Bachelor of Arts in English as a Second Language

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In the Bachelor of Arts in English as a Second Language Program, you’ll study language acquisition and teaching methods. You’ll also learn a second language yourself, with courses to choose from in Spanish and Japanese.

For more information, contact Renne Kenney at reneek@ewu.edu

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Curriculum & Requirements

English as a Second Language Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

This 54–55 credit English as a Second Language major requires the completion of a minor or certificate approved by an ESLG advisor.

The English as Second Language Program offers a major for those students preparing to teach English language learners who wish to demonstrate their own commitment to learning an additional language.

For those seeking a Washington State P–12 teaching certificate, this major does not provide an endorsable major, it does provide an endorsable minor.

Note:

  • additional upper-division courses are required to meet the university's graduation requirements (UGR);
  • this major requires the completion of a minor—students need to declare a minor separate from the language requirement embedded in the major.

Grade Requirements: a cumulative GPA of ≥2.7 is required.

Required Core Courses
ENGL 360LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND USE5
ESLG 470JOINING THE TESOL PROFESSION1
ESLG 472TEACHING ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES3
ESLG 480SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
ESLG 481METHODS AND MATERIALS IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE4
ESLG 488SECOND LANGUAGE PRINT LITERACY THEORIES3
ESLG 489CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM4
ESLG 492SECOND LANGUAGE LITERACY PLACEMENT AND ASSESSMENT3
Required Practicum6
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE PRACTICUM (this variable credit practicum must be repeated for three quarters (1, 2, 3 credits) for a total of 6 credits.)
Capstone Requirement–choose any Senior Capstone4-5
These capstone courses are suggested but not required.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CAPSTONE (for students who choose ESLG as a second major, the capstone requirement will be met by the completion of the primary major's capstone.)
INTERDISCIPLINARY SR CAPSTONE
Required–complete one of the following areas17
French
SECOND-YEAR FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE I
SECOND-YEAR FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE II
SECOND YEAR FRENCH III
Choose an upper-division FREN elective
German
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN AND CULTURE
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN AND CULTURE
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN AND CULTURE
Choose an upper-division GERM elective
Japanese
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE AND CULTURE
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE AND CULTURE
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE AND CULTURE
Choose an upper-division JAPN elective
Spanish
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH AND CULTURE
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH AND CULTURE
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH AND CULTURE
Choose an upper-division SPAN elective
Total Credits54-55

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General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


General Education Requirements (GER)

  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
World Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.
Requirements in Degree Works are based on these two catalog years:

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who earn a BA in English as a Second Language from EWU should be able to:

  • demonstrate intermediate level of proficiency on the ACTFL scale in a foreign language;
  • design optimal language learning environments grounded in research related to second language acquisition;
  • effectively assess language learning development;
  • employ a disposition of cultural humility in teaching-related communications;  
  • plan instruction that is appropriate for students' cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds.

Sample Courses

ESLG 472. TEACHING ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: junior standing.
This course provides students who teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP) with the theory, tools and strategies needed to plan and implement effective instruction that takes into account the language of a workplace. Students will learn the pedagogy of teaching ESP while exploring the language needed for such contexts as Tour Guiding and Hotel Employment.

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ESLG 488. SECOND LANGUAGE PRINT LITERACY THEORIES. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ESLG 480 and ESLG 481.
This course examines current and seminal research that provides insight into the factors affecting the development of literacy by second language learners. Topics covered include prior literacy backgrounds, home-school connections, orthographies, and vocabulary development.

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ESLG 489. CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM. 4 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the various cultural and linguistic backgrounds in the region. It covers the impact of background cultures on the interactions that occur and expectations that exist in school environments. It also provides an understanding of the role of culture in developing theories about what it means 'to read'.

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ESLG 480. SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ENGL 360 or permission of instructor.
This course briefly reviews the various linguistic systems and their importance in language learning. Acquisition theories are introduced. The developmental process of interlanguage and the factors that impact effective language learning are covered. This course includes practical understanding of how SLA theories relate to instructional choices.

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