A major in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) focuses on understanding the components of languages--sounds, words, and syntax or grammar--and the interrelationship between language and cultural attitudes, values, and practices, and then on applying this understanding to teaching English to those whose first or native language is not English (English language learners).
This major offers excellent preparation for vocations such as teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) both within the United States and in other countries, developing instructional materials--including resources for assessing language fluency--and working in government agencies and non-profit organizations in international settings. Also, by completing the Professional Sequence for Teacher Education, one may use a TESOL program to earn an ESL K-12 Endorsement on Iowa Teacher Licensure.
**Students should speak with an adviser to ensure all education requirements are met. Options for teaching endorsements can be found at the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website.