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Program Overview

This minor in English as a Second Language (ESL) prepares students currently pursuing a BS in education to teach English to speakers of other languages in the state of Michigan's K-12 school system.

This program prepares students to enter a diverse classroom with the ability to

  • Work with diverse student populations with varying English language ability
  • Understand the cultural basis of language, and language learning
  • Design appropriate curriculum and materials for English Language Learners
  • Apply the techniques of second language acquisition to instruction and assessment
  • Serve as a resource for their colleagues and community

Our ESL Students at Work

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Students enrolled in the ESL minor and TESOL certificate have the opportunity to volunteer in the local schools or the university's English Language Institute. 

Read more about what our students are doing here.

Meet Your Ambassadors


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Aubri Schultz

I’m a senior here at CMU. I’m pursuing elementary education with a major in Language Arts and a minor in English as a second language (ESL). In my spare time I enjoy doing anything crafty and spending time with my friends.


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Madi Farstvedt

I’m going into elementary education with a major in language arts and a minor in English as a second language. I am a senior at Central and my interests include hammocking, playing soccer, and volunteering at the animal shelter on my free days. I have a heart for working with children and I want to make a huge difference in their lives.



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Eve Sypien

I’m in my third year here at CMU. I’m an elementary education student with a double minor in English as a second language and Early Childhood Development and Learning. Some other things I do are travel (both in the States and internationally) and I’m super passionate about sustainability. I’m a certified Scuba Diver and love anything that takes me to the water!

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Tamera Tanalski

I graduated from CMU in 2019. I’ve studied abroad in South Korea, teaching students English in 2014. I also had an ESL internship for grades K-5 in Spring 2019 at Valley View Elementary. I’m a huge FC Barcelona fútbol fan!





Image of Maddie Cummins-FreundMaddie Cummins-Freund

I am from Haslett Michigan. I am a senior at CMU pursuing a degree in elementary education. My major is language arts and my minors include English as a second language and reading. I love working with children and making pottery in my spare time!



Program Requirements (24 credit hours)

Required Courses I

ENG 175 - The Nature of Language
ENG 375 - Introduction to Linguistics
ENG 571 - Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
ENG 574 - TESOL Materials, Assessment, Curriculum
ENG 577 - Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

Required Courses II

ENG 578 - Applied Sociolinguistics

Electives I 

Select one of the following:

CDO 130 - Normal Speech and Language Acquisition
ENG 573 - Linguistics and Reading

Electives II

Select one of the following:

COM 195 - Intercultural Communication
SPE 550WI - Teaching Diverse Students in Educational Settings

Required Language

Two years of a world language

Our Faculty

Dr. April Burke, Director of ESL Minor:  email | webpage
Dr. Tracy Davis email | webpage
Dr. Rich Forest email | webpage
Dr. Cathy Hicks Kennard email 
Dr. William Spruiell email | webpage

Related programs offered by Central Michigan University

ESL Endorsement for K-12 Teachers  For more information contact Dr. April Burke  email

Undergraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages