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 French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

For more information, contact Gina Petrie, PhD at 509.359.6124.

Curriculum & Requirements

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.

Notes:

  • 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
SECOND-YEAR GERMAN
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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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Teaching English as a Second Language B.A., students 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.