Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

English has rapidly become a global language. Internationally, communication in English is necessary for various fields, such as business, tourism, education, technology, and diplomacy. This vast expansion of English has heightened the demand for qualified teachers who can successfully teach English as a second language. The HPU TESOL program seeks to meet this demand. In addition to teaching, TESOL graduates also find rewarding careers as curriculum developers, home-school advocates, international student advisers, language program administrators, resource teachers, testing experts, teacher trainers, translators, interpreters, and tutors.

Student Spotlight


"The B.A. TESOL program at HPU helped prepare me for teaching through its approach of combining theory with practical application. The program allowed me to work with students from other cultures and helped me gain valuable insights. Without a doubt, it has prepared me for the professional workplace."
Robert “Eric” Henderson (BA TESOL, 2016),
2nd- and 3rd-grade English teacher, Colegio Británico de Cartagena, Colombia.

The TESOL program at HPU offers a student-centered approach to a degree with local relevance and global reach. BA TESOL students work closely with University staff and faculty on teaching and research projects to learn through hands-on experiences. With classmates who are domestic and international students, native and non-native speakers of English, and pre- and in-service teachers, students receive a global education while networking with peers and professionals from around the world.

STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES WILL BE PREPARED TO DEMONSTRATE ASK:

ATTITUDES of a professional: They are collegial toward their peers, enthusiastic toward the profession, and thoughtfully reflective about their teaching practices. They display personal, professional, and cultural sensitivity toward their students.

SKILLS of an effective language teacher: They possess excellent spoken and written English skills. They can critically evaluate ESL or EFL texts, prepare and teach effective lessons, apply sound principles in assessment and feedback, and respond appropriately to student needs in a given class.

KNOWLEDGE of the English language, language learning processes, and pedagogical principles: They can base their teaching on knowledge of the English sound system, grammar, and variations in context; the stages and complexities of second language learning; and communicative language teaching methods.

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • $50 Application Fee
  • SAT I or ACT Scores (freshman only)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume

Diverse Career Paths

NORTH AMERICA

• English as a second language (ESL), in public, private and language schools.

• English programs serving immigrants of all ages

• Foreign language programs

• Immigrant service agencies (teaching languages other than English)

• International student advising offices

 

OVERSEAS

• Workplace English programs (particular in Asia)

• Public and private schools

• Specialized language schools