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Study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Otago

TESOL is an acronym for both the study and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

TESOL has become an enormous international education industry. For instance, a recent British Council estimate indicated that half the world's population would be speaking or learning English by 2015, and that two billion people were expected to start learning English and three billion would speak it within a decade. More qualified TESOL practitioners will be required and recruited from English-speaking countries than ever before.

TESOL is available as a minor subject for several degrees. Taught by the Linguistics programme, the minor will be extremely useful to students who intend to teach English as a foreign language in New Zealand or overseas, or to students who would like to seek temporary employment in English language teaching while travelling overseas.

Minor subject requirements

TESOL as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points

LING 111 and one further 100-level LING paper



LING 231  Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

One further 200-level LING paper or EDUC 252  How People Learn



300-level One of:
LING 317  Child and Adult Language Development
LING 331  Advanced Topic in TESOL
LING 332  TESOL Practicum
Total   90

Note: This minor subject is not available for students majoring in Linguistics.

Key information for students

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