The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) minor develops knowledge and skills necessary to teach English as a second or foreign language in a wide variety of cross-cultural settings.
The TEFL minor equips students to:
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of linguistics and second language acquisition (SLA).
- Make informed decisions concerning the use of materials, methods, and procedures appropriate for effective second language teaching.
- Draw upon practical experience in planning and developing lessons for teaching English to speakers of other languages.
- Apply principles and rationale for using English language teaching as a means of ministering cross-culturally.
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Students who graduate with a minor in TEFL are able to work and teach in a wide variety of educational settings both here in the United States and abroad. These opportunities range from volunteer positions in church run ESL programs, to paid positions in intensive adult ESL programs, to university teaching positions overseas.