TESOL Program Courses

TESOL Programs

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills to teach English in local and international cross-cultural settings. Courses in the TESOL program emphasize the practical aspects of teaching and ministry opportunities at home and abroad.

View the assigned symbol for each program and find the corresponding courses below.

  • Master of Arts in TESOL ( 1 )
  • ESL Endorsement ( 2 )
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL ( 3 )


TESOL Courses

LIN-501 Issues in TESOL  1, 2, 3
This course will explore issues that have an impact on the field of TESOL, including social, historical, legal and cultural influences. A broad scope of these issues may include philosophical differences, as well as classroom-specific difficulties.
Credits: 2  Weeks: 1  Location: Grand Rapids & Prague

LIN-565 TESOL Methodology I  1, 2, 3
This course will look at various methods and techniques used to teach language components (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation) and language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Practice in developing and implementing balanced and effective language lesson plans will be provided along with evaluating and selecting appropriate ESL teaching materials. Credits: 3  Weeks: 1  Location: Grand Rapids & Prague

LIN-525 Introduction to Linguistics  1, 2, 3
An introduction to the nature and structure of human language. Students will focus on the goals, techniques and subject matter of modern linguistics.
Credits: 3  Weeks: 6  Location: Online

LIN-535 Advanced English Grammar  1, 2, 3
This course will explore the descriptive and prescriptive grammar of English, which will be analyzed according to traditional, structural and transformational methods. Emphasis will also be placed on preparing students to teach grammar. Students will survey grammar teaching methodology in conjunction with the different areas of grammar studies.
Credits: 3  Weeks: 6  Location: Online

LIN-555 Sociolinguistics 1, 2, 3
The objective of this course will be to look at language in its social and cultural contexts. This course presents the basic socio-cultural variables (such as gender, age and social status) and shows their relation to language use and language learning. Areas covered in the course will include bilingualism, dialectology, language variation a style with their relation to multilingual educational situations.
Credits: 3  Weeks: 6  Location: Online

LIN-556 Second Language Acquisition 1, 2, 3
The objective of this course will be to examine the process of learning a second language. This course will survey current SLA theory and learning models. Emphasis will be given to the ways these theories and models shape pedagogical practices in ESL classrooms. Linguistic, cognitive, affective, cultural and social factors influencing the acquisition of another language will be explored.
Credits: 3  Weeks: 6  Location: Online

LIN-566 TESOL Methodology II 1
This course will focus on more specific areas of methods. The students will learn: different aspects of curriculum design and assessment such as how to correctly assemble a specific curriculum for their class an implement it, the different assessments available and how to decide which assessment to use and when to use it. The students will explore their own personal focus, methodology and philosophy of teaching. This will help them to self-evaluate as teachers and further help them use the resources given in this class to address issues previously mentioned.
Prerequisite: LIN-565 TESOL Methodology I
Credits: 3  Weeks: 1  Location: Grand Rapids & Prague

LIN-570 Application of Technology in TESOL 1, 3
A conceptual framework to evaluate using digital technologies in the ESL setting. Based on their evaluation, students have the opportunity to explore and apply the use of multiple tools in a project-based instructional environment. 
Credits: 2  Weeks: 4  Location: Grand Rapids & Prague

LIN-558 Materials Development & Integration 1
This course will aid the student in coordinating TESOL instruction with selected core subject areas, such as: science, social studies and mathematics, other subject areas such as music, physical education and art. Correlation of TESOL Objectives and National and State Standards in the content areas will be modeled in the field trips, games, and other activities. The student will use locally available materials and commercial hands-on manipulative materials to meet objectives in TESOL and other subjects.
Credits: 3  Weeks: 1  Location: Online

LIN-557 Action Research 1
This course will aid the student in evaluating claims based on research, review current best practices as indicated by meta-research and discuss implications for TESOL. Action research that can be implemented in a TESOL setting and used for professional reflection and improvement of instruction will be emphasized. Among the methods included will be local data collection, structured interview, open-ended interview, case study, reflective case study, portfolio analysis and use of technology for self-assessment.
Credits: 3  Weeks: 6  Location: Online

LIN-594 TESOL Capstone  1, 2, 3
A capstone designed to allow students to integrate various principles of the program through a thesis or practicum. Students seeking a Michigan Department of Education endorsement are required to choose the practicum. Prerequisite: LIN565 TESOL Methodology I
Credits: 5  Weeks: 7