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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

***At this time, we are not accepting applications for the TESOL programs. (September 2020)***

What is TESOL?

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - as with any academic field, has its own language and commonly used acronyms. These terms are easy to confuse with each other, so to help you, here are some of the most commonly used acronyms in the field of TESOL education.

  • TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (the professional field that prepares teachers to address the needs of ELs)
  • ELs (or ELLs) - English Learners or English Language Learners - the students we serve
  • ESL - English as a Second Language - the service offered to students
  • ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages - the content area studied by teachers
  • EFL - English as a Foreign Language - the teaching of English outside an English speaking country

What is the need for TESOL?

  • English Learners (ELs) are the fastest growing segment of the US student population.
  • While the EL student population continues to increase dramatically, the number of well-trained teachers that can provide effective instruction to these students has not dramatically increased.
  • About 50% of teachers in the field report that they are unprepared to meet EL students’ needs.
  • ESOL is one of the areas that are hard-to-fill in Kansas.
  • ELs are much less likely than Native English Speaking peers to graduate from high school or meet state & national standards.


What can TESOL do for you and your students?

  • You become an effective teacher with strategies to support ALL learners, not just English Learners.
  • Marketability: Most school districts prefer teachers who have an ESOL Licensure through coursework.
  • Job security: Many school districts require their teachers to go back to college to get this licensure.
  • Research-based Quality Program and Best practices: Research has shown that ESU TESOL program completers possess knowledge, skills, dispositions, and strategies that support both ELs (English Learners) and all students in academic success.

The teacher of TESOL

  • Uses research-based critical pedagogical approach in Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • Uses Critical Cross-Cultural Communicative Competence (CCCCC)
  • Integrates Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (CALLT)
  • Belongs to a professional community

TESOL Programs

At Emporia State, we offer a master of arts, a certificate, and an endorsement in TESOL. These programs are designed to serve the increasing need for Teaching English as a Second and/or Foreign Language nationally at the college and public school levels and internationally in private and public institutions.

Contact the Department

Mailing Address:

TESOL Program
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4037
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address:

Department of Instructional Design & Technology/TESOL
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 3rd Floor
Main Office, Rm 328