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Images of students taking classes through the English Language Institute at Central Michigan University.

Program Overview

This minor in English as a Second Language (ESL) prepares students 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.

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