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On Campus Opportunities

For more than 30 years, Maryville College has operated an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program on its campus. Every five weeks, the College welcomes new students from around the world who wish to improve their English language skills. Students majoring in TESL have the opportunity to interact in both formal and informal settings with students from a wide variety of countries, to observe ESL classes, and potentially to pursue work-study or internship arrangements with the ESL program.

Meet a current student

Arieal Burton ’17
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.

Arieal spent the Spring 2016 semester studying at the Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. After graduation, she hopes to return to the region to teach in an elementary school. At MC, she spends time with the College’s international students and volunteering with the East Tennessee Japanese School (ETJS), which meets weekly on campus. Working with the ETJS allows her to practice her minor in Japanese. “I learn languages well, I like to teach, and I strive to be helpful, so becoming a TESL major/Japanese minor was a very easy decision for me,” she said. “Maryville College gives me practice and opportunities to observe and work beside people in my field in this community.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Nikki Wilks ’12
Currently: English Teacher at Kingsbury High School in Memphis, Tenn.

Although Nikki didn’t know she would be teaching English instead of ESL when she graduated, her major prepared her for her role at Kingsbury, one of the most diverse schools in Memphis, Tenn. “Kingsbury’s students speak 22 native languages. Nearly 20 percent of them are immigrants or refugees from more than two dozen countries. I’m getting to experience cultural diversity that would be hard to come by unless I was an extensive world traveler,” she explained. “Maryville requires a minor in a foreign language because they want us to know what it feels like. It’s helped me be more patient in the classroom and get more creative with the way I’m teaching.”

Why study Teaching English as a Second Language at MC?

TESL Program Overview

Teaching English as a Second Language: A major that emphasizes the integrated study of linguistics, second language acquisition, the psychology of language development with the pedagogical skills required to teach English as a second language in the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade setting.

Majors in this area of study also acquire a minor in a foreign language.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Course Offerings

The Major in Teaching English as a Second Language is offered as an initial endorsement teacher licensure program for teaching pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The major is interdisciplinary and also requires the equivalent of the completion of a foreign language minor. The Major requires 25 credit hours in major courses and a minimum of 15 credit hours equivalent to a minor in one of the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, or American Sign Language.

Required courses:

ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)
ENG 311: History of the English Language (3 hrs.)
ENG 312: Linguistic Theory and Second Language Acquisition (3 hrs.)
ENG 351-352: Senior Thesis (6 hrs.)
HUM 347: Research in the Humanities (1 hr.)
PSY 211: Child Development (3 hrs.)
PSY 306: Language Development (3 hrs.)
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)

Additional liberal studies courses include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)

Requirements for the mandatory foreign language minor may be found under Spanish, German, or American Sign Language. The minor in German requires a period of study abroad.



Also required are 31 credit hours in professional education courses listed below:

PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 303: Models of Classroom Instruction (K-6)(2 hrs.)
EDU 305: Strategies for Classroom Management (K-6) (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 323: Reading and Writing (K-4) (3 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (6 hrs. required)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)

Student teaching involves a full semester, with experiences in teaching English as a second language at both the pre-K-5 and 6-12 settings.