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Majors and Minors: ESL Minors

Minors in English as a Second Language

If you want to minor in English as a second language, you will likely fall into one of two categories:

1) Those who wish to be certified to teach in elementary and secondary schools in the United States and Canada. You may choose one of these minors:

2) Those who do not seek teacher certification but who wish to teach English to nonnative speakers of English, either in nontraditional educational settings within the United States and Canada or in a variety of settings outside the United States and Canada. You may choose this minor:

(For the most up-to-date information regarding an ESL minor see Calvin's Course Catalog or this PDF)

Secondary/Elementary education minor in ESL

Find an advisor

Marcie Pyper (Spanish)

Elizabeth Vander Lei (English)

Take the following courses

Speech Pathology and Audiology 216 - Phonetics
ENGL 370 - Linguistics or SPAN 340 - Spanish Phonology (if completing the Spanish major)
ENGL 372- Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
ENGL 375 - Grammar for Teachers of ESL
IDIS 356 - Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy or IDIS 357 - Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
IDIS 301 - Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education (taken concurrently with EDUC 302-303)
Education 303 - Curriculum and Instruction: Practicum
Note: Students with a secondary education ESL minor should consider an English major (a 2 course overlap between major and minor is allowed). IDIS 301 should be taken concurrently with Education 303. Students who have already completed Education 303 prior to taking IDIS 301 should consult with the instructor of IDIS 301. Students must complete Clavin's foreign language core requirement.

Other state of Michigan requirements

Students enrolled in the elementary- and secondary-education minors in ESL must also demonstrate the following competencies:

Written and Spoken Rhetoric. Students must complete Written Rhetoric 101 with a minimum grade of C, and they must successfully complete CAS 100, 101, 200, or 214.

A Foreign Language. Students "must demonstrate a competency in a foreign language that is equivalent to two years study in college or to four years in high school with a minimum grade of C” (Calvin College Catalog, 1997/98, p. 71).

Education 303. If possible, students should have their placement in a school for Education 303 be in a classroom where ESL instruction regularly takes place.

Additional information

Note that IDIS 301 should be taken during the same fall semester as EDUC 303.

Students who wish to become certified to teach ESL must, in addition to the ESL minor, have a major.

Students are allowed a two-course overlap between the ESL minor and the major. Adult learners and teachers in the ESL endorsement program must demonstrate competency in at least one world language. Competency is defined as the successful completion of the equivalent of two years of study in college or four years in high school with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Non-education minor in ESL

Find an advisor

Marcie Pyper (Spanish)

Elizabeth Vander Lei (English)

Take the following courses

Speech Pathology and Audiology 216 - Phonetics
ENGL 370 - Linguistics or SPAN 340 - Spanish Phonology
ENGL 372- Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
ENGL 375 - Grammar for Teachers of ESL
IDIS 301 - Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education
Sociology 253 - Intercultural Communication
An advisor-approved elective.