Overview

The minor in ESL prepares students to teach English as a second language within the U.S. or abroad. Students in elementary and secondary education programs must fulfill the requirements for the ESL education minor. Students interested in teaching abroad or in programs such as community education, literacy, or church outreach should fulfill the requirements for the non-education minor.

Course Requirements 2013-14

English as a Second Language

ESL Education minor

(21 semester hours)

  • SPAUD-216 Phonetics
  • One from:
  • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • ENGL-375 Grammar for Teachers of ESL
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-301 Bilingual & ESL Educaction - Elementary
  • EDUC-303 Curriculum & Instruction Practicum

Note that the ESL minor for teacher certification requires a major and that IDIS-301 and IDIS-302 must be taken concurrently with Education 303.

ESL Non-Education minor

(21 semester hours)

  • SPAUD-216 Phonetics
  • ENGL-370 Linguistics
  • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • ENGL-375 Grammar for Teachers of ESL
  • IDIS-301 Bilingual & ESL Educaction - Elementary
  • SOC-253 Intercultural Communication
  • An approved elective

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Winifred Holkeboer Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the English department
Kenneth and Lillian Kuiper Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the English department
Helen Hoogland Meulink Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • financial need required; secondary education; preference to an English major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Richard R. and Kathleen J. Tiemersma Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the English department
William E. and Margaret J. Van Wienen Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; have an interest and be active in community involvement projects
  • apply through the English department
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Faculty

Marilyn Bierling

Marilyn Bierling
Professor of Spanish
director: Interim program in Mexico
Department of Spanish
HH 403
mbierlin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8540

Albert Boerema

Albert Boerema
Professor of Education
Department of Education
SC 315
ajb37@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6036

Leanne Doornbos Nagel

Leanne Doornbos Nagel
ESL Instructor, Academic Counselor
SC 353
ldn2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8893

Marcie Pyper

Marcie Pyper
Professor, department chair
Department of Spanish
HH 405
mpyper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6356

Ronald Sjoerdsma

Ronald Sjoerdsma
Professor
Department of Education
SC 389
sjoero@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6213

David Smith

David Smith
Dir Institute for Chr Teaching, Professor
Department of German
SC 393
dsmith@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8609

Marj Terpstra

Marj Terpstra
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 307
mat7@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6190

Elizabeth Vander Lei

Elizabeth Vander Lei
Professor
department co-chair
Department of English
CFAC 273
bvlei@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6434

Talk to us

Elizabeth Vander Lei Elizabeth Vander Lei
Program Director
department co-chair
Department of English
CFAC 273
bvlei@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6434

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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in English as a Second Language as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

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Contact Elizabeth Vander Lei for more information about teacher certification in English As A Second Language

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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