Applied Linguistics or Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) is a new minor offered by the Department of Modern Languages to enrich and expand students’ knowledge of linguistics, language, and language-learning. The minor will be particularly interesting to students who want to teach English overseas, pursue graduate work, or work in natural language processing (NLP).
What Will I Study?
- This 18-credit hour program consists of five core courses and one elective that can be selected from linguistics, psychology, education, English, sociology, or communications
- The program offers courses in applied linguistics and focuses on examining the phonology, grammar, and morphology of North American English.
- The program provides an overview of theories of language learning and methodologies for teaching a second language.
Who Can Benefit?
- Students majoring or minoring in Spanish, French, German, English, international relations, and education who wish to:
- live and teach English abroad
- teach in private schools, intensive language institutes, and businesses
- join the Peace Corps
- volunteer with nonprofit service organizations
- Students majoring in psychology who are interested in second language processing and development.
- Students majoring in computer science who are interested in:
- natural language processing
- text-to-speech synthesis
- automatic speech recognition
Dr. Lisa R. Pierce
Director of English as a Second Language (ESL)Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics