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Teaching English as a Second Language

Program Lead: Diane Ogden
Phone: (435) 283-7436
Email: ude.wons@nedgo.enaid

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.

Mission Statement

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages by providing them with a basic knowledge of language systems, sociolinguistics, language acquisition theory, assessment and methods for teaching English as a second language. This innovative program offers students the opportunity to interact with the international student community at Snow College in the ESL curriculum. It also contributes to the global experience of the surrounding communities and beyond.  


TESL Certificate

The TESL Certificate of Proficiency is available for students who complete the TESL major.

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 a Bachelor's Degree in TESOL.

First Semester
Course Description Credits
TESL 1400 Language Teaching Methods 3
Foreign Language 1 1010 or higher (If non-native speaker of English: ESL completion or iBT TOEFL 63) 4
LING 2650 Language in Society 3
TESL 1050 International Partners 1
TESL 1997 Practicum 2
  Total Credits 13
Second Semester
Course Description Credits
TESL 2300 Testing and Evaluation* 1
TESL 1150 Community Outreach 1
TESL 1600 Strategies for Language Learning* 1
Foreign Language 2 1010 or higher (different language from Language 1) 4
LING 2660 Intro to Language Systems 3
TESL 1997 Practicum 2
ANTH 1000
GEOG 1300
SOC 1010
Choose 1 3
  Total Credits 15

* Online course