Learning Outcomes

The TESOL program aims to prepare teachers of ESOL who will be successful classroom teachers in a wide variety of institutional settings and cultural contexts. We expect our graduates to be effective educational leaders, advocates, and change agents.

Throughout the TESOL program, you will have opportunities to develop and demonstrate the following eight competencies, which have been adapted from the national Guidelines for the Certification and Preparation of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in the United States (TESOL, March, 1975). To learn more, 2012_TESOL_Handbook_(rev._9-2012) a PDF of the complete guidelines here.

To achieve the objectives of your role as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, you are expected to: 

  • Have personal qualities, which contribute to your success as a classroom teacher, insure understanding and respect for your students and their cultural setting, and make you a perceptive and involved member of your community.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English at a level commensurate with your role as a language model.
  • Have had the experience of learning another language and acquiring knowledge of its structure; and have a conscious perception of another cultural system.
  • Understand the nature of language; the fact of social, regional, and functional language varieties, the structure and development of the English language systems, and the culture of English-speaking people.
  • Have a knowledge of the process of language acquisition as it concerns first and subsequent language learning and as it varies at different age levels; and understand the effects on language learning of socio-cultural variables in the instructional situation.
  • Have an understanding of the principles of language pedagogy and the demonstrated ability, gained by actual teaching experience, to apply these principles as needed to various classroom situations and instructional materials.
  • Have an understanding of the principles, and an ability to apply the techniques and interpret the results of second-language assessment of student progress and proficiency; and an ability to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching materials, procedures, and curricula.
  • Have a sophisticated understanding of the factors which contribute to the life styles of various peoples, and which determine both their uniqueness and their interrelationships in a pluralistic society.

Throughout the TESOL program, you will have opportunities to develop and demonstrate the following eight competencies, which have been adapted from the national Guidelines for the Certification and Preparation of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in the United States (TESOL, March, 1975). To learn more, TESOL_Handbook_2014 a PDF of the complete guidelines here found on page 8.