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The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor is a set of courses related to teaching English to speakers of other languages. This minor primarily is for students who are interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages, but it is also appropriate for students who are going into social work or other professions that require regular interaction with nonnative English speakers. It also benefits students who want to later pursue ESL certification or an M.A. in TESOL at UNH or another institution.
Furthermore, the TESOL Minor appeals to students who are interested in teaching ESOL in non-K-12 settings, either in the U.S. or abroad. In the U.S. this includes teaching at the post-secondary level, e.g. community colleges, academic enrichment centers at Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and at adult learning centers. For students interested in teaching abroad, the TESOL Minor provides a competitive edge over other BS/BA candidates, including prestigious opportunities such as the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program.  The Minor is also attractive to students who are interested in using the credential to pursue overseas opportunities (e.g., Fulbright, Peace Corps, World Teach), and, in addition, opens up new international job-seeking possibilities.

For the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor at UNH Manchester, students must complete 20 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in these courses overall and with no individual grade lower than a C-. No more than 8 transfer credits will be accepted.

Required courses
EDUC 712Teaching Multilingual Learners 14
ENGL 716Curriculum, Materials and Assessment in English as a Second Language4
ENGL 791English Grammar4
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching (with an ESOL placement)4
EDUC 797Special Topics in Education (related to TESOL) 24
Total Credits20

Since 1998, EDUC 712 Teaching Multilingual Learners has been recognized by the Durham English Department as the equivalent of ENGL 715 Teaching English as a Second Language: Theory and Methods


Special topics in the past have included: "Language and Culture in Schools & Schooling"; "The Immigrant Experience in Film and Literature"; and "Sociolinguistics and Socioliteracies"

For more information, contact Judy Sharkey, associate professor of education at judy.sharkey@unh.edu or Susanne Paterson, Literary Arts & Studies Program Coordinator at susanne.paterson@unh.edu.