TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)



The Associate of Arts Degree is offered primarily for students who plan to seek employment teaching their native language as a second or foreign language immediately after completing their program of study. The majority of the training for this degree concentrates on specific techniques and practicum courses for the teaching of second and foreign languages. 

As this is intended primarily as a vocational degree, many of the course credits required for graduation are specific to the teaching of second or foreign languages. However, students are also required to complete a specific number of instructional hours directed at assuring that they are proficient in applying communication, computation, interpersonal, and leadership skills to their employment. Some students who complete this degree will teach second or foreign languages outside of the United States. Others will transfer to senior institutions with full junior standing to complete their baccalaureate degree. 

The program also prepares students for employment within the United States as teachers in adult education programs and as aides, teacher assistants, or tutors in the public schools. In addition to general education courses required for the AA degree, the TESL curriculum includes a language requirement and TESL courses designed to give maximum teaching and learning experience.  

TESL Certificate

The TESL Certificate is available for students who complete the TSFL major.  The TSFL Certificate is equivalent to TESL/TEFL certificates.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree in TESOL after graduating from Snow College with an emphasis in TESL should consider Brigham Young University-Hawaii. BYU-Hawaii offers 1 scholarship per year to Snow College TESL graduates. For more information, contact Mark James at mailto:jamesm@byuh.edu.


This course provides new international students who are not in ESL classes with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to become successful students in the United States of America. Topics such as culture shock, health, organization, visa issues, banking, career planning, law, and adjustment are covered in this repeatable course.

TESL 1050 F1 & 2, S1 & 2 (1:1:2)
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS (Repeatable for Credit)
(formerly TESL 105R)
International and American students will be matched as partners for the duration of one session (8 weeks). Stu­dents will participate in activities together and respond to the experiences in a journal. There are required journalizing activities planned by the course instructor as well as activities decided on by the partners. This course may be repeated.

TESL 1150 F1 & 2, S1 & 2 (1:1:3)
COMMUNITY OUTREACH (Repeatable for Credit)
(formerly TESL 115R)

International and American students will prepare oral presentations representing select aspects of a foreign culture of their choice. These cultural presentations will be performed to community organizations such as schools, churches, civic clubs and governmental groups in the surrounding area. This course may be repeated.

TESL 1400 F (4:4:0)

This is an introductory course in techniques of language teaching. Beginning with a brief historical survey of language teaching, the course continues on to the cur­rent trends in language teaching. Students will under­stand language acquisition theory in relation to teach­ing practice. There is a technology component in this course, so students will learn how to use technology and other types of equipment appropriately in class­room situations. Preparation and presentation of lesson plans is a major focus of this course.

TESL 1600 F2, S2 (1:2:0)

This course will focus on understanding the process of language learning and on developing strategies for successful language learning. Students in the course will find that successful language learning is possible for everyone and begin to create their own preferred pathway to proficiency.

TESL 1997, 1998, 1999 (1-3 Credits)

This course is offered through Cooperative Education. Students in the TESL AAS program are required to work in a language classroom in order to earn credit. SNOW COLLEGE 2006-2007 244
Students make goals, follow a plan to achieve the goals, keep a journal, and write a final report.

Prerequisites and/or Co-requisites: Concurrent enrollment in TESL 1400 or completion of TESL 1400

TESL 2300 S (1:1:0)
This course familiarizes potential teachers of second and foreign languages with theory and techniques in the construction, analysis, use and interpretation of second language tests. It also introduces useful techniques of teacher self-evaluation to improve the quality of instruc­tion.

TESL 2650 (HU) F (3:3:0)

We are all intimately familiar with at least one language: our own. Few native speakers, however, stop to con­sider what they know about their own language and how their language shapes daily life. This course will pro­vide students with a basic introduction to language and the relationship of language to society. Examples will be taken from a wide variety of languages and cultures.

TESL 2660 (HU) S (3:3:0)

A general introduction to the theory of language, this course will focus on language systems, with particular attention to phonology, morphology, syntax and seman­tics. Examples of general linguistic principles will be drawn from English as well as other languages known to the people who teach the course.

TESL 2700 S (1:1:0)

This course is intended for students nearing the end of their professional training in TESL. It will provide information about and practice in the process of find­ing rewarding work in the field of language teaching, particularly overseas.

TESL 2800 FS (1-2 Cr.)

(formerly TESL 280R)

Involves a special project where there is a demon­strated need which cannot be met through enrollment in a regularly scheduled course. Also could include a special projects of unusual merit in furthering a student’s professional goals. Student(s) must be able to sustain and complete independent learning projects. Provides a framework for developing and enhancing student abili­ties to do lucid thinking. Requires approval of instruc­tor, division dean and curriculum committee.

TESL 2997, 2998, 2999 FS (1-3 Cr.)

This course is offered through Cooperative Education. Students in the TESL AAS program are required to work in a language classroom in order to earn credit. Students may tutor, work as conversation partners, or work as an assistant with the course instructor. Students make goals and follow a plan to achieve the goals.




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