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Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) Certificate

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Contact: Bela Conley-Ramsay (
Phone: (808) 932-7243


The mission of the TESOL Certificate Program is to provide students a theoretical foundation and practical tools for teaching English as a second/foreign language.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the certificate program will:

  1. Have gained an overview of Second Language Acquisition Theory and how it relates to current practices in teaching ESL/EFL
  2. Have learned how to create formal lesson plans
  3. Have learned to create lessons in English as a second language (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and  Grammar)
  4. Have gained some experience teaching ESL students
  5. Have gained awareness of cultural differences
  6. Be able to modify lessons for varying age groups and levels of English proficiency
  7. Be prepared for possible interview scenarios


  • LING 102 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • LING 121 Introduction to Language (3) or LING 331 Language in Culture and Society (3)
  • ENG 324 Modern English Grammar and Usage (3)
  • ENG 350 Second Language Acquisition Theory (3)
  • ENG 422 ESL Teaching Practicum (3)
  • ENG 484 ESL Materials and Methods (3)

Note: Prospective candidates should note that Linguistics 102 and 121 are prerequisites for several of these courses and ENG/ESL 100 is a prerequisite for all English classes. 

Total: 18 semester hours

Rev. 9/3/13