UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Adult/University-Level TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Sandra Pucci, Associate Professor, Linguistics, CRT 537, (414) 229-6166, pucci@uwm.edu

The Adult/University-Level TESOL Undergraduate Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or university-level students abroad. The program is open to undergraduates with at least junior standing, to post-baccalaureate special students, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. Non-degree students must meet regular University admission requirements. Graduate students or post-baccalaureate non-degree students should pursue instead the "Adult/University-Level TESOL Graduate Certificate." Training in the graduate certificate program is more rigorous, and some credits earned can be transferred to the Linguistics Department MA program.


Students who wish to apply to the program should submit the following materials to the TESOL Certificate Program coordinator in the Department of Linguistics:

a. Adult/University-Level TESOL Undergraduate Certificate Program application form (available from the TESOL Certificate Program Coordinator);

b. Transcripts of all college-level academic work, with evidence of a GPA of 2.500 or better;

c. A statement of purpose; and

d. Two letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant's recent academic and/or work experience.

Applicants who are not native speakers of English also should submit scores of least 550 on the TOEFL exam and 45 on the TSE.

Credits and Courses

Students are required to complete the six courses (18 credits) plus teaching internship (3 credits) outlined below. All credits must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Linguis 350

Introduction to Linguistics

Linguis 410

Literacy, Grammar, and Methodologies in ESL Education

Linguis 420

Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

English/Linguis 565  

Introduction to Adult/University-Level TESOL

One of the following two courses:

Linguis 430

Language and Society

Anthro/Linguis 570

Issues in Bilingualism

One elective selected from the following:

English 404

Language, Power, and Identity

Linguis 415

First Language Acquisition

Linguis 460

Sounds and Sound Systems

Linguis 464

Word and Sentence Structure

Linguis 468

Language in Its Various Forms: (subtitle)

Linguis 470

Historical/Comparative Linguistics

Linguis 560

Advanced Phonology

Linguis 564

Advanced Syntax

The following practicum course:

English/Linguis 569

Practicum in Teaching ESL to Adult Learners

The teaching practicum is completed at one of the institutions affiliated with the certificate program. The site of the internship may be chosen by the student, but it must be approved by the certificate program staff. The student is expected to complete between 60 and 80 hours of supervised teaching over a period of a semester.

Undergraduate students concurrently completing a bachelor’s degree receive the certificate upon completion of their degree requirements; post-baccalaureate special students and non-degree students receive the certificate upon completion of the required coursework and internship.

Students who previously have taken any of the required courses while enrolled as non-degree undergraduate students or students in other undergraduate programs at UWM may transfer the credits earned into the certificate program, so long as the courses have been taken within the last five years. Students who have taken comparable undergraduate-level courses at other institutions may be allowed to transfer in up to 6 credits of coursework, upon approval of the certificate program coordinator.

There is a time limit of three years from initial enrollment for completion of the certificate.

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