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Teaching English as a Second Language

The Teaching English as a Second Language concentration is an exciting world offering many possibilities to explore. Do you have a heart for missions but don’t know where to start? TESL will get you there. Doors are open all over the world for ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers; even countries that are closed otherwise to the gospel welcome ESL teachers with open arms.

Purpose:

The Teaching English as a Second Language program at Davis College provides specialized training to students desiring to share their faith in closed door nations or in their homeland with the immigrant community in the context of TESL and to thus contribute to the building of the Body of Christ. This program combines a strong Bible and theological foundation with studies in education, anthropology, and cross-cultural communications. Graduates of this program will be prepared to serve as tent maker missionaries in closed dor nations as well as TESL teachers as traditional missionaries in developing nations or among immigrant communities in North America, or to pursue graduate study in TESL.

Objectives:

In addition to the educational objectives of the College, the student graduating with a TESL Concentration will be able to:

  1. Understand and appreciate people of all ages of other cultures and communicate effectively with them.
  2. Identify the needs and aspirations of students in a TESL learning situation and be able to match appropriate language teaching methods and TESL materials to particular students and particular situations.
  3. Teach English, Bible, and share the message of redemption in a skillful, caring, and professional manner to speakers of other languages.
  4. Integrate Bible and the teaching of spiritual truth into a TESL program.
  5. Construct TESL curricula and lesson plans.
  6. Appropriate a general knowledge of linguistic principles to the teaching of English as a second language.
  7. For students choosing TESL 4011, students will be able to train volunteer TESL teachers, organize and administer a TESL program.

Teacher Education Options with a TESL Degree:

Complete your Bachelor’s in the TESL concentration at Davis College, then complete your Master’s at any one of several universities. Certain requirements apply. For details about university options and requirements contact Professor Bonnie Novak.

About this Program:

Complete your Bachelor’s in the TESL concentration at Davis College, then complete your Master’s at any one of several universities. Certain requirements apply. For details about university options and requirements contact Professor Bonnie Novak.

Resources:

Internship Opportunities in the Union Endicott School District: The TESL Concentration maintains an annual contract with the Union-Endicott School District which allows Davis College students to enter the classrooms of various UE schools and experience their internships.