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Linguistics as a Subject Minor

The minor in Linguistics is an attractive option for those who plan to major in areas such as languages, communication studies, anthropology, education, and information or computer science.

Linguistics Minor

100-level: LING 111; and one paper from LING 112, MFCO 103, or any 100-level language paper in one of the approved languages, namely, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Māori (MAOR 110, 111, 112), and Spanish
200-level: LING 214 and LING 215
300-level: Any one 300-level LING paper

TESOL as a Subject Minor

The study and practice of Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) continues to grow exponentially as a major segment of the international education industry. English is the global lingua franca, the language learned and used by more second language speakers than any other language and the language most widely distributed across the world. TESOL practitioners are constantly required and recruited from English-speaking countries. The TESOL Minor is a useful option for students intending to make a career of teaching English as a foreign language in New Zealand or overseas. It is also very useful for someone seeking temporary employment while travelling abroad for an extended period.

The TESOL minor structure is:

100-level: LING 111 and LING 112
200-level: LING 231 and one of LING 214, LING 215 or EDUC 252
300-level: one of LING 331, LING 319 or LING 332
Note: This minor cannot be taken in conjunction with the major in Linguistics but can be taken in conjunction with the major in English and Linguistics, the major in Language and Linguistics or any other major(s).

The TESOL minor is subsumed in the Linguistics major. Students majoring in Linguistics, who have taken the relevant TESOL papers, will (on application) be provided with a letter from the TESOL co-ordinator indicating that the TESOL minor requirements have been met.

Note that the TESOL minor does not qualify students for primary or secondary school teacher registration. Students who wish to acquire a formal teaching qualification for New Zealand schools (other than language schools) are advised to approach the College of Education.

For further information, please contact Dr Moyra Sweetnam Evans.