which they should begin their college language study.
Native speakers of a foreign language who wish to enroll in a course in their native language are encouraged to enroll in an upper-level literature or culture course. Such students should seek the advice of the instructor or the department chair if they have questions about which course to take. Students interested in a language major should contact the department chair at the
earliest opportunity to ensure fulfillment of all requirements for the major.

Contact Information

Merilinn McCollum, Director of International Admission & Immigration Services Operations, Coordinator of Study Abroad, English Support Program Coordinator
Muskingum University
163 Stormont St.
New Concord, OH 43762
Email: mccollum@muskingum.edu

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