Teaching English as a Second Language

Student ImageThe Teaching English as a Second Language Major introduces students to the opportunities and requirements for teaching English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language; the social, cultural, and religious factors that influence the effective acquisition of a second language; and principles, methods, and techniques of effective second-language instruction in a mission context. Emphasis is placed on the role of teaching the English language in the Christian ministry, both within and outside the United States. 

Students in the Teaching English as a Second Language major will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty dedicated to the spiritual formation and professional preparedness of each student. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework integrate a Bible & Theology Core and an Arts & Sciences Core.

Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students also apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Work in strategic, cross-cultural Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) vocations and professions worldwide.
  • Articulate biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for their chosen ministry field.
  • Implement missional ministry within world contexts.
  • Pursue Christian formational growth conducive to cross-cultural ministry.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Structure of the English Language
Teaching Cross-Culturally
Foundations in Linguistics
ESL/EFL Methods & Materials
ESL/EFL Internship

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective