• TESOL

    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    A World of Opportunity

    Today, 1.5 billion people are learning English across the globe. In United States public school classrooms alone, 5 million students are English learners. From orphanages in Africa to colleges in Asia to refugee centers in Europe to public K-12 schools in the United States, Lee University TESOL graduates equip children and adults to speak English. The impact of English proficiency can change lives and open entire new worlds for the learners. Whether you choose a BA (non-licensure), a BAT (teaching licensure), or a TESOL minor, a Lee TESOL degree can open doors for you as well.

    Two TESOL Paths at Lee

    Two different tracks of the TESOL program allow students to prepare for either (1) teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in public schools (BAT track) or (2) teaching English either overseas or to adults in the U.S. (BA track). Both tracks are taught by expert faculty and provide students with a strong foundation in TESOL pedagogy, linguistics, and language acquisition theory while also preparing them to become leaders in the field. Those in the BAT track take specialty courses in the major and in professional education to become licensed PreK-12 teachers upon graduation. Those in the BA track take specialty courses in TESOL and an additional major of their interest to graduate with a cross-disciplinary degree. (See Which is Right for You? For more information, click here).

    Real TESOL Experience While You Study

    The Lee University TESOL program is one of the only undergraduate programs of its kind to provide up to two years of English teaching experience before students graduate. Through the English Language Center, TESOL majors have the opportunity to plan and teach ESL classes to adult learners from over 15 countries and 10 language backgrounds. The Thursday evening classes are taught on the Lee University campus and are supervised by TESOL faculty who provide mentorship and feedback to the TESOL majors as they apply their developing knowledge of linguistics and language teaching pedagogy.

    In addition to the English Language Center, the Lee TESOL major provides a variety of other hands on experiences that prepare students with confidence and skills in the discipline. In the Curriculum Design & Assessment course, students plan an entire ESL program. On a Global Perspectives trip, students gain experience teaching in an overseas classroom. In the Literacy Center, students teach English learners to read for the very first time. And in the English Language Center Youth Program, the Lee TESOL majors mentor local middle and high school students who are still learning English and adjusting to the US classroom.


    Exciting Employment Opportunities After Graduation

    Lee University TESOL majors graduate with a world of professional employment opportunities in front of them. With qualified English teachers in high demand around the world, graduates from Lee University are presented with a range of options – from international colleges and schools to public and private schools in the U.S. Professors in the TESOL program take these life decisions seriously by praying for and encouraging students as they discern the Lord’s calling and navigate the wide range of job opportunities that are available after graduation.

Academic Calendar

8/04
All Summer Sessions Grades Due
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All Summer Sessions Grades Due
8/06
New Faculty Orientation
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New Faculty Orientation
8/06
New Faculty Orientation
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New Faculty Orientation
8/07
Deans and Chairs Workday
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Deans and Chairs Workday
8/10
Faculty Seminar
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Faculty Seminar
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