Teaching English as a Second Language - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English
113 Satterfield Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2676
english@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/english


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language provides students with a broad understanding of both theory and practice in language studies, pedagogy and culture. Students gain mastery in implementing their skills in varied second-language teaching contexts; in addition, they can observe and participate with international learners in a state-of-the-art technology classroom. Students completing optional practicum work abroad, receive a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Students can additionally work toward state teacher licensure by completing the Education minor.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their professional knowledge through projects and writing.
  2. Demonstrate learning and effective teaching practices that incorporate distance learning, computer-assisted learning and effective use of software.
  3. Engage with diversity by defining and identifying the English language learners they are likely to serve, and by developing effective teaching strategies to teach for diversity.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BA-TESL]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ENG 31001FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR 3
ENG 31002HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
or ENG 31004 LEXICOLOGY/LEXICOGRAPHY
ENG 31003LINGUISTICS 3
ENG 31005CHILD SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 13
or ENG 31009 ADULT SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
ENG 31007PEDAGOGY FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 3
ENG 31008GRAMMAR FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGE 3
ENG 41002COMPUTERS IN SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING 3
ENG 41003LANGUAGE CURRICULUM, MATERIALS AND ASSESSMENT 3
ENG 41092ESL/EFL PRACTICUM IN INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAMS (ELR) 23
or ENG 41292 TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE PRACTICUM (ELR)
Writing Elective, choose from the following:3
WRITING AND RHETORIC IN A DIGITAL AGE
WRITING, RHETORIC AND NEW MEDIA
PRINCIPLES OF TECHNICAL WRITING
PROFESSIONAL WRITING
ARGUMENTATIVE PROSE WRITING
WRITING IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE (ELR)
Language and Thought in World Perspective Electives, choose from the following:6
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG)
WORLD ENGLISHES (DIVG) (WIC) 3
SOCIOLINGUISTICS IN SCHOOLING (DIVD) (WIC) 3
MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)14-16
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences)3
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences)3
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)27
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students declared in the Education minor should take ENG 31005. ENG 31009 may be taken as an elective.

2

Student should take  ENG 41292 towards the requirements for the Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate

3

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing intensive requirement.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • Foreign Language College Requirement

    Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1

    To complete the requirement, students have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

    1. Intermediate I and II of the same language 2
    2. Elementary I and II of a second language
    3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    1

    All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses.This may be accomplished by (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level; (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP); or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.

    2

    Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ENG 31001 FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR 3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ENG 31003 LINGUISTICS 3
Foreign Language 3
College General Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
ENG 31002
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
or LEXICOLOGY/LEXICOGRAPHY
3
ENG 31005
CHILD SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
or ADULT SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
3
ENG 31008 GRAMMAR FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGE 3
Language and Thought in World Perspective Elective 3
Writing Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
ENG 31007 PEDAGOGY FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 3
ENG 41002 COMPUTERS IN SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING 3
ENG 41092
ESL/EFL PRACTICUM IN INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAMS (ELR)
or TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE PRACTICUM (ELR)
3
College General Requirement 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Language and Thought in World Perspective Elective 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
ENG 41003 LANGUAGE CURRICULUM, MATERIALS AND ASSESSMENT 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120